General News · 15th October 2009
Crisis Line Cuts Hurt North Island Communities.
Campbell River - Cuts to the crisis lines in Port Hardy and Campbell River are just another callous attack on some of the most vulnerable, according to North Island MLA Claire Trevena.
“These services are run largely by volunteers who are in touch with the local community. They do not just provide a listening ear, they provide a real service for our rural and remote communities,” said Trevena.
“They cannot be replaced by phone banks, located centrally. It is important for people to know the context in times of crisis: if there’s been a suicide on a reserve, if there are particular economic problems in a community, these all play out.”
The Crisis Line in Port Hardy helps people up the coast to Hartley Bay, has one staff member and 15 volunteers. The Campbell River line which covers the north central island, has two paid part time workers and 20 volunteers.
“What is particularly brutal about these cuts, which come under the mental health and addictions division, is that they were done with absolutely no consultation,” said Trevena.
“The message the service providers are getting is that it is a done deal. But if VIHA and the BC Liberal government truly cared about mental health issues, and had any realization of life in rural communities they would not have allowed this short sighted cut to go ahead.”
Contact: Kathy Smail 250-287-5100
Constituency Assistant to Claire Trevena, MLA