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Distress and Crisis Ontario

Distress and Crisis Ontario (DCO) is an administrative membership association that supports advocacy, networking, and training for Distress Centres (DCs) across 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 locations page to find a centre near you.

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Welcome to Distress and Crisis Ontario

If you are in distress, crisis, or are experiencing suicidal ideation:

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For support over text, text SUPPORT to 258258

Available from 2PM – 2AM daily, standard text messaging rates apply

or, click below to

Fundraisers, news, and events

Supporting Parents

Supporting Parents

Please click here to watch the webinar recording from our webinar on supporting parents, with an emphasis on support for parents on the autism spectrum.

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Art Therapy for Grief due to Suicide Loss

Art Therapy for Grief due to Suicide Loss

Please click here to access the notes from our webinar presented by Marilyn Clarke on how art therapy can be used to support persons who are struggling with grief related to a death by suicide.

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Learning Opportunities

Learning Opportunities

Christina Hennelly, Intimate Partner Violence Specialist at the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellington, and friend of Distress and Crisis Ontario, will be speaking about her project on Intimate Partner and Gender Based Violence at two upcoming events. Visit...

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

On Friday September 10th, 2021, we hosted a livestream on Facebook to honour World Suicide Prevention Day. World Suicide Prevention Day, observed each year on September 10th, provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and...

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Supporting Suicidal Callers Webinar

Supporting Suicidal Callers Webinar

On August 18, 2021 our Spirit of Volunteerism Committee hosted a webinar on the topic of supporting callers who are struggling with suicidality and suicidal ideation. Click here to access the video recording, webinar notes, and some additional resources related to...

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Ending Difficult Calls Webinar Summary

Ending Difficult Calls Webinar Summary

In July, 2021, we held a webinar for volunteers and staff from across our membership, hosted by our Spirit of Volunteerism Committee. We had a long-time volunteer from our committee present on the topic of ending difficult calls and the webinar was well-attended which...

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How to reach our administrative staff:

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!

Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch:

    Administration offices, not a crisis line!

    416-486-2242

    info@dcontario.org

    Mailing address

    PO Box 40115
    RPO Waterloo Square
    Waterloo, ON   
    N2J 4V1

    Distress and Crisis Ontario is dedicated to being an LGBTQ2+ safe space, committed to inclusion and respect.

    Distress and Crisis Ontario acknowledge that we are located on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. We are on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral Confederacy), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.