The Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is Canada’s largest fundraising walk in support of young people’s mental health and well-being. It benefits 6.5 million kids, teens, and young adults in Canada, ensuring they have access to a trusted source of immediate, non-judgemental, anonymous, and professional counselling support and clinically vetted information. Through this support for their mental and emotional well-being, the Walk helps young people help themselves and contributes to stronger, healthier communities for everyone.
Every day, Kids Help Phone’s professional counsellors hear from young people who are experiencing the cruelty of bullying, the loneliness of depression, the paralyzing fear of anxiety, or who are feeling the pressures to succeed, compete, or conform. No matter the question or the concern, when young people are stuck and feel they have nowhere to turn, Kids Help Phone is the lifeline they reach for.
By offering kids the support of a professional counsellor whenever and however they need it, Kids Help Phone plays an important role in the promotion of positive mental health. It gives young people a space to express themselves without fear of judgement, and helps them develop the confidence to make healthy decisions based on personal needs, values and beliefs.
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for its expertise in providing vital, innovative and professional counselling services to children and youth. We are available 24/7/365, ensuring the 6.5 million young people in Canada have continued access to free, professional counselling, information and resources, when and how they need it most.
Learning the skills to effectively respond to the stresses and challenges of everyday life is important to mental health and well-being. By promoting the understanding that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but a sign of hopefulness and resourcefulness, Kids Help Phone helps to reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking in young people.