Confidential Peer Support Hotline:
Confidential Peer Support Online Chat:
- Care to Speak is available to any healthcare worker in BC.
- Our hotline and chat are available Monday to Friday, 5pm to 9pm, and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
- Calls and chats are free and confidential.
- No topic is off-limits. We’re here to listen and support you with whatever you need.
- Connect with us as many times as you want. There’s no limit.
- You’ll talk or chat with a Peer Supporter—someone who has experience working in the healthcare sector. All our Peer Supporters are interviewed and trained by the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide meaningful support and resources.
- Our Peer Supporters understand the stress and challenges that come from being a healthcare worker and can offer a deep level of empathy.
- Connect with an experienced Peer Supporter today!
- Click here to meet some of your Peer Supporters.
- All interactions are confidential and unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or someone else. We also have a legal duty to report any actual or suspected child abuse or neglect.
- The service is not affiliated with any union or employer. There is no intake process, and a healthcare worker can get support in minutes.
- Click here to review our terms and conditions.
Want to become a Peer Supporter?
Volunteering as a Peer Supporter is a rewarding experience. You’ll learn new, useful skills and support others in need.
Mandatory requirements to be a Peer Supporter:
- Volunteers must live within British Columbia.
- Volunteers must be working or have worked in the healthcare sector
- Volunteers must be able to work one shift per week during operating hours (Monday – Friday, 5pm to 9pm, or Monday- Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm Pacific Daylight time).
- Volunteers need their own computer and stable internet connection
- Since the start of this Peer Support service, Care to Speak has supported over 300 British Columbians!
- In a survey given to healthcare workers who accessed Care to Speak to manage their mental health, 93% of users say they would use the service again and 89% had an increased ability to cope.
- In 2022, the Care to Speak Peer Support service will be expanding to the support the Social Services sector as well.
- Stay tuned for further updates and if you have experience in the Social Services sector please click here for further information.