The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC is a volunteer supported organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis.
About Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia (BC)
Since 1969, the Crisis Centre has been a non-profit dedicated to providing help and hope to individuals, organizations and communities. As an award-winning organization, the Crisis Centre has been a pioneer in the industry by offering a comprehensive range of leading-edge programs that are evidence-based and utilize best practices. Spanning the spectrum of crisis support, suicide prevention and postvention, staff and volunteers are engaged in a variety of services and programs that educate, train and support the strength and capacity of individuals and communities. Immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgmental, confidential support and follow-up is provided to youth, adults and seniors through our 24/7 phone lines and online services.
We also offer education and training programs that promote mental wellness and equip schools, organizations and communities to assist people at risk of suicide. Our programs work to ensure timely access to support, destigmatize suicide and mental health concerns, increase awareness and skills for mental wellness and engage a community of nearly 400 passionate volunteers. Ultimately, we seek to be and foster compassionate, connected suicide-safer communities.
In 2017, the Crisis Centre impacted more than 100,000 lives across BC through its 24/7 Distress Phone Line, Web-based chats (www.youthinbc.com and www.crisiscentrechat.com), and Community Education Workshops.
We are 'here to listen, and here to help.'
What People Are Saying
"Depression is a massively devastating disease that robs us of our humanity, compassion and intimacy. Thank you for being there for me. I will never forget how you helped me. "
— Anonymous Caller
"I attended the suicide support group this spring. I came with a broken heart, but found out that I was not not alone in the world. I admire your courage. What you are doing is amazing and so important for the community."
— Bereavement Support Participant who lost child to suicide.
"Volunteering as a crisis service responder has an continues to be deeply rewarding for me. Connection is something I strong value, so being able to speak with people in the community in such a supportive, empathetic and genuine way is invaluable and irreplaceable."
— Sara, Distress Services Volunteer
"I just wanted to come online because I was on here a few days ago saying I wanted to kill myself....I felt better after talking....I was planning to end my life on my birthday which has passed and I had a good birthday. "
— Anonymous Chatter, YouthinBC
"Without the distress line being available, I wouldn’t be here right now, donating one year later. Thank you! "
— Anonymous Donor
"I liked hearing that people who are depressed really want help, and that we really can help them."
— Grade 9 Secondary School Workshop Participant
"For the short time, this was an excellent workshop to cover the topic and prepare a person like me who works with seniors to be more aware of older adult suicide and how I can best respond."
— Older Adult Service Provider