Fact Check: PCs only party to support 3-digit mental health crisis line

The PC Party is the only Party that supports introducing a three-digit mental health crisis line. This solution recognizes that when someone is in a crisis, it can be hard to remember a ten-digit number. This policy will save lives.


On March 24, 2021, the PCs introduced An Act to Establish a Crisis Hotline for Mental Health Emergencies to make 9-8-8 a reality during the Spring Legislature sitting
https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/bills-statutes/bills/assembly-63-session-3/bill-60 

Iain Rankin’s Liberals mocked the need for the existing mental health crisis to be simplified to a three-digit number:

“We heard about how there is no three-digit number. The member for Halifax Needham rightfully said that 211 and 911 will transfer you, and they will help you deal with those issues, and 429-8167 is the number for the mental health line. If you are not in Halifax, it is 1-888-429-8167. I am very surprised that all members of the Legislature do not know that number. It is a very simple number, 429-8167”. - Brendan Maguire, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Liberal candidate for Halifax Atlantic
https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/hansard-debates/assembly-63-session-3/house_21apr07#HPage952

Gary Burrill’s New Democrats also diminished the idea of a three-digit crisis line, despite not being able to remember the existing number.

“The PC caucus seems to be putting forward a crisis line as the alternative which is, in fact, a service that already exists. We have a 24-hour line that folks can call. It is a confusing number - I do not know what the number is, but it is there.” - Susan Leblanc, NDP candidate for Dartmouth North
https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/hansard-debates/assembly-63-session-3/house_21mar31#HPage726

On December 11, 2020, the idea of a 9-8-8 mental health crisis line was unanimously approved in concept by all parties in Canada’s House of Commons.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/suicide-prevention-hotline-house-1.5837925 

In July of 2020, the United States’ Federal Communications Commission approved changing their 10-digit mental health crisis line to 9-8-8. The transition is expected to begin in 2022.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/16/politics/fcc-national-suicide-hotline/index.html