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Ho, Ho, Ho! It's holiday donation time!

As the holidays approach and 2015 comes to a close, we'd love for you to consider making a donation to the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region.  Our phone lines remain open 24/7 during the holidays, thanks to generous donations over the course of the year.  Want to make a donation?  Click the "Donate Now" button above!  Thank you for making a donation this holiday season!

we're here, 24/7

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 Responders.  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.



We Ran & You Donated!

This year, the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region particpated in the Ottawa Race Weekend's Scotiabank Charity Challenge.   With 13 sponsored Distress Centre r …


Chocolate Affair Gala 2016

April 28, 2016

Save the Date for CHOCOLATE! Our 9th annual Chocolate Affair Gala, sponsored by the Shaw Centre/Cen...

Our Funders

Many thanks to our principal funders:

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

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