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Distress and Crisis Ontario
Distress and Crisis Ontario (DCO), an administrative membership association, supports advocacy, networking, and training for Distress Centres (DCs) in Ontario. DCs offer instant support and a variety of services to their communities and are a place where you can find a listening ear for anyone who is feeling lonely, depressed, is struggling with suicidal ideation, or who is otherwise in need of support. Most centres operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and may include suicide survivor programs, LGBTQ+ friendly services, support services for youth, telephone call-out programs for seniors and other vulnerable populations, mental health crisis lines, and more. Visit our Member locations page to find a centre near you or click here to learn more about us.
Building a caring partnership for close to 50 years, the Ontario Association of Distress Centres, operating as Distress and Crisis Ontario (DCO), has worked with its membership to increase the capacity of community based organizations offering distress and crisis line services and providing suicide prevention support. In everything we do, we aim to provide advocacy for our Members and the distress/crisis sector, training opportunities for volunteers and leadership, and to foster networking among Member centres to allow for partnerships and growth among the sector. A DCO membership is ideal for a variety of organizations that provide telephone, chat, and/or text-based distress and/or crisis and/or suicide intervention and prevention services to their communities. Also for multiservice organizations with specialized telephone, chat, text and/or web-based support for their communities and its at-risk populations. Learn more with the “Become a Member” button above.
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Thank You to Our Major Funder and Supporter
We would like to thank LifeLine International for their grant of $3,500.00 to support our Clyde Mental Health and Addictions Awareness Project. Their funding will go towards continually raising awareness and providing tools to professionals and communities of individuals, families, and interest groups to aid them in supporting suicide prevention and intervention.
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If you are in distress or crisis and need immediate support, please call one of the Distress Centres or Crisis Lines listed in the Get Help section of this website or, for help finding other mental health service providers, look at our Useful Information section. Distress and Crisis Ontario itself is an administrative organization and does not provide telephone listening or referrals!
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Distress and Crisis Ontario is dedicated to being an LGBTQ2+ safe space, committed to inclusion and respect.
Distress and Crisis Ontario is a member of good standing of the Internation Association of Suicide Prevention and LifeLine International, as well as The American Association of Suicidology and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.
We respectfully acknowledge that Distress and Crisis Ontario is a virtual organization whose employees work remotely in areas largely located on the Haldimand tract, the treaty and traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
This territory is part of the Two Row Wampum, Friendship Belt, and Dish with One Spoon Treaties. It symbolizes the agreement to share and protect our resources and not engage in conflict. We strive to honour these treaties as respectful neighbours on this land.
Distress and Crisis Ontario is committed to advancing truth and reconciliation through the promotion of education and working towards the transformative calls to action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and by all Indigenous communities across Canada.
We are committed to listening, learning, reflecting, and adapting our approaches to better facilitate reconciliation and create welcoming spaces for all individuals.
We offer our gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we honour those teachings.