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.
If you are in distress, crisis, or are experiencing suicidal ideation:
ONTX is here to help and support you
For support over text, text SUPPORT to 258258
or, click below to
Available from 2PM – 2AM EST daily, standard text messaging rates apply.
Members learning platform
Our Learning Forum videos are available to our Member centres and their volunteers as a way to provide training and education. If you are a Member centre employee or volunteer, please login to access the Learning Forum.
Fundraisers, news, and events
As we continue learning how to be better allies for Truth and Reconciliation, we thought it vital to share the official Calls to Action compiled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada on our site. It is important that all Canadians understand the...
We are looking for volunteers to sit on our Board of Directors and Board Member applications are now open. Previous Board experience is appreciated but not required, and applicants do not need to have distress or crisis line experience. A passion for supporting mental...
It has come to our attention that our website’s contact form has not been working properly for many months due to technical difficulties. If you had tried to contact us that way and did not receive a response, we deeply apologize. The error has now been corrected. We...
Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month with events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and...
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...
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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.