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Dec 11, 2023

Suicide crisis hotline in Canada

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Dial 988 helpline to prevent suicide attempts in Canada.

As per the government statistics, every day across the country about 12 Canadians are dying by suicide.

Taking account of the mental health problems in its citizens beginning November 30 Canada began a toll-free texting and hotline service (988) throughout the country to provide immediate assistance and support round the clock to Canadians nationwide.

Operated by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), over trained 1,000 people are working for the mission of the hotline to prevent suicide by necessary assistance they need.

Meanwhile, for the third-straight year, life expectancy in Canada has decreased. The life expectancy of Canadians fell to 81.3 years in 2022 from 81.6 years in 2021, according to the report that added the decline was more prominent among females than men.

In the US if there is need of emergency help 911 is the hotline service. In Korea it is 112 for police assistance or emergency medical help at 119. In Japan, it is 119 for emergency services. In the United Kingdom it is 999. Triple Zero (000) is Australia’s main emergency service number.

In Nepal, the hot line for fire is 101, dial 102 for ambulance service and 103 for traffic control.

A hotline is a special phone line that people can use in order to get information or to talk about something that links to needed destinations for the emergency services on picking up the receiver without any additional action and cost by the user when they experience unusual action.  

However, the “hotline” was designed to facilitate communication between the president and the Soviet premier. The establishment of the hotline to the Kremlin came in the wake of the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the United States of America and then Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) had come dangerously close to all-out nuclear war.

According to google information, the “hotline” was established after the signing of a “Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Establishment of a Direct Communications Line” on June 20, 1963, in Geneva, Switzerland by representatives of the then Soviet Union and the United States.