The Vancouver Island Crisis Society

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

Crisis Society News

  • WSPD2016_for_newspageThe 10th Soles Remembering Souls event, in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day, is presented on September 10, 2016, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo. This gathering, which includes a Walk of Reflection, connects people who have struggled with the complex grief that comes with suicide loss.



Vancouver Island Crisis Society In Connection Newsletter August 2016The August 2016 edition of the Crisis Society’s In Connection newsletter totals 36 pages and contains detailed articles about Soles Remembering Souls, Indigenous Youth Wellness Project, Vancouver Island Depression, Risk for Suicide in Construction Industry, Physician-Assisted Death, the Zero Suicide initiative, and much more.

grasp student iceberg metaphor

  • For the 13th weekly feedback post by GRASP students, we present a student’s terrific artwork, which depicts the iceberg metaphor discussed in the program. Click on the illustration above to view it in detail. Find out about GRASP (Growth, Resilience, Acknowledgement, Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Personal Planning).
  • 97% of Canadians Use Mobile Phones At Home
    Canada Leads the World in Internet Usage
    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! Thank you!

  • 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). Thank you, Stacy and Dave, for raising $1270.00 for the Crisis Society!

  • 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

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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.


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

Crisis Chat available from 6pm to 10pm daily by visiting our entry page.

Crisis Text available 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.

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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