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Supporting Black youth: RiseUp powered by Kids Help Phone

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Photography credit: Slone McGowan

With a transformational investment from The Slaight Family Foundation and in partnership with the BlackNorth Initiative, Kids Help Phone is proud to launch RiseUp™, Canada’s first national, 24/7, bilingual e-mental health support service for Black youth. We’re working together to help ensure Black youth won’t be left behind.

We are fighting a fight we did not start. All the time.— Black youth contacting Kids Help Phone

The prevalence of anti-Black racism in Canada is staggering. Decades of injustice compounded by recent tragic events are taking a toll on the mental health of young people. Moreover, Black neighbourhoods in Canada are among those hit hardest by COVID-19.

Kids Help Phone hears directly from young people about the impacts of anti-Black racism each and every day.

In collaboration with Black community partners and Black youth, Kids Help Phone will build RiseUp to help effect change for Black young people by challenging stigma and increasing access to confidential wellness support that’s responsible and sensitive to their needs.

Thank you to our Founding Partner, The Slaight Family Foundation — who’s joined by Tangerine Bank and Hydro One — for your leadership and partnership to shift the landscape of mental health in Canada. You can read more about The Slaight Family Foundation’s monumental gift in The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

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Self-portrait by Daeja Sutherland

When Black youth need life-saving mental health support, they’re met with limited options and inadequate care. You can help fuel needed wellness programs and supports for Black youth from coast to coast to coast. To donate to the cause and explore more ways to get involved, you can connect with Shobi Sivaraj, Kids Help Phone’s Senior Development Officer, at 1 (800) 268-3062 ext. 8345.

If you’re looking for mental health support, you can check out Kids Help Phone’s e-mental health services.

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