Co-operators is connecting young people to the mental health support they need – and to each other

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In 1945, Co-operators was founded to take care of families and communities. Today, they remain true to their roots by supporting community investments, strategic partnerships, and active volunteerism that are helping to create a stronger, safer and more resilient society.

For more than three decades, Co-operators has counted Kids Help Phone as a key partner in this mission, helping to fuel our evolution and investing in services that meet the needs of young people, across Canada.

Their transformational support as one of the founding donors of the Crisis Text Line has helped to enable millions of connections with youth from coast to coast to coast and, thanks to their generous support, Kids Help Phone remains at the very forefront of data-driven, technology-enabled e-mental health solutions that meet young people where they’re at – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Most recently, Cooperators helped make possible the launch of a critical new access point to e-mental health care: the Peer-to-Peer Community at Kids Help Phone – a safe, online forum for young people to connect with their peers. Since youth are most likely to reach out to a peer as their first point of contact, this service meets a known gap in the youth mental health ecosystem.

As a founding donor of this online communication platform, Co-operators has enabled even greater connectivity for youth seeking support, powering a space where users can encourage and uplift one another, share a spark of hope, and inspire their peers on their collective journeys toward better mental health.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Co-operators for making this transformational work possible.

Our long-standing partnership with Kids Help Phone is one way we are ensuring that essential mental health supports are both accessible to young people and adapted to meet their needs. Recognizing that youth mental health in Canada remains a significant area of need, we are proud to have committed $1M to KHP’s Crisis Text Line and Peer Support Program since 2018.

— Shawna Peddle, Associate Vice President, Citizenship, Co-operators