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Crisis Texting Service for Kids of CAF Families

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) has partnered with Kids Help Phone and True Patriot Love Foundation to launch a crisis texting service for kids from military families living in Canada.

How does it work?
Children, youth and young adults from military families can access free mental health and well-being support by texting the keyword CAFKIDS at 686868 for service in English.

The Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is confidential and available day or night.

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What concerns could my child have and why would they want to use this service?
Kids from military families might need help with feelings associated with:
  • Relocating;
  • Leaving good friends behind;
  • Changing schools;
  • Moving to a new home; and
  • Separation when their parents are deployed.
Like other kids everywhere, they might also want help with:
  • Relationships; 
  • Anxiety/stress; 
  • Feeling depressed; 
  • Self-harm / Suicide; 
  • Isolation; and 
  • Grief.
Kids Help Phone have the expertise and the infrastructure in place to support this service. In 2018, they provided support to young people 1.6 million times. True Patriot Love Foundation raises awareness around the challenges related to military service and funds this program as well many others. Lockheed Martin Canada recognizes the huge contribution made by military families and want to make sure that CAF kids and youth are supported throughout.

Can CAF kids OUTCAN use Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone?
At this time, the texting service is only available for kids in Canada. Kids from military families who live outside of Canada, can contact the Family Information Line at 00-800-771-17722 to help find regional support for youth.