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9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline Launches Across Canada with CMHA HKPR Being a Local Provider

The Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) is pleased to announce today’s launch of the new 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline which is now available to individuals across Canada. Locally, CMHA HKPR has been selected as one of nearly 40 national 9-8-8 partners.

“We are incredibly excited about the launch of 9-8-8 and a proud partner. Individuals in crisis now have access to a three-digit, easy to remember number for support available to them 24/7. We believe this will have a huge impact on access to support in our region and across Canada,” says Mark Graham, Chief Executive Officer.

9-8-8 is for anyone across Canada thinking of suicide, or who is worried about someone they know. 9-8-8 responders are ready to listen and provide confidential support without judgement. Starting today, November 30th, individuals can call or text 9-8-8 for support 24/7.

Individuals calling from a local area code in Peterborough, Haliburton, Northumberland, or Kawartha Lakes, will be routed to local call takers at the CMHA HKPR call center in downtown Peterborough and connected with local supports.

CMHA HKPR’s Four County Crisis, widely known as ‘4CC’, has been rebranded into the Integrated Crisis Intervention Services Model. Individuals who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or emotional distress, or who are worried about someone they know, can now call 9-8-8 instead of Four County Crisis.

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Media Contact:
Caitlin Morris
Communications and Community Relations Specialist

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