New fund to complement 9-8-8 helpline to address equity gaps for distress and crisis centres

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September 2023

The Public Health Agency of Canada invites organizations to submit Letters of Intent for projects that address the objectives of the Distress Line Equity Fund. According to PHAC, crisis lines are a component of a public health approach that aims to reduce an individual’s crisis state, emotional distress, and risk of suicide, in order to be responsive to the needs and experiences of equity-deserving populations across Canada who are seeking out suicide or emotional crisis services, distress lines and organizations that provide crisis services require capacity and competency to provide support and be a trusted resource for underserved populations, regardless of their cultural, social or economic status.

Eligible initiatives and projects:

  • Staffing, training or other human resources initiatives to increase your organization’s ability to serve diverse populations.
  • Training in equity, inclusion, and cultural competency and safety. 
  • Enhancing your organization’s ability to provide services in other languages to serve diverse populations.
  • Data collection and analysis to understand trends and needs of populations served.
  • Evaluation and revision of policies or processes that may serve as barriers to specific populations

$8 million in funding is available through the Distress Line Equity Fund from the time of the launch to March 31, 2024. The maximum funding available per project is $250,000. Letters of Intent must be submitted by 5:00 pm EDT on September 22, 2023.

To learn more about the grant funding or to apply, click here.

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