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Chocolate Affair Gala 2016

It's that time of year again, where eating chocolate is perfectly okay with us!  Tickets for our 9th annual Chocolate Affair Gala are on sale now!  Visit our events listing below for all information & to purchase your tickets!  Take advantage of our early bird pricing!

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.

Anyone Can Call

You don't have to be the one in distress to get in touch with us. You can call if you are worrying about a loved one or simply to ask for a resource in your community.

As a caregiver, you are important too! All calls are confidential. We're here to listen, no matter what the circumstances.

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.



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Chocolate Affair Gala 2016

April 28, 2016

Join us on April 28, 2016 at the Shaw Centre/Centre Shaw for our 9th annual Chocolate Affair Gala!...

Our Funders

Many thanks to our principal funders:

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

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