A free confidential online text and/or chat program to provide support for people experiencing emotional distress or crisis. The service is available from 2pm – 2am daily. Click on the “Chat Now” link at the top of our website, or text “support” to 258258.

Education and Training

  • Learning and Networking Conferences
  • Learning Forums video library
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars
  • Joint training initiatives

Marketing and Public Awareness

  • Promotion of the Distress Centre movement to the public
  • Spirit of Volunteerism Award ceremony
  • Promotional information to existing and potential partner agencies

Communication and Information

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Lunch and Learn Sessions for member organization Executive
  • Directors and Senior Staff
  • DCO Committees
  • e-News and Views monthly
  • Newsletter
  • SIOM Data Collection and Analysis
  • Promotional information to existing and potential Partner Agencies

Provincial Voice

  • Liaison with funding bodies, government and the public
  • Volunteer Recruitment awareness
  • Liaison with other stakeholders, friends and partners
  • Research partnerships

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line

Location: Ontario-Wide
Services: Peer Support & Help Line

Distress Centre Durham

Location: Durham Region
Help Line
Pride Line
ONTX Online & Text Crisis Services
Community Contact Call-Out Program
Seniors Reassurance Call-out Program
Suicide Survivor Call-Out Program
Suicide Survivor Support

Telecheck Dufferin

Location: Greater Dufferin Area
Senior (55+) Check-in Line

Distress Centre Halton

Location: Halton Region
Distress Line
Speaking Engagements (currently on hold until further notice)

Developmental Services Lanark Leeds Grenville

Location: Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville counties
Child and Family Support
Youth and Adult Support
Specialized Support
Community Participation Support
Foundations/Transitions Support
Respite Services
Family Home
Teaching Respite
Distress Line
Child Care
Adult and Child Groups
Short-Term Treatment Home
Student Awards

Telephone Aid Line Kingston (TALK)

Location: Kingston, ON
Telephone Aid Line Kingston (TALK)

Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline

Location: Nunavut / Kamatsiaqtut
Help Line

CMHA Middlesex

Location: London, Middlesex
Support Line

Distress Centre Niagara

Location: Niagara Region
Distress Line
Online & Text Crisis
Suicide Help

Beendigen Inc (talk 4 healing)

Location: Northern Ontario
Help Line (14 languages)

Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington

Location: Guelph Wellington
Counselling Services
Developmental Services
Distress & TeleConnect Line
Workplace Wellness & EAP

Distress Centre Ottawa & Region

Location: Ottawa & Region
Distress Line
Crisis Line

Victim Services Peel Region

Location: Peel Region
Crisis Intervention
Community Information Sessions
South Asian Family Enrichment (S.A.F.E.)
Victim Quick Response Program
Transitional & Housing Support

Family Counselling Centre Distress line Sarnia Lambton

Location: Sarnia Lambton
Distress Line

Welcome to Distress and Crisis Ontario

At a DC you can find a listening ear for lonely, depressed, and/or suicidal people, usually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many centres also have Suicide Survivor programs, support services for youth, telephone call out programs for seniors and vulnerable people, mental health Crisis Lines services and much more.

If you are in distress, crisis or are having suicidal thoughts

we are here to help and support

For Text Support, Text SUPPORT to 258258

Standard text messages rates apply