According to a research, there were a lot of cases where people dialed the emergency number for weird reasons and most of them were not emergencies. There are different reasons listed such as late-night vacuuming, bad haircut and hunt for a small parking spot. Yes, these calls were gentle, they an clog up the traffic in the communication system and might affect real calls from emergency situations.
There are some valid reasons why people call the emergency hotline. However, people need to know that there are other resources available designed for specific situations.
1-800 SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). This hotline is the best number t call if you are considering suicide or if you know someone who may be. The agents are available 24 hours and they always respond promptly.
1-800-668-6868. This hotline is designed for the Kids Help Phone/ If you are in need for an immediate information, caring support. They can also provide referral to a community or agency.
310-6789. If you need an emotional support, this number is the right hotline to call. The main goal of this hotline is to provide support for those people who are suffering from mental health issues.
If you need an advice regarding your confidential health issues, you can dial 8-1-1 Health Link BC. They are available 24 hours and 7 days a week.
Now if your concern is towards COVID 19 or if you have any questions related to it, you can find helpful updates and information from the contact information in the BC Centre for Diusease Control Website.
Lastly, for drug and alcohol abuse concerns, you can check the Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral Service by dialing 1-800-663-1441 or 604-660-9382.
For emergency concerns, dial 9-1-1. To get more information, read this.