Giving Tuesday 2022
A better tomorrow starts with hope today
The Crisis Centre of BC’s services create space for hope to flourish for individuals in crisis and our communities.
Hope takes us through to the other side of crisis. Hope prevents suicide.
As we come to what is for some the holiday season, we are mindful of those for whom this time of year is especially tough and those who may not feel they have hope.
This Giving Tuesday, you can help us provide care and hope to anyone who needs us, wherever they may find themselves.
We know that hope is the basis for effective and compassionate help. For those who are struggling, we provide non-judgmental crisis intervention support and evidence-based and trauma-informed programs. Towards a more hopeful tomorrow, we advocate for a mental health crisis support system that makes access to crisis and suicide care easy, supportive, and caring.
We have made great strides towards a hopeful future for all. In the past year, we:
- Provided youth with skills to take care of themselves and their peers; this year we reached 6,494 youth through our self-care and wellness programs, 2,676 more youth than the year before
- Supported 75 participants in our suicide bereavement and suicide loss support programs; these programs give hope to those who have lost someone to suicide for reduced isolation, more coping skills, and long-term support networks
- Provided access to 1,273 individuals who attended free webinars – 370 more than the year before; wellness programming, which teaches tools for managing stress, burnout, and well-being, has been adapted to meet the community’s needs with more relevant content and stand-alone sessions
- Trained 4,794 adults to know how to support the emotional well-being of others and respond to signs of distress and suicidal thoughts – a 17% increase in the number of people trained compared to the previous year
- Made 8,307 outgoing calls for scheduled follow-ups, third party or staff requested outreach, or staff follow-up with service providers – an increase of 230 calls from the year prior; our crisis line responders know that being there for someone isn’t a one-time thing, it’s an ongoing commitment to ensuring care for the person until they make it through the crisis
- Trained 946 service providers and community members in suicide response; by adding online learning options, we were able to train an additional 195 people as compared to the year prior.
- Advocated, as part of the BC Crisis Line Network, with local and provincial government leaders for the creation of a mental health crisis response system for folks experiencing crisis, which would include accessible 24/7 crisis phone/chat/text services, mobile crisis response teams, and community-based crisis respite facilities outside of the hospital and justice system
The Centre’s Giving Tuesday campaign is a 1-day online event on November 29th to raise funds for the critical work being done by frontline volunteers and staff.
Giving Tuesday is when Canadians, charities, and businesses come together to celebrate giving and participate in activities that support charities and non-profits, to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need.
Give the gift of hope this Giving Tuesday