If you are in crisis or need to talk, we are here to listen. For 24-hour help, call:
- 1-888-353-CARE (2273) for the Crisis Line
- 310-6789 for the Mental Health Crisis Line
- or 1-800 Suicide (1-800-784-2433) if you would like information, resources, or support during a suicide-related crisis for suicide-specific concerns.
Trained Crisis Line volunteers can help with a variety of mental health issues such as suicide risk, stressors in relationships, and domestic violence. What determines a crisis depends on the individual, and we recognize that not all people deal with life’s stressors in exactly the same ways.
Crisis Line volunteers are available to listen, help problem solve, and help make connections to community resources in the East Kootenay region.
Last year, the Crisis Line responded to more than 4000 crisis calls. That’s more than 330 calls a month.
Crisis Line and the Community
The Crisis Line has been in existence since the early seventies. What started as a simple service with a few good-hearted people has turned into a service with a comprehensive training program and community safeguards in place.
This program is now considered an ‘essential service’ in the region. We are striving to be an integral part of the East Kootenays by offering a 24-hour support system and safety net to those in crisis. We’ve also been part of a consultation team for clients with chronic mental illness, to ensure a strong support system is in place when things are not going well.
The Crisis Line exists through the wonderful efforts of our volunteers. All calls ensure confidentiality for the volunteer and client. Volunteers are skilled at getting help to those in need.
For more information or to volunteer call 250-426-5222.
The Crisis Line is funded by the Interior Health Authority.