Kid’s Help Phone Targets Aboriginal Kids

Kid’s Help Phone is free, anonymous, and confidential to phone. 1-800-668-6868.

By: ALEX SOLODUCHA

Cindy Kobayashi will never forget the Aboriginal boy from Northern Canada who called the Kid’s Help Phone because he was contemplating suicide.

A close friend of his had recently committed suicide and he blamed himself because a female friend was sexually assaulted and he wasn’t there to help her.

The counsellor he was talking to asked him whether he could see the Northern Lights.

Kid’s Help Phone is free, anonymous, and confidential to phone. 1-800-668-6868.

Kid’s Help Phone is free, anonymous, and confidential to phone. 1-800-668-6868.

He was at a payphone and told her that he could, and that they represented the spirits of people he had lost in his life.

The counsellor asked him if she could get him help in his area but they lost their phone connection.

The boy called the same counsellor the next day to thank her and say that he had gone to get help.

“It was one that, of course, makes me tear up,” said Kobayashi, the regional director for Kids’ Help Phone in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nunavut. 

“It was one that, of course, makes me tear up,” said Kobayashi, the regional director for Kids’ Help Phone in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nunavut.

The organization wants to better support Aboriginal youth through ad campaigns, such as one developed by Aboriginal youth and elders in five First Nations communities in Ontario.

They have also expanded their website to include a First Nations, Métis, and Inuit section.

A graph that compares the background of callers to the breakdown of ethnicity in Canada. SOURCE: Statistics Canada & Kid's Help Phone.

A graph that compares the background of callers to the breakdown of ethnicity in Canada. SOURCE: Statistics Canada & Kid’s Help Phone.

Carrie Bourassa, Professor at the First Nations University of Canada, who gave the keynote address at the organization’s Being There for Kids Breakfast, commended them.

“They’re trying to be diverse and reach youth in different ways,” she said.

Any kid can contact the free, anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counselling service 24/7.

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