A free confidential online text and/or chat program to provide support for people experiencing emotional distress or crisis. The service is available from 2pm – 2am daily. Click on the “Chat Now” link at the top of our website, “Looking for Support” to the side, or text “SUPPORT” to 258258 (standard text messaging rates may apply).

Education and Training

  • Learning and Networking Conferences
  • Learning Forums video library
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars
  • Joint training initiatives

Marketing and Public Awareness

  • Promotion of the Distress Centre movement to the public
  • Spirit of Volunteerism Committee and award ceremony
  • Promotional information to existing and potential partner agencies

Communication and Information

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Lunch and Learn sessions for Member Organization Executive Directors and Senior Staff
  • DCO Committees
  • e-News and Views monthly newsletter
  • SIOM Data Collection and Analysis
  • Promotional information to existing and potential partner agencies

Provincial Voice

  • Liaison with funding bodies, government and the public
  • Volunteer recruitment awareness
  • Liaison with other stakeholders, friends and partners
  • Research partnerships

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line

Location: Ontario-Wide
Services: Peer Support & Help Line

Distress Centre Durham

Location: Durham Region
– Help Line
– Pride Line
– ONTX Online & Text Crisis Services
– Community Contact Call-Out Program
– Seniors Reassurance Call-out Program
– Suicide Survivor Call-Out Program
– Suicide Survivor Support

Telecheck Dufferin

Location: Greater Dufferin Area
Services: Senior (55+) Check-in Line

Distress Centre Halton

Location: Halton Region
– Distress Line
– TeleCheck
– Speaking Engagements (currently on hold until further notice)

Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville

Location: Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville counties
– Child and Family Support
– Youth and Adult Support
– Specialized Support
– Community Participation Support
– Foundations/Transitions Support
– Respite Services
– Family Home
– Teaching Respite
– Distress Line
– Child Care
– Snoezelen
– Adult and Child Groups
– Short-Term Treatment Home
– Student Awards

Telephone Aid Line Kingston (TALK)

Location: Kingston, ON
Services: Telephone Aid Line

Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline

Location: Nunavut / Kamatsiaqtut
Services: Help Line

Services are available in English, Inuktitut, and French.

CMHA Middlesex - London, Exeter, and Goderich

Location: London, Middlesex, Exeter, and Goderich
– Housing
– Community Supports
– 24/7 Crisis Support
– Rural Supports
– Caregiver Supports
– Peer Supports

Distress Centre Niagara

Location: Niagara Region
– Distress Line
– ONTX Online Chat & Text Support
– Suicide Help

Talk 4 Healing (Beendigen Inc) Northern Ontario

Location: Northern Ontario
Services: Help Line

Offers services in 14 languages across Ontario such as English, Ojibway, Oji-cree, and Cree.

Compass Community Services Guelph-Wellington

Location: Guelph Wellington
– Counselling Services
– Developmental Services
– Distress & TeleConnect Lines
– Workplace Wellness & EAP

Distress Centre Ottawa & Region

Location: Ottawa & Region
Services: Distress and Crisis Lines

Services are available in English and French.

Victim Services of Peel

Location: Peel Region
– Crisis Intervention
– Community Information Sessions
– South Asian Family Enrichment (S.A.F.E.)
– Victim Quick Response Program
– Transitional & Housing Support

Services are available in English and French.

Family Counselling Centre Sarnia-Lambton

Location: Sarnia Lambton
Services: Distress and Tele-Check Lines

Welcome to Distress and Crisis Ontario

At a DC you can find a listening ear for lonely, depressed, and/or suicidal people, usually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many centres also have Suicide Survivor programs, support services for youth, telephone call out programs for seniors and vulnerable people, mental health Crisis Lines services and much more.

If you are in distress, crisis or are having suicidal thoughts

we are here to help and support

For Text Support, Text SUPPORT to 258258

Standard text messages rates apply