Paying it forward, one step at a time

From service-user to supporter.

When Cole needed help, you were there. Now, he’s joined the Kids Help Phone family of supporters by raising money through the Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO!

Life suddenly felt like way too much to handle and I felt like I didn’t have anyone to talk to about what was going on.

My mom was a single parent, raising my brother and me on her own. She got into some bad relationships and a couple of her boyfriends were abusive towards us.

At the same time, I was coming to the realization that I’m transgender.

It all felt like way too much to handle. I was so confused and I didn’t have anyone to talk about it with. That’s when I decided to call Kids Help Phone for the first time.

It was really comforting to talk to someone unbiased and supportive, and just have someone acknowledge everything I was dealing with. I ended up calling back many times. Mainly, I just needed someone to listen. And with your generous gift today, you can ensure young people can count on Kids Help Phone counsellors to always be there – just like they were there for me.

Today, I fundraise for Kids Help Phone by participating in the annual Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO. I truly love the event and the organization. I know from experience that they do great work for kids and that donor dollars make it possible.

I believe kids should have a voice; they should not be silent or silenced. I grew up feeling like no one understood me or what I was going through. Now, I am an advocate for speaking out.

We all have problems, secrets and lives behind closed doors. We all know what it is like to feel alone and misunderstood. But your support of Kids Help Phone warms my heart. Because you provide an unbiased, non-judgmental and confidential place for kids to talk.

Thank you for supporting such a vital service that really does change lives. It certainly changed mine.

— Cole, Past Kids Help Phone user and current supporter

“Thank you so much for always being there for me! You saved my life! I was going to kill myself, but then I decided to call Kids Help Phone. Calling a counsellor was the best choice that I’ve ever made. The lady on the phone was able to help me to come up with a safety plan that I could use to keep myself safe. It worked!!! You helped me to see that my life is worth living, even when it is hard and I’m struggling. Please NEVER stop helping kids like me!” Kids Help Phone service user

With your help, every young person in Canada will access the support they need in the way they need it most.


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