Have you heard of Kids Help Phone? Well you are one click away from learning about a very worthwhile organization that helps kids and teens receive access to a counsellor by phone or online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I was introduced to this worthwhile service through a former client who is now proudly working to support Kids Help Phone’s efforts.
Kids from 5 – 20 years of age can get assistance; support through counsel, information and referrals to appropriate social services agencies in their community. They also offer public education programs to address issues that are important in the lives and protection of our children. From the programs and calls received Kids Help Phone produces research reports that are helpful to parents and youth alike. Discussing topics such as Online Relationships and Internet Safety, Bullying and the growing threat to kids, Cyber-Bullying; all relevant topics to explore.
The mental health of our children is so important and the reality is they need a place to go without fear of judgement or reprisal for speaking their truth; sharing their feelings with complete anonoymity. Suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety are real issues that some young people face and Kids Help Phone is one service that may save a life. Trying to get access to counselling can be difficult, even adults have trouble finding someone to see right away which can often leave them feeling helpless. Thankfully, if your child needed to reach out and did not feel comfortable to talk with you, there is hope. Wouldn’t you want a professional to step in and help?
On May 1st people across Canada will walk in support of Kids Help Phone. Break the silence of Mental Health – Walk So Kids Can Talk and show you care. Donate, walk or volunteer and be part of helping kids know that somebody will always listen.