Canadian stars unite to support Kids Help Phone with Unsinkable Youth fundraising TV special

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      Whether it’s student athletes missing out on sports, graduates missing out on ceremonies, or youth isolated at home with abusive, neglectful, or homophobic family members, many Canadian youth are facing emotional or stressful situations that can impact mental health.

      On April 26, Canadian stars, athletes, activists, public figures, and more joined together to offer music and words of inspiration in the TV special Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble to raise funds for the country’s food banks. Canadians donated over $8 million to help needy citizens access food.

      Performers, athletes, and musicians are once again teaming up and contributing to a new effort to help another demographic group that is particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.

      The one-hour special Unsinkable Youth will be broadcast at 1 p.m. on Friday (May 22) on CTV (and 1 p.m. ET on Facebook) and online to support Kids Help Phone.

      The show, hosted by four-time Canadian Olympian and Unsinkable founder Silken Laumann, will feature musical performances by Lennon Stella, Johnny Orlando, and the Reklaws.

      Among those appearing will be Vancouver’s Jacob Tremblay (Room), Hailey Wickenheiser, Tessa Virtue, Wali Shah, and Lauren Orlando, with more to be announced.

      Laumann stated in a news release that outreach to Kids Help Phone has more than doubled in Canada over recent weeks.

      According to Kids Help Phone, outreach doubled in Nova Scotia after the mass shooting; demand for service is 63 percent more on texting platforms; and the service conducts five to 10 active rescues for suicidal people each day.

      More information about the non-profit organization Unsinkable, which is dedicated to empowering Canadians in achieving better mental and physical health, can be found at its website.

      Kids Help Phone offers free, confidential counselling to youth across Canada in English and French and can be reached online or at 1-800-668-6868.