Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has provided life-changing help and hope to young people in Canada. In 1992, we opened our regional office in Nova Scotia to raise awareness among youth and engage the community to donate, fundraise and partner in our mission. Kids Help Phone is always open in any moment of crisis or need. We are a charity delivering anonymous and confidential counselling, information and referrals to young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and French. Often, we are the only source of support available after hours and around the clock in rural and remote communities across the province.
Help us be an ally to young people in need! How you can help:
- As a charity, Kids Help Phone relies on donations to ensure we can remain always open — donate today!
- Sponsor an event. Please contact us for more information on these opportunities.
- Fundraise for Kids Help Phone — host an event, get your employer involved, take action.
- Volunteer with us — we rely on the gift of time from our volunteers to support our community-based awareness and fundraising programs.
- Create a Kids Help Phone School Club.
For more information about how to get involved or to make a donation, please contact your regional rep Shelley Richardson:
Kids Help Phone, Nova Scotia
301-1600 Bedford Hwy
Bedford, NS B4A 1E8
Kids Help Phone, Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 26062
St. John’s, NL A1E 0A5
Our counsellors are the most available, accessible direct support, without intermediaries, that a young person can find. By phone or online, we are also a seamless resource — offering a bridge for young people to community supports and services where available. We are able to link them directly to local supports through Canada’s most comprehensive resource database of youth-facing programs.
Youth from Atlantic Canada are primary users of online channels for counselling — 57% of all Atlantic youth counselling sessions are via Live Chat.
In 2017, In Nova Scotia:
- the most frequently discussed issues among NS youth, with our counsellors, were suicide and suicide related topics, followed by mental and emotions health, anxiety and depression.
- youth displayed a preference for Live Chat counselling 61% over the use of the phone
- youth had the highest rate of Suicide/suicide related counselling sessions, 35% higher than the national average
- youth received Crisis Interventions in 17% of all counselling sessions in 2017. This rate is higher than the national average and only second behind New Brunswick at 18%
- youth had among the highest rates of Trans/Genderqueer service usage of any province at 6% of all counselling sessions.
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is now available in Nova Soctia 24/7!
2018 has been a pivotal year for Kids Help Phone, partly because of the launch of our texting service trial in Manitoba. Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is now available across Canada. Young people can text with a volunteer Crisis Responder for support with any issue — big or small. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7/365.
The national rollout of our texting service means more young people in Canada will have access to support in the way they need it most. Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone expands the range of services we provide to youth who are looking for support.
Whether the preference is for support over the phone, through Live Chat or via text, young people across Canada now have more support options available to them at any time of day, in English and French.
Learn more about Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone.
If you’d like to help spread the word about our service, check out these resources.
Ruth Goldbloom Ladies Golf Classic
Join us on September 20th for the 9th Ruth Goldbloom Ladies Golf Classic presented by BMO. Along with 18 holes of exceptional golf at Glen Arbour, the day includes a one-of-a-kind caddie auction, on-course samplings and unique silent auction items that can’t be missed. Players are guaranteed to experience a day of laughter and fun throughout the course, all while supporting a worthwhile cause.
For more details about this event, visit the event page, or call 1-888-470-8880 ext 4.
The Boolathon is Kids Help Phone’s annual Halloween-themed bowling fundraiser taking place in select communities across the country at the end of October, including Halifax. Friends, family, co-workers and others join together to raise funds for an important cause – young people’s emotional health and well-being – and to enjoy a spooktacularly great time.
Walk so Kids Can Talk
What an incredible day it was at the Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO. Thank you for joining our national day of community action and for celebrating Mental Health Week with us!
To see local event photos visit our Walk event page.
Hal-Con has been a long-time supporter of Kids Help Phone, hosting their annual fundraising Charity Auction, which takes place during the sci-fi and gaming convention weekend. Proceeds from the auction are donated to Kids Help Phone. Hal-Con also supports our Halifax “Walk so Kids Can Talk, presented by BMO”, by sending costumed volunteers to the event!
Throughout the 2017-2018 academic school year, students at Armbrae Academy, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, fundraised over $1,100 for Kids Help Phone. The school chose Kids Help Phone as the recipient of their fundraising efforts because they felt it was important to increase mental health awareness, reduce stigma, and help their fellow students feel comfortable seeking help.
Nova Scotians will always make time for hockey – especially when they can combine their love for the game, with the chance to support a good cause. On June 16 and 17, the first annual Hubtown Hockey tournament was held in Truro, Nova Scotia. The event was organized by two community members, Laurie Burcham and Krista McNeil O’Dwyer. As hockey moms, both Laurie and Krista understand the pressures that can come with sports, which is why they wanted local youth to know about and have access to Kids Help Phone for any issue or concern. Their trust in our cause was unfolded into the greater community, and the response was tremendous. Companies donated hockey equipment, held in-store campaigns, and volunteered their time toward the event, ensuring that more funds would be donated toward Kids Help Phone.
At the tournament end, Kids Help Phone was presented with a check for $8,500 and a round of applause from the community in appreciation of the work that we do, which wouldn’t be possible with the support of community events such as this one.
True to their small town ways, the community is already abuzz with plans for next year’s tournament, and how they can continue to support local youth mental health. The Atlantic Kids Help Phone team will continue to remind them of the impact they have already made.
Halifax Pride Parade
On July 21st, Kids Help Phone walked in the 2018 Halifax Pride Parade, alongside our long-time supporter, BMO. Our energetic and passionate Atlantic staff and volunteers walked the parade route, handed out various swag along the way, and helped to create excitement before and throughout the parade. The parade hosted over 140 floats and attracted more than 100,000 people to streets of Halifax.
Even Santa Claus likes to volunteer for Kids Help Phone! Santa not only participated in our Atlantic Christmas Decorating challenge, he also helped to sign Christmas cards to send to our local Atlantic supporters.