Holiday help here if you need it

Crisis line coordinator extols the virtues of trained volunteers and staff during the holiday season

Dear editor,

The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year, but for some, the holidays are a struggle. Some people are living with the memories of loved ones who have passed, depression, unemployment or poverty. These and many other reasons can make this time of the year especially difficult.

For anyone going through difficult times, North Vancouver Island (Mt. Waddington Region) has a local 24/7 crisis line to call. We have caring, compassionate, and highly trained volunteers and staff who answer the North Island Crisis Line. No matter what the reason — information, referral for services, or if you are feeling down. If you or someone you know is having a hard time this holiday season, please call. The service is available any time, 24/7. There are two local access numbers for our crisis line: Port Hardy area call 250-949-6033 and Alert  Bay/Kingcome/Guilford area call 250-974-5326.

The North Island Crisis Line was started more than 20 years ago with a staff of two and has now grown to many local volunteers who are supported by the staff at North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre Society.

For information about our 24/7 Crisis Line (250-949-6033) or any of the services provided by North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre please call 250-949-8333 or visit our website www.nicccs.org.

Cathie Wilson

North Vancouver Island Crisis Line Coordinator