Please refer to our COVID-19 Plan of Action
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.
Thank you to our major funder and supporter
Members learning platform
Welcome to Distress and Crisis Ontario
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
Available from 2PM – 2AM daily, standard text messaging rates apply
or, click below to
Fundraisers, news, and events
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...
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...
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...
This newsletter, we wanted to give you an update from Cindy Slavik on how ONTX is doing and how the pandemic has affected the program. Overall, the number of visitors has stayed the same, Cindy feels this is because many people don't know about our service. As for...
Many of our members rely on volunteers to keep us going, they work hard to help serve their community and we always want them to feel valued and appreciated. Especially since COVID, we see now more than ever the role and value of volunteers, and the danger of...
The podcasts have been an enriching experience to understand the world through the knowledge and stories of others. The podcasts bring awareness and education on important topics that impact our society. It not only provides listeners with information to sit on, but...
Find a DCO Member Centre near you
One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time
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.