Suicide prevention center suspends hotline due to labor shortage

For lack of manpower and “sufficient funding”, the suicide prevention organization JEVI in Sherbrooke, Estrie, is forced to suspend taking calls to the suicide prevention intervention line.

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“It is not out of cheerfulness, but after reflection, it was unfortunately the right thing to do,” explained the general manager of JEVI on Tuesday morning to TVA Nouvelles.

“We had 9 employees who did this job before the pandemic, but now 5 of those people have left for the public sector, due to better salaries. We need more funding to be able to keep these people, ”she added.

For her part, Claudia Fiore, who is a liaison officer at ROC-Estrie (group of community organizations), this is not surprising.

“Since the start of the pandemic, the problems have been exacerbated in community organizations. It is not just at JEVI, but in several of the 180 members of the ROC. “

JEVI continues to offer several other services and will henceforth focus on face-to-face meetings. The provincial crisis line 1-866-APPELLE is also still in service.


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