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On July 16, 2022, a new 9-8-8 three-digit code for mental health crisis and suicide prevention services is being introduced in the United States. This new service is being introduced to ensure that people in the United States have better access to mental health crisis and suicide prevention services. This United States 9-8-8 service is not available in Canada.
While Canada is also working on implementing a new three-digit code for mental health crisis and suicide prevention services, this service has not yet been implemented. Canadian mental health crisis and suicide prevention services are available by calling the Talk Suicide’s toll-free number 1-833-456-4566 at any time, or by texting ‘45645’ from 4pm to midnight EST. )”. Please visit the Government of Canada’s Suicide Prevention website for further information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/suicide-prevention/warning-signs.html