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Our partnership with Kids Help Phone supports two community-based mental health programs, RiseUp and Finding Hope, to connect Black and Indigenous youth to real-time virtual counselling and crisis help. Each program provides 24/7 support for vulnerable youth, with the support of volunteer champions, counsellors and community advisors from Black and Indigenous communities.

Finding hope


A national action plan focused on creating capacity for Kids Help Phone to better connect with Indigenous youth.

Indigenous youth face some of the most difficult mental health challenges in Canada, and significant barriers to accessing services and connection. Finding Hope is led, co-created and governed by an Indigenous Advisory Council, connecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities with Indigenous volunteers and counsellors. Finding Hope’s goal is to connect Indigenous youth to virtual counselling and crisis response programs one million times by 2025.


Powered by Kids Help Phone in partnership with the BlackNorth initiative, RiseUp is Canada’s only 24/7, bilingual e-mental health support for Black youth.

RiseUp addresses the unique struggles and experiences of Black youth, compounded by anti-Black systemic racism. The program, in collaboration with community partners, focuses on supporting the Black community and Afro-diaspora. RiseUp facilitated 24,000 phone and text conversations with Black youth in 2021, with a goal to grow to 60,000 conversations by 2025.