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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

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We are not Currently Searching for Committee Members

We are not Currently Searching for Committee Members

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...

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Podcast Update

Podcast Update

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...

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Gratitude and Mental Health

Gratitude and Mental Health

COVID-19 has been a shock to us all on a global level. It has caused fear and anxiety among people all around the world. Many people have lost their jobs, family and friends, and their sense of control. While we all can agree that COVID-19 is traumatic, there is a...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Coronavirus

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Coronavirus

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that is tied to the changing seasons. Symptoms usually begin in the fall as the days get shorter and there is less sunlight to our days. These symptoms can progress and worsen through winter. SAD has been...

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Covid-19 vs. The Flu

Covid-19 vs. The Flu

Flu season is fast approaching but this year it will come with new challenges. The flu and Covid-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses but are caused by a different virus. This means it is important to be up to date on the signs and symptoms because both...

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Announcing A Speaker for DCO’s Next Conference

Announcing A Speaker for DCO’s Next Conference

We are excited to announce that the prolific author of the popular Just Say Know- A counsellors guide to psychoactive drugs, Rick Csiernik will be one of our guest speakers at our conference in March! Rick is a professor of social work at Western University and King's...

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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!

    416-486-2242

    info@dcontario.org

    Mailing address

    PO Box 40115
    RPO Waterloo Square
    Waterloo, ON   
    N2J 4V1

     

    Distress and Crisis Ontario was recently featured on
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    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.

    Distress and Crisis Ontario is a member of good standing of the Internation Association of Suicide Prevention and LifeLine International.