A new campaign to promote healthy environments for children and youth launched in Saskatchewan this past week.
It’s called Talk It Out and it gets youth, coaches, parents and instructors to call a hotline if they are experiencing bullying.
It encourages anyone involved in youth activities — including coaches, parents, participants and instructors — to call a toll-free line to receive guidance and support if they are experiencing issues with bullying, violence, abuse or hazing.
Dean Kush is the Associate Chief Executive Officer of SaskCulture.
He said everyone should know about this toll-free line and use it.
“We need to promote the Talk It Out campaign so kids are aware that this option is here and that the Red Cross, with their professionals there, can channel them in the right areas so they can be safe,” Kush said.
Kush said the line is monitored by experienced and trained Red Cross employees who will listen to concerns and provide guidance — or refer the callers to the proper authorities.
To ‘Talk It Out’ call 1-866-773-5777.