Crisis calls steady

Demand remains steady at the People In Need Crisis Line.

The non-profit agency received 506 calls in February and 503 calls in March. Of those, suicide-related calls accounted for 10 per cent in February and 7.4 per cent in March.

Thirty-one per cent of the calls in February were for mental and emotional health while they were 30.8 per cent in March.

Ten per cent of the calls in February were personal and family concerns but that climbed to 13.7 per cent in March.

Physical health accounted for about five per cent of calls in February and March while addictions comprised one per cent.

“The crisis line is a free 24-hour, seven days a week support and referral service,” said June Hawkins, with the agency. “Our commitment is to provide anonymous and non-judgemental short term emotional support.”

If you are in need of assistance, contact the People In Need Crisis Line at 1-888-353-2273.



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