The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre) is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis.

The Crisis Centre has been providing emotional support to youth, adults and seniors in distress since 1969.  As a safe place to turn when there seems to be no hope, the Crisis Centre is operated by 425+ frontline volunteers and a small team of professional staff who support and empower individuals to see their own strengths and options, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We work at the community level to provide education and training aimed at fostering resiliency and building capacity to respond to crisis and suicide.

In 2016, the Crisis Centre impacted more than 102,000 lives across BC through its three core services:

24/7 Distress Phone Services

Operating four regional crisis lines, two 1-800-SUICIDE lines and two Mental Health Support Lines which are connected to a network of crisis lines across BC as well as a dedicated Seniors’ Distress Line.  The provincial 1-800-SUICIDE lines and Mental Health Support Lines are available in over 140 languages using a language service.

Online Distress Services (,

Provide youth and adults with an opportunity to talk openly yet confidentially when in distress, or crisis, seek emotional support, and locate referral services in their community.

Community Learning and Engagement

Education and training that fosters resiliency and builds the capacity to respond to crisis and suicide in our communities.  Includes programming for community members and service providers (training), youth and older adults.  Service providers and community members from all over BC attend our training programs.

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