Kids Help Phone Launches Free Map-Based App Tool With 11,000 Resources

By Karen Bliss 2/24/14 |

Canada’s youth support charity Kids Help Phone has just launched its newest free tool, which offers young people a discreet way to find help for depression, bullying, abuse, and other issues. Resources Around Me is a map-based guide that shows them where they can go in their community.  

To start, it includes 11,000 resources in nine categories — counselling & mental health; distress services; 
drugs, alcohol & gambling; 
family violence shelters; 
housing help; legal help; 
lesbian, gay, bi, trans, & questioning services; 
sexual health; and 
youth shelters & homelessness. The listings will be updated throughout the year, as funding allows.

"We are continuously looking for ways to adapt our services to stay relevant to youth,” Kids Help Phone president and CEO Sharon Wood said in a press statement. “We know Kids Help Phone is a trusted resource for young people across Canada, and Resources Around Me now gives them one more

way to get the help and hope they need."

Since 1989 Kids Help Phone has offered children, teens and young adults (ages five to 20) in Canada free professional counselling and support through its anonymous and confidential service online and by phone.

Resources Around Me was funded by The Jack Project, the Ontario Ministry of Education, Staples Canada, an anonymous donor and lead donor Bell Canada. The new addition to Kids Help Phone’s free mobile app, Always There, is also available as a standalone web-based tool at 

A community-based national charity, the bilingual Kids Help Phone “receives no guaranteed ongoing financial support from government or any large funder and relies on community and corporate support to keep our essential service available,” it states in the release.

Kids Help Phone has developed and maintains the largest community resource database for young people in Canada holding over 46,000 programs serving more than 17,500 communities. When someone calls in to the 1-800-668-6868 number or accesses help online, the counsellor use this database to refer them to local support.

"Resources Around Me will enable Kids Help Phone to improve the lives of countless youth across Canada," The Jack Project’s founder and executive director Eric Windeler said in a statement. "We are delighted this valuable tool is now available to young people empowering them with knowledge and essential resources located in their very own communities."

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