The Vancouver Island Crisis Society


Providing 24-Hour Crisis Line Support and Resources for Vancouver Island and BC


Crisis Chat and Crisis Text available from the Vancouver Island Crisis SocietyAlso available:
Crisis Chat and Crisis Text Online Emotional Support

Crisis Chat: Click here, then click on green button when online.

Crisis Text: Dial 250-800-3806 from your mobile.

Both services are offered for all ages from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Pacific Time, 7 days a week.

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Upcoming Training Sessions

Services available from the Vancouver Island Crisis Society

Crisis Society News

  • The Vancouver Island Crisis Society weekly presents our second weekly feedback comment by a student who attended our GRASP school program (Growth, Resilience, Acknowledgement, Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Personal Planning).

  • Matt Dunae, Community Education Trainer for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society, shares his experiences of Living in the Aftermath of Suicide (Nanaimo News Bulletin, March 21, 2016).


  • On June, 25, 2016, Stacy Dean and Dave Vermaning will be hosting a motorcycle ride to promote suicide awareness and prevention in memory of a family member who died by suicide in October 2015. The ride will begin in North Cowichan and finish at the Royal Legion in Shawnigan Lake (a Crisis Society donor). They are looking for donations to fundraise for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society. Call 250-589-1922 or 250-686-6960. Thank you, Stacy and Dave!


  • The February 2016 edition of In Connection, the Crisis Society’s newsletter, whose cover pays tribute to random acts of kindness, addresses eating disorders, refugee supports, the Break the Silence campaign, emergency preparedness, and Crisis Society updates.
  • clabc_logo_for_emailSINGLE NUMBER ACCESS SURVEY: Currently, the Crisis Line Association of BC (CLABC) operates its crisis lines network under two names: 1800SUICIDE and 310Mental Health Support. In 2016, CLABC will operate the crisis line network under a single, easy-to-remember name and toll-free number that everyone in the community can access for support. In preparation for this upgrade, CLABC is reaching out to community stakeholders to increase awareness about the upcoming change, and to ask for your feedback in choosing a new name for the network. The Vancouver Island Crisis Society operates the Vancouver Island Crisis Line who is a network partner that answers provincial calls from the networks. Focus groups will be planned with selected stakeholders in the next couple of months in various island communities. The Vancouver Island Crisis Line will continue to operate locally on Vancouver Island while continuing to participate in taking calls from the provincial network. Another way that you can have a voice in choosing the name for the network is to go to this link and complete a short survey of eight questions. Thank you for taking the time to participate in the CLABC’s survey.
  • The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is all about community and is dedicated to making their radio stations the voices of the cities they serve. Their philosophy is simple: Local, Local, Local. By working with organizations like ours, they further their mandate in a very relevant way. The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is grateful for the continued support provided by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Lives are saved because of this important message being broadcast to our communities.

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group supports the Vancouver Island Crisis Society


Check out our TV commercial!

We are pleased to present our second commercial. Shaw customers on Vancouver Island are able to see our public service announcement on many Shaw television stations.


If you are in crisis,
please call the Crisis Line.

Emails sent from this website are
directed to administrative personnel
(not crisis line workers)
and are reviewed
only during business hours.

Crisis lines are available 24 hours per day,
seven days a week.

Vancouver Island Crisis Line:
for people needing emotional support, including suicide and mental health issues

Suicide Provincial Network:

310Mental Health Support:
(“1” in front of phone number is not required) BC-wide

Helping People Find their Way

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is contracted by the Island Health to provide the Vancouver Island Crisis Line service to the entire island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, and the mainland communities between Powell River and Rivers Inlet.

We are a registered non-profit agency whose services include 24-hour crisis lines (providing crisis intervention, information, and resources); crisis chat and crisis text services; regional support of Suicide Bereavement Support Group meetings; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshops, training in schools with youth and teachers; and various workshops and customized training addressing suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and communication skills for individuals and agencies throughout our communities.

We also work in partnership with Island Health to provide public access to Mental Health and Substance Use services in the communities administered by Island Health.

Crisis is a point of opportunity as well as danger.
Successful crisis intervention involves
helping people take advantage of the opportunity
and avoid the danger inherent in crisis.

Lee Ann Hoff
People in Crisis

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia for Community Education programming

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver IslandProud to be the recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for youth suicide prevention programs.


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