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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!

Donate to the United Way Ottawa!

We are fortunate to be a partner with United Way Ottawa!  Help change 57,200 lives in Ottawa with a donation.  Be a United Way Ottawa HERO!  Every donation helps us with answering what will be nearly 50,000 calls this year!



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

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