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Talk4Healing experiences drastic increase

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Compiled by Shari Narine







Over the last seven months Talk4Healing has seen a 100 per cent increase in calls. The higher numbers are a result of promoting who they are and what they do, said program coordinator Robin Haliuk. “Women are hearing about Talk4Healing and are getting more and more comfortable with calling for help.” Talk4Healing has Aboriginal women, who have lived in remote communities and can relate to the callers, as the ones answering the phones. Beendigen in partnership with the Ontario Native Women’s Association launched Talk4Healing in October 2012. It was the first of its kind in Ontario, providing culturally safe and appropriate resources for Aboriginal women and their families living in Northern Ontario. To date the help line has received 4,500 calls, with women calling from remote, urban, and rural communities, both on and off reserve.