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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Helpline

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On November 30, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) through the Canadian Radio and Television Corporation (CRTC) announced a national three digit Mental Health and Suicide Prevention hotline number, 988.

CAMH’s new role in leading the development of 988 service delivery in Canada builds on their experience delivering Talk Suicide Canada, previously known as the Canada Suicide Prevention Service. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has been selected as the organization to lead the coordination of service delivery for the national three-digit number.

In the face of increased demand for crisis services, 9-8-8 provides:

  • A number that’s easy to remember in a crisis situation.
  • Support in English and in French, by phone and text.
  • Quick access to support from trained responders, available 24/7/365.
  • High quality, evidence-based, equitable suicide prevention and crisis support for everyone in Canada.

For more information about 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline, visit More information is also available at 9-8-8 | CAMH and 9-8-8 number for mental health and suicide prevention | CRTC.