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Chocolate Affair Gala 2015

Save the date!  Our 8th annual Chocolate Affair Gala will be held on May 7th at the Shaw Centre (formally Ottawa Convention Centre).  We can't wait to host another amazingly delicious event, all in support of our 24/7 crisis & support line services!

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.


55+ Volunteers

We are actively recruiting volunteers ages 55 and over. Bring your knowledge, understanding and experience to support callers in crisis.  Apply to our 55+ Volunteer program today & be the voice of support for thousands in our community.

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.



Tim Hortons Owners in Ottawa Area Make an Incredible Donation

Distress Centre Ottawa’s 100 x $100 Challenge Ottawa, December 15, 2014:  Christmas came a little early this year for the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Regi …


Chocolate Affair Gala 2015

May 07, 2015

Save the date!  Our 8th annual Chocolate Affair Gala will be held on May 7th, 2015 at the Shaw Ce...

Our Funders

Many thanks to our principal funders:

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

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