9-8-8 Suicide prevention line launches across Canada

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9-8-8 has launched across Canada for people to call or text if they or someone they know is thinking about suicide.

The line will be answered by responders who are as close to your location as possible.

“CMHA Wood Buffalo applauds the federal government’s commitment and investment in the 988 Suicide Crisis Helpline,” says CMHA Wood Buffalo Executive Director, Susan Goll.

“This Helpline is going to save lives.”

Fort McMurray residents can still call the Crisis Line at 780-743-HELP (4357) to speak to a local volunteer. 9-8-8 will connect you to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Edmonton.

The line is aimed to be easy to remember if you are in crisis and provides bilingual support from trained responders to give crisis support and suicide prevention tips.

An average of 12 people per day die by suicide in Canada while more than 200 attempt suicide, according to Statistics Canada.

“We see people in our communities struggling every day,” says Margaret Eaton, CMHA National CEO.

“The 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline is an important step towards addressing Canada’s mental health crisis and creating a country where mental health is a universal human right.”

9-8-8 is available by phone and text 24/7, even on holidays.

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