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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:

We are here to help!

For text support, text SUPPORT to 258258
(standard text messaging rates apply)

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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 CentreNiagara -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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Things you may find interesting

Things you may find interesting

New Members We have a new member, welcome Victim Services of Peel. We are excited to have you on Board and look forward to networking, learning and growing together.Ontario's New Colour Coded Restriction System Ontario has recently adopted a new system for tackling...

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How to Support and Recruit Volunteers

How to Support and Recruit Volunteers

As you all know, the Spirit of Volunteerism event was cancelled this year due to COVID. So we wanted to share with you some ideas on how to support your volunteers and recruit more. First, we’ll look at strategies to recruit volunteers. Start by looking at what...

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Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance

Now that we work from home, balancing personal and professional life feels increasingly more challenging. We are trying to adapt our workload, care for our team, and maintain our programs without any working model on how to do so. While there have been some benefits...

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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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    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.