A sense of responsibility or compassion for others often underpins an individual’s choice to give back. Both reasons come into play for many who choose to support Chimo’s mission of caring for people in communities across the province.
Our organization is strengthened and in a better position to deliver high quality services to our callers through the actions of our dedicated and passionate volunteers and through donors who understands the true value of the Helpline. We appreciate and depend on this support.
You can help build resilience in our communities, one person at a time, by making a donation to our helpline.
What are the Benefits of Helpline Service?
Cost Effective and Accessible Help and Care
Helplines using non-professionals to assist persons in distress offer a relatively inexpensive means of providing support and care. Trained interveners help individuals problem-solve with day-to-day issues, acute situations and help them remain safe while in crisis. Chimo Helpline is accessible 24/7, 365 days a year, in both official languages.
A study conducted on the Atlantic Provinces suggests that approximately 80-90% of people can be treated successfully for depression, but those with potentially treatable depression often do not get help. For some of those who choose not to get treated, or who feel isolated, helplines such as Chimo are a safe place to find trust and companionship.
A Safe Space that Allows for Independence
Crisis is a time when a person’s usual means of coping is disrupted. Part of the appeal of using a helpline is that individuals are able to maintain control of their immediate situation while seeking support. The caller decides what information to disclose and what actions to take. At Chimo we are very cognizant that we do not counsel or give advice but rather offer support, help the caller problem solve and refer them to appropriate resources in their community.
For many, the privacy in placing a call rather than in a face-to-face meeting helps prevent feelings of vulnerability when reaching out for help. Individuals can access services through helplines without feeling stigmatized.
How Will My Donation Be Used?
- Extensive training for staff and volunteers
- Keeps our lines open 24/7, 365 days a year
- Allows Chimo to reduce stigma and promote awareness of mental health and suicide prevention