OSSTF/FEESO is continuing its support for Kids Help Phone the designated charity for 2020–2021. Kids Help Phone continues to fill an important role in advocating for and giving assistance to our students and their families.
For over thirty years, Kids Help Phone has greatly expanded its outreach as a bilingual national organization serving children and teens in need of counselling, advice and intervention. Kids Help Phone now provides direct phone and online support to over 2.2 million requests for help each year, including young people living in rural and remote communities across Canada where supports are not readily available. The Kids Help Phone website also provides access to resources on a wide variety of issues including sexuality, harassment and bullying, drugs and alcohol, dating, and family relationships. Youth awareness materials are provided free of charge to schools to build awareness of Kids Help Phone services and how to access them.
Kids Help Phone is also one of four organizations working together in partnership to provide Good2Talk, a free, confidential, and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being to post-secondary students aged 17–25 in Ontario, 24/7/365.
As a designated charity of OSSTF/FEESO, Kids Help Phone will receive a donation of $10,000 to help sustain their work. Supporting Kids Help Phone is more important than ever as demand for their services have increased during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
If you wish to make a donation, you can do so online on the Kids Help Phone website.