More than 40 communities stepped forward for one cause - kids - and
joined Canada's largest walk to support child and youth mental health
TORONTO, May 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Every young person in Canada will
experience feelings of sadness, worry, and uncertainty. It's an
inevitable part of growing up. Some will find the challenge hard.
Others will find it difficult. And for a few, it'll be impossible to
bear. Sharing the belief that no child should ever feel unloved, unheard or
hopeless, on Sunday May 6, thousands of Canadians raised more than $2 million for
the Walk so Kids Can Talk, ensuring kids, teens, and young adults can continue to turn to Kids
Help Phone's professional counsellors 24/7 for free, anonymous,
confidential support, information, resources and referrals.
"Every day, we connect with young people who feel stuck or let down,"
says Duane, a Kids Help Phone professional counsellor. "They worry
about their grades, friendships, and bullying. Others reach out because
of abuse, addictions, or with suicidal thoughts. Whatever the challenge
they are facing, they come to Kids Help Phone because they are looking
for ideas, options, or suggestions; to know that they are not alone; or
because they aren't ready to talk to a parent or a teacher about a
problem. It takes a lot of strength to seek help, no matter what the
problem is, and I make sure to let our clients know that. Thanks to
everyone who took part in this year's Walk, I'll be able to keep
spreading that message to young people across Canada."
As a charity, Kids Help Phone relies on fundraising events like the Walk
to deliver a critical and essential service to young people throughout
Canada, when and how they need support most. All funds raised by the
Walk go directly to support Kids Help Phone's essential service. This
year's Walk was particularly crucial for the professional counselling
service, which has been experiencing increased demand. "We asked
communities across the country to step forward and be there for kids,"
says Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone, "so that our
service can continue being there for kids. The response was extremely
inspiring. The spirit and generosity Canadians demonstrated at this
year's Walk so Kids Can Talk will provide help and hope to the
thousands of young people that contact Kids Help Phone every day."
Pledges and contributions are still being tallied. Because every minute
of every day is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the
kids of Canada, the Walk so Kids Can Talk fundraising campaign
continues until May 31st. Donors can visit walksokidscantalk.ca to make a pledge today.
About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada's leading online and phone counselling service
for youth. It's free, it's anonymous and confidential, and it's
available any time of the day or night, 365 days a year in English and
in French. Professional counsellors support the mental health and
well-being of young people, ages five to 20, by providing one-on-one
counselling, information and resources. As a community-based national
charity, Kids Help Phone receives no core government funding and relies
on community and corporate support to fund its essential and vital
SOURCE: Kids Help Phone
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