811 Health Line

811 HealthLine restored, province says

The province’s 811 HealthLine number has been restored, the Department of Health says.

For individuals in need of mental health services normally accessed through 811 HealthLine, the following resources are also available:

·         911: For emergencies, including community-based crisis intervention services provided by trained mental health clinicians on Mobile Crisis Response Teams;

·         Talk Suicide Canada: Connect to a crisis responder to get help for yourself, or if you’re worried about someone else.  Call 1-833-456-4566 toll-free 24/7 every day of the year or text 45645;

·         Lifewise Warm Line: Provincial non-emergency, non-crisis telephone support and referral service provided by trained peer support workers. Available seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to midnight. Call 1-855-753-2560;

·         Kids Help Phone: Available to people of all ages 24/7, Call 1-800-668-6868 or text ‘CONNECT’ to 686868;

Visit www.kidshelphone.ca and click “Tap to Chat” from 7:00 p.m. to midnight daily, or send a message to Kids Help Phone via Facebook Messenger app.

Opposition parties take aim at cost of 811 health line

The opposition parties took aim at the government this week after learning the province is paying more per call to the 811 health line than per in-person visit to a doctor. NTV’s David Salter reports.

Health minister defends cost of contract to operate province’s 811 Health Line

Health Minister Tom Osborne is defending the cost of a contract to operate the province’s 811 Health Line.

That’s after the medical association released numbers showing a private company will be paid more than what a family doctor gets for an in-person visit. NTV’s Bailey Howard reports.

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