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Ottawa, May 20 (Canadian-Media): Emotional support is being offered by thousands of volunteers to Canadians under the grip of an unprecedented level of stress due to COVID-19 pandemic, media report said.
Kids Help Phone, a national helpline for children and young adults, in operation for more than 30 years, has recently been deluged with calls and texts from grown-ups feeling overwhelmed, said Alisa Simon, senior vice-president of innovation at Kids Help Phone.
Kids Help Phone. Image credit: Twitter handle
Although there are helplines and distress services for adults in Canada, there's no single national line, so services tend to be "fragmented," Simon said.
Kids Help Phone was also dealing with a huge jump in COVID-19-related calls from children and young people.
In response, the organization launched a texting service specifically for adults and put out a call for volunteers.
After screening and training, those volunteers could provide desperately needed support from their homes in this time of physical distancing.
Simon said more than 8,000 applications have been received so far to fill those roles to serve both children and adults.