Kids Help Phone is now available via Facebook Messenger for the first time, offering young people and adults access to 24/7 crisis support. The new feature was thanks to generous funding from RBC Foundation and an anonymous donor, explains Kids Help Phone.
“This has been a challenging time for people’s mental health — the pandemic has created a new layer of fear, stress and worry to our lives. Collaborating with internationally recognized mental health partners, like Kids Help Phone, we’re working to help Canadians easily access well-being support and resources through our platforms.” Said Jessica Smith, Public Policy Associate Manager, Facebook Canada, in a statement emailed to iPhone in Canada.
Also made available today is an Instagram Guide for youth “with advice on how to cope when struggling with mental health and well-being.”
Facebook also announced today it will begin to “demote news articles on Facebook that describe suicide in unsafe ways per guidelines from the CDC, WHO and other health organizations.”
You can click here to visit the Crisis Text line powered by Kids Help Phone on Messenger.