News and Upcoming Events

A must-see event is coming up as we honour International Women's Day on March 8, 2018. The Parksville-Qualicum chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women will host this event and have informed us that they will donate net proceeds to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society. Thank you so much to CFUW Parksville-Qualicum!

What an amazing experience it is to volunteer on the Vancouver Island Crisis Line! Empowering and inspiring for both the Callers and the Crisis Line Workers! Check out all the details about our upcoming training session, which includes a breakdown of the training schedule. This comprehensive learning experience begins on April 16, 2018.

The generous folks at 460 Realty Inc. present Elizabeth Newcombe (far left) and Matt Dunae (far right) with a cheque to help fund our crisis chat and text services and our school programs. Thank you to Leslie Kaardal, Doug Scheibel, Peter Gallacher, and Cory McNabb for their wonderful community fundraising efforts.

The board of directors of the Vancouver Island Crisis Society honour Executive Director Elizabeth Newcombe for 25 years of service! And what a well-deserved honour it is! We thank Liz for her hard work, her dedication, her countless achievements, her passion, her vision, her compassion, and her leadership!

Board members Anita Rosewall Peters, Maggie Smith, Raymond Shred, Phil Stiller, and Sharon Erickson thank Elizabeth Newcombe for her many years of dedicated service.

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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. Many of our community partners report 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 so that we can sustain our Crisis Chat and Crisis Text services. Please donate via! Thank you!


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The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is proud to be part of the Canada Suicide Prevention Service project. Please see article published in The Star on September 6, 2017.

A partner of the Vancouver Island Crisis Society, the Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division has created a comprehensive suicide awareness and prevention campaign which invites everyone to Ask About Suicide:  "For many who feel suicidal, a conversation can mean everything."

Profound Learning Experiences Await!

View our Calendar for the latest listing of volunteer training and community workshops offered by the Vancouver Island Crisis Society.

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The GRASP student who authored this poem has faced the challenges of feeling unsupported in life. GRASP can provide the means to support and create change for those feeling alone. Find out about GRASP (Growth, Resilience, Acknowledgement, Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Personal Planning).

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.