"Kids Help Phone is available to all young people in Canada, no matter the situation, question or concern, online, by phone and, in a limited pilot service, by live chat on computers and smartphones," added Wood. "Kids turn to us because they know we don't ask for their name, we don't trace calls or IP addresses. They can say whatever is on their mind, we won't judge and we'll always help them find a solution that works for them."
RBC Foundation's $1 million investment in Kids Help Phone is the largest gift ever by the Foundation in support of child and youth mental health in Canada. RBC Foundation's support represents an early, important contribution to the new funding necessary to build live chat counselling to a full national service, available free of charge to young people in distress anywhere in Canada.
About Kids Help Phone Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has been Canada's leading online and phone counselling service for youth. It's free, it's anonymous and confidential, and it's available any time of the day or night, 365 days a year in English and in French. Professional counsellors support the mental health and well-being of young people, ages five to 20, by providing one-on-one counselling, information and resources. As a community-based national charity, Kids Help Phone receives no core government funding and relies on community and corporate support to fund its essential and vital service.