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100 x $100 Challenge

Help us raise $10,000 for the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region through your business!  The 100 x $100 Challenge is designed to raise significant funds for our 24/7 services and showcase the business who choose to support us.  We are in need of a phone system upgrade and your support will help us get there!

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The Distress Centre plays an integral and vital role in our community. We answer calls for help at any time of day or night. Our Crisis Line Specialists provide unbiased and non-judgmental support. All calls are confidential.

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, we can help.


What Is Distress?

Any feeling, any issue that disturbs your well-being or ability to cope is something to talk about. Distress can range from a bad day at work to a mental illness.

It can be caused by conflicts in relationships, bullying, school pressure, physical disabilities, loneliness and more.

What About Suicide?

All Crisis Line Specialists are trained in the LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop. This training allows them to discuss suicide with callers in an open, direct and non-judgmental manner.

It also provides Crisis Line Specialists with the skills to help callers identify risk and develop safeplans to guard against that risk.


I Want To Volunteer

Being a volunteer at the Distress Centre is an incredible experience!

Take a moment to read through the Volunteer Section of our website to learn & understand the commitment and benefits of becoming a volunteer at the Distress Centre.  Apply today!



We have helped people in crisis and provided professional development courses to the community since 1969.



At the heart of the Distress Centre are our volunteer Crisis Line Specialists.  If you are interested in performing this vital service, we invite you to look through this section.



The work we do could not be accomplished without the generous support we receive from our donors. Each contribution has a tremendous impact on our ability to help individuals and families in crisis.



One Million Calls

Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region Reaches Milestone The Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region would like to officially announce a significant milestone in its …



November 20, 2014

Our second annual ladies only fundraiser is back, with a new concept! Join us on Thursday, Novemb...

Our Funders

Many thanks to our principal funders:

Grey Bruce Health Services
Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
Cornwall Community Hospital
Hawkesbury & District General Hospital
Pembroke Regional Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital
CMHA Grey Bruce
Centraide Outaouais
United Way Ottawa
Frontenac Community Mental Health & Addictions Service
City of Ottawa

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