You may or may not have noticed that the Canada Suicide Prevention Service – a nation-wide 24/7 crisis support line that also offers text support – has rebranded to Talk Suicide Canada. This change has occurred seemingly without any mention beyond the featured snippet on Google that may pop up, depending on what you search, which reads “This is the new website for Talk Suicide Canada, formerly the Canada Suicide Prevention Service. We might look a bit different, but the service hasn’t changed. We’re still here to offer you help when you need it most”.
The new website mentions that the Talk Suicide Canada service is a joint initiative between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Crisis Services Canada, and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It also states that it is a network of 11 distress centres across the country that field the calls and texts.
With the recent news of Canada moving forward with plans to implement a three-digit (9-8-8) phone number as its national mental health crisis and suicide prevention line, I am curious whether or not we may learn more about the change to Talk Suicide Canada.
In the meantime, Canada’s crisis support line can still be accessed by calling 1-833-456-4566 24/7, or by text to 45645 between 4pm and midnight EDT.