Canada now has a national suicide prevention 988 hotline, giving people in a crisis access to suicide prevention services via call or text. The line went live yesterday.

People in every province and territory who are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate support can use the three-digit number.

Similar to 911 for accessing fire, police and medical emergencies, 988: Suicide Crisis Helpline is a short, easy-to-remember number to get a quick response from coast to coast to coast, 24/7 and free of charge.

A single, 3-digit number for help is a very welcome step.