A support helpline run by Indigenous women for Indigenous women has expanded across the province.
Talk4Healing has served more than 20,000 women in northern Ontario since 2012, and will now service all areas of the province.
It's all about providing supportive counselling, handling crisis calls, offering suicide intervention, and making referrals to applicable programs.
Stephen Jackson CEO Anishnabeg Outreach, based in Kitchener and Guelph, says there are up to 35,000 Indigenous people in our community.
"Having [the service] here and available here, instead of just northern communities is just unbelievable."
Jackson says he has reached out to Talk4Healing to work on getting the helpline number up on their website.
He says it is especially encouraging that the 24-hour phone, text and chat line is expanding its service to fourteen different languages.
"Whatever your challenge is, there is now a warm voice, and a friendly voice that really speaks your language, or will speak to you in a really culturally specific way of dealing with it."
The number to call or text is 1-855-554-HEAL.
The languages covered include:
- Black Foot
- Moose Cree
- Swampy Cree
For more information on the services and support provided by Anishnabeg Outreach, you can visit their website.