On September 10th, 2004 -- World Suicide Prevention Day -- five crisis centres in British Columbia opened the lines on the first province-wide suicide distress line in Canada. After years of preparation and work, these five Crisis Centres offered the people of BC another avenue for support.
Today the number of Crisis Centres participating has expanded.
This line -- which can be reached by dialing 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) from anywhere in BC -- is available 24-hours a day, and is free. The goal of the 1-800-SUICIDE line is to ensure that no suicide call will go unanswered - that suicidal people are able to access the help they need. People who are suicidal are often feeling alone, isolated and hopeless. This is why it is so important that these people reach a human being and not a busy signal or answering machine. Initially the calls are routed to the closest Crisis Centre on the network; if that Centre is busy the call will route to another Crisis Centre.
The Crisis Centre for Northern BC is grateful for the funding which made this innovation possible. Our deepest thanks to Telus, The Vancouver Foundation, and the BC Hydro Employees' Community Services Fund (HYDRECS fund) for their assistance in operating this line for the first two years; and to the Provincial Health Services Authority for providing funds since that time.
Business Line: 250-564-5736
Sandra Boulianne, Executive Director: 250-564-9658
Jay Khatra, Program Coordinator: 250-564-9312
Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Information Centre for Northern BC
Fifth Floor, 1600 3rd Avenue
Prince George, BC
Accredited by American Association of Suicidology.