Providing 24-Hour Crisis Line Support and Resources for Vancouver Island and BC
Crisis Society News
The person who provided the feedback which we present for our ninth week of GRASP commentary by students was clearly thrilled by the learning experience. We appreciate this student’s evident enthusiasm about our 12-hour program. Find out about GRASP (Growth, Resilience, Acknowledgement, Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Personal Planning).
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The Vancouver Island Crisis Line is an emergency service and statistics show that reaching out to talk to someone in a time of crisis can prevent thoughts of suicide from becoming actions. This service saves lives daily and it should be a priority that it is available to all, no matter the age or the vicinity. In the past year many of our community partners reported that their clients only have the ability to communicate via text due to financial strain or isolation. We hope that you will consider adding the Vancouver Island Crisis Society to your list of donation recipients this year so that we can sustain our Crisis Chat and Crisis Text services. Please donate via the CanadaHelps.org! Thank you!
The Vancouver Island Crisis Society’s 2016 Annual Report outlines the Crisis Society’s various accomplishments for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
On June, 25, 2016, Stacy Dean and Dave Vermaning hosted a motorcycle ride to promote suicide awareness and prevention in memory of a family member who died by suicide in October 2015. The ride began in North Cowichan and finished at the Royal Legion in Shawnigan Lake (a Crisis Society donor). Donations can still be made to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society by calling 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.
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.
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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.
CALL FOR SUPPORT.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
If you are in crisis,
please call the Crisis Line.
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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
310Mental Health Support:
(“1” in front of phone number is not required) BC-wide
Crisis Chat available from 6pm to 10pm daily by visiting our entry page.
Crisis Textavailable from 6pm to 10pm daily. Call 250-800-3806 for support.
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.