Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1‑888-494-3888
The 24-hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line is an Island Health contracted service.
Please see note for out-of-province callers.
Please note that, due to a staff shortage, Crisis Chat and Crisis Text services may not be available. We invite you to call the Crisis Line, which is available 24/7, should these online services be temporarily inaccessible.
Crisis Text Services
from your mobile.
Available from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Pacific Time, seven days a week.
If you have unlimited coverage for
SMS text messages with your mobile service
provider, the texting service will be free of charge.
Crisis Chat Services
Available seven days a week,
from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
(If we are ever offline between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, we are experiencing technical difficulties.)
Helping People Find their Way
The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is contracted by 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, as well as Crisis Chat and Crisis Text services, through which we provide short-term nonjudgemental support, crisis intervention, information, and resources; training in schools with youth, teachers, counsellors, and parents; regional consultation and workshops regarding suicide bereavement support; 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
When registering for a VICS Community Education workshop, you help to financially support our Crisis Chat and Crisis Text services.