Prince Edward Island
Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has provided life-changing help and hope to young people in Canada. In 1992, we opened our first of two offices in Atlantic Canada 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.
For more information about how to get involved or to make a donation, please contact your regional staff member, Allison Cameron.
Atlantic Canada Office locations:
Kids Help Phone, Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 26062
St. John’s, NL A1E 0A5
Kids Help Phone, Nova Scotia
301-1600 Bedford Hwy
Bedford, NS B4A 1E8
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 Prince Edward Island:
- the most frequently discussed issues from youth in PEI were: Suicide/Suicide-Related topics, Mental /Emotional Health and Anxiety
- PEI youth displayed a preference for Chat counselling, using chat channels in 60% of counselling sessions
- PEI youth had among the highest rates of male-gender usage of any province in Canada, at 31% of all sessions
- 15% of all counselling sessions with youth from PEI included a Crisis Intervention
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is now available in Prince Edward Island 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.
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.
Gold Cup and Saucer Parade
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown invited Kids Help Phone to join their float, in the annual Gold Cup and Saucer Parade in Charlottetown, PEI in 2017, and again in 2018. The Gold Cup Parade is the largest annual event in Atlantic Canada and the largest Parade east of Montreal. Every year the Parade attracts over 100 floats from businesses, communities and organizations from across the Maritimes. As the parade has grown, so have the spectators, to where it is now estimated that close to sixty thousand spectators line the streets of Charlottetown to participate in the “Great Island Tradition” plus the viewers of Eastlink TV across PEI and Nova Scotia.
Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown has been an outstanding community supporter, not only sponsoring the Charlottetown “Walk so Kids Can Talk, presented by BMO event” in 2017 and 2018, but also helps to raise awareness about Kids Help Phone throughout the community of Charlottetown.
Declan Kinch was a stand out at the 2018 PEI West “Walk so Kids Can Talk, presented by BMO” event, being the top fundraiser at only 12 years old. When asked how Kids Help Phone has impacted Declan and/or people in his life, he responded with “Last year it saved my friend’s life and made me aware of how people have those types of thoughts and why we need services like Kids Help Phone.” Declan is looking forward to our 2019 Walk and plans to start his fundraising 3 months earlier!