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Help during COVID-19 pandemic is a telephone call away

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
March 20th, 2020

Nelson Police would like to remind the public that in this time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelming countries around the globe, here in Nelson, and in the province, confidential resources are available.

“Nelson Police Department and Nelson Police Department Victim Services would like to remind everyone in the West Kootenays of some of the helpful, and confidential, resources available locally and provincially,” the NPD media release said.  

“It’s understandable if these difficult and unprecedented times leave you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. 

“Or maybe you are isolated and fearful for your safety or the safety of your children or vulnerable persons in your care and wonder where you can access help. 

“Help is a phone call away in BC, trained crisis workers are available 24/7, if you need them.”

Within the city of Nelson the Nelson Police Department has officers working 24/7.  They are always available for non-emergencies at 250-354-3919 and for an emergency dial 911.   

Some of the well staffed Provincial on line and phone resources:

  • Crisis Line Association of BC – 1 800 suicide (1 800 784-2433) – 24/7 www.crisiscentre.bc.ca– 24/7 – crisis and suicide intervention
  • Mental Health and Information Support Line 310-6789
  • Kids Help phone – 1 800 668-6868 www.kidshelphone.caor text connect to 686868 – 24/7
  • Helpline for children – 310-1234 www.youthinbc.com– 24/7
  • VictimlinkBC – 1 800 563-0808 – 24/7 information, referrals. Immediate crisis support. 
  • HealthLinkBC – 811 or healthlinkbc.ca
  • BC211- 211 orwww.bc211.ca Information and referral regarding community, government and social services in B.C.

Some of the well-staffed local resources:

  • Interior Crisis Line Network – 1 888 353-2273 – 24/7
  • Nelson Transition House – 250 354-4357 24/7 – specifically for women leaving or struggling in, an abusive relationship.
  • Nelson Police Dept Victim Services – 250 505-5657 — Providing support for victims and witnesses of crime or trauma, working in partnership with Nelson Specialized Victim Services.  Leave a voice mail message and your call will be returned.

“We will get through this, together.,” the NPD release said.

“Be kind to one another and remember the less fortunate.  And if you, or someone you know,is struggling, make the call – support is there and it is available for you.”

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