Kids Help Phone (French: Jeunesse, J’écoute) is a Canadian charitable organization that provides online and telephone counselling and volunteer-led, text-based support in English and French to youth across Canada. Kids Help Phone also provides information on how to access community support services for youth.[2]

Kids Help Phone
FormationMay 16, 1989 (1989-05-16)
Registration no.13000 5846 RR0001
Legal statusCharitable organization
PurposeYouth mental health support
  • Canada
President & CEO
Katherine Hay
Lynn Roger (Chair)
Revenue (2019)
Expenses (2019)$20,423,655[1]
Volunteers (2020)

Organization and activities edit

Kids Help Phone was launched in 1989[3] and its website was launched in 1996.[4]

The organization expanded its mandate in 2002 from providing counselling to more types of support, including bullying and abuse.[4]

Kids Help Phone provides free and confidential mental health support to Canadian youth.[5] Services were originally telephone based with the more recent provision of text message and internet based text message support.[6] In 2016, Kids Help Line launched BroTalk website and internet based chat services to address the specific mental health needs of young men.[7][8]

In June 2022 the Canadian government announced a contribution agreement with Kids Help Phone to provide counselling services for young Afghan and Ukrainian refugees in the languages of Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian and Russian. The government indicated it will also provide contributions that will allow Kids Help Phone to hire interpreters in 100 languages by 2025. In 2019, Kids Help Phone began to offer outreach services in Arabic and Mandarin.[9]

The organization's 2023 Feel Out Loud campaign to promote youth mental health was supported by an all-star supergroup recording of Serena Ryder's single "What I Wouldn't Do".[10]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b "Financial Statement 2019" (PDF). Kids Help Phone. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ "About Kids Help Phone". Kids Help Phone. Retrieved 2022-04-24.
  3. ^ "Get Insights". Kids Help Phone. Retrieved 2022-04-24.
  4. ^ a b Daw, J., Cone, C. (2010). Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding: Seven Principles to Power Extraordinary Results. Germany: Wiley.
  5. ^ Haner, Dilys; Pepler, Debra (2017). "Adolescents show positive changes in distress and hope after single session, post-based, anonymous counselling at kids help phone". Children and Youth Services Review. 82 (C): 207–213. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.09.004.
  6. ^ Haner D, Pepler D. "Live Chat" Clients at Kids Help Phone: Individual Characteristics and Problem Topics. J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016;25(3):138-144.
  7. ^ Mak, Carolyn; Pratt, Megan; Black, Tara; Simon, Alisa (2015-03-20). "BRIEF REPORT: Kids Help Phone: Developing a New Go-To Online Mental Health Platform Designed for Young Men in Canada". International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience. 3 (1): 143–147. ISSN 2292-1761.
  8. ^ "Kids Help Phone launches new 'BroTalk' service for teen boys". CTV News. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "Government of Canada funds kids help phone to expand mental health services for Afghan and Ukrainian youth". Retrieved 2023-01-24.
  10. ^ Brent Furdyk, "Feel Out Loud: Alessia Cara, Serena Ryder & More Canadian Artists Collaborate On New Single Promoting Youth Mental Health Initiative" Archived 2023-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. Entertainment Tonight Canada, March 2, 2023.

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