Kids Help Phone Launches Largest Youth Mental Health Movement, Feel Out Loud, to Address Crisis in Canada

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Feel Out Loud, a $300M fundraising effort, kicks off with transformational gifts from founding partners at Bell and BMO to expand access to e-mental health services

Star-studded anthem “What I Wouldn’t Do (North Star Calling)” by Artists for Feel Out Loud supporting Kids Help Phone amplifies mental health conversation and empowers young people to feel out loud

TORONTO, March 2, 2023 /CNW/ – Kids Help Phone today launches Feel Out Loud, a historic, national movement anchored by a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $300 million to reach young people in every corner of Canada by 2024 by expanding access to its e-mental health services.

As part of today’s announcement, Kids Help Phone’s founding partners Bell Canada and BMO Financial Group have each pledged a transformational investment of 15 $million to this movement. Their commitment willallow Kids Help Phone to scale e-mental health access to support in communities across Canada. Further, Mirko Bibic, President and CEO, BCE and Bell Canada and Darryl White, CEO of BMO Financial Group stand as Honourary Co-Chairs of the Feel Out Loud Campaign Cabinet.

Young people have connected with Kids Help Phone more than 14 million times since the COVID-19 pandemic began, as Canada’s only national free, confidential, 24/7, multilingual e-mental health service dedicated to youth.

The primary concerns of youth seeking mental health support are anxiety and stress, relationship issues, depression, suicidal thoughts, and feelings of isolation. These concerns have become increasingly complex over time, necessitating additional support. For instance, according to data from Kids Help Phone, individuals who experience racism are among the most distressed service users, second only to those who fear harm in their home.


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