Wow, Prince Edward Island is a beautiful spot to vacation and the people are among the most friendly in all of Canada; however, they may want to rethink their decision on their suicide hotline.
Starting in June, they will shut its 24-hour suicide hotline and replace it with one that operates only during business hours. That’s right, a 9 to 5 Suicide hot line.
“How many times, when you get upset or worried or concerned about things, is it in the middle of the day? It’s usually at 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning when you wake up,” said Joan Wright, executive director of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention based in Edmonton, Alberta.
The hotline received about 1,400 calls a year and about 50 were from people contemplating suicide, health groups said.
I guess the people of PEI are going to have to plan their suicide crisis accordingly. If this were not such a serious subject it would be amusing. Actually it is a bit amusing in a Scrapple kind-a-way. What will be the next cost saving idea, no police patrol between the hours of 1am to 7am or no fireman calls on the weekends?
Take a look at this reason why the 24 hr suicide hotline was scaled back.
“One of the things I was hearing is the government felt there weren’t enough suicide-related calls,” Wright said.
Of course the question does come to mind, why doesn’t the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention man the phones and provide this service?