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Distress Centres

Distress Centres (DCs) across Ontario offer instant support and a variety of services to their communities. At a DC you can find a listening ear for anyone who is feeling lonely, depressed, suicidal, or struggling otherwise. Most centres operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and include Suicide Survivor programs, support services for youth, telephone call-out programs for seniors and other vulnerable populations, mental health crisis lines, and more.

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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 text support, text SUPPORT to 258258

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COVID-19 and the Holidays

COVID-19 and the Holidays

It's unlikely most Canadians will enjoy a holly jolly Christmas season of gatherings, carolling and travel, say public health experts who encourage those who revel in holiday traditions to accept more sacrifices ahead.

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DCO’s Board of Directors for 2020-2021

DCO’s Board of Directors for 2020-2021

Stacy Terry, Executive Director, Distress Centre Niagara -DCO Board Chair Colleen Gallagher, Principal, RLB - DCO Vice Chair Diwa Satkunanathan - Senior Accountant, RLB - DCO Secretary/Treasurer Peter Donnelly - Partner/IT Advisory, KMPG LLP - Director Shri...

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DCO Updates

DCO Updates

Learning Forums Our learning forums are in the process of being updated. We are very excited to get to work on a new COVID series as well as update links throughout the learning forums. This means new learning materials and new resources for you to use. If there are...

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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 LINKS section. Distress and Crisis Ontario itself is an administrative organization and does not provide telephone listening or referrals!

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    PO Box 38038 King St North,
    Waterloo, ON
    N2J 4T9