Statement from PC Leader Tim Houston on 9-8-8 Mental Health Crisis Line

Earlier this year, the PC caucus presented our vision for Universal Mental Health Care in Nova Scotia. An important part of that vision is the establishment of an 9-8-8 crisis line for those in need of immediate mental health services. 


It’s a recognition that no one can remember a 10-digit number during a mental health crisis. Today, I’m pleased to see this issue recognized at the federal level with all-party support for the idea. 


Any plan for mental health must acknowledge the challenges that youth face. We must build a better, more progressive and comprehensive mental health support system. That’s why the advocacy of youth like Madi Muggridge on this issue has been essential.


Government must always listen to those with lived experience, and build a system that addresses the needs of those who have for years struggled to receive reliable access. 


You can read our full plan for Universal Mental Health Care here: