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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
Tickets are now live for DCO's Annual Conference 2022! Click here to visit our event page and purchase tickets.
In remembrance and honour of Clyde, Distress and Crisis Ontario have created the Clyde Mental Health and Addictions Awareness Project (#TheClydeProject) to run over the next 12 months. For the year of 2022, we will dedicate a section of the monthly newsletter, a...
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.
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.
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...
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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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!
PO Box 40115
RPO Waterloo Square
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.