Montréal, September 1st, 2016 ─ Starting today, Interligne will offer its support, listening and information services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thanks to increased funding from the City of Montréal for the years 2016 to 2018.
The organization, which offered services from 8 a.m. to midnight, has seen an increase in calls in the past two years. However, it estimates that over 3, 000 calls remain unanswered annually because they are made out of prime time or because the lines are busy.
A study involving Suicide Action Montréal and Tel-Aide confirms that there is an important need from midnight to 3 a.m. and starting at 5 a.m. ʺWe know that anxiety and crises often increase at night and upon waking. Loneliness, isolation and rejection are the most common reasons to call Interligne, and people do not always know where to turn during these times of distress,ʺ says Pascal Vaillancourt, Executive Director of Interligne.
The support provided by the City of Montréal allowed Interligne to hire two counseling specialists. It will also allow to cover the associated material expenditures and the implementation of a philanthropic component to achieve greater financial autonomy.
The Interligne services are available by phone, chat and email. They cater to all those concerned by sexual and gender diversity: LGBT people, relatives, colleagues, school and community staff, health and social services professionals, etc.
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Source : Interligne : 514 866-6788
Maryse Bézaire, Director of Communications
514 866-6788 extension 29 or 514 738-7322