Gov’t Boosts Kids Help Line With $7.5 Million Investment
Thousands of Sault Ste. Marie and area young people are staying at home, away from school or work to help our community flatten the curve of this historic COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada recognizes this contribution being made by young people and has invested $7.5 million, to support Kids Help Phone, a service that provides information and moral support to youth who need someone to talk to. The government wants to ensure there are counsellors and trained volunteers ready to listen and answer any questions our young people might have, and to assure them that there are many Canadians, of all ages, working together, who are confident that this pandemic will be controlled in time.
During the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada is working hard to help Canadians, including our youth and seniors. Over the last week alone, we have announced major new supports for families, for workers, and for businesses. But even with this extra help, people are facing a tough situation. And, for people who were already struggling, it’s even harder now.
The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced measures to help vulnerable Canadians cope with the impacts of the COVID‑19 pandemic.
“I encourage all young Canadians in Sault Ste. Marie and area to text 686868 or call 1-800-668-6868 the confidential Kids Help Phone whenever they have questions or concerns. It is clear, that many young people are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and what is happening in their immediate communities, throughout the country, and worldwide. I am gratified that the Government of Canada has invested in the well-being of the younger generation by providing funding to Kids Help Phone.” – MP Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary for Fednor and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for the Riding of Sault Ste. Marie
These measures will, in part, help provide young people with mental health supports, boosting support for counselling services to children and youth. As a result of school closures and reduced access to community resources, Kids Help Phone is experiencing increased demand for its 24/7 confidential online, telephone, and text counselling services across Canada. The Government of Canada is giving $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone to provide young people with the mental health support they need during this difficult time.
You can reach Kids Help Phone 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868; text to 686868; or also reach them online at https://kidshelpphone.ca/