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Investing $177M in 9-8-8 Suicide Prevention Hotline

In Budget 2023, we made several commitments to improving access to mental health care,
implementing mental health supports, and launching the 9-8-8 Suicide Prevention Line. Yesterday, we delivered on that promise.

We’re investing over $177 million over three years in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for the implementation of the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Helpline and to help increase the capacity of their distress centers.

Starting November 30, 2023, the 9-8-8 helpline will be available in both English and French, 24/7, and will be free of charge no matter where you are. Canadians will be able to call or text the three-digit helpline to access trauma-informed and culturally appropriate crisis services.

As we continue to work towards the launch of the 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline, Canadians still have access to Talk Suicide Canada, which offers 24/7 bilingual crisis and suicide prevention support. Talk Suicide can be reached at 1-833-456-4566 or at for support by online chat.

We’re focused on protecting Canadians and getting everyone access to the mental health care that they deserve.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for

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