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 suicide.ca for support by online chat.
We’re focused on protecting Canadians and getting everyone access to the mental health care that they deserve.