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Did you know that our phone lines don't close down for the holiday season; that we have volunteers here Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, New Year's Eve, and every other day & night during the holidays?  Thank a volunteer today, by making a donation to the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region.  Have a safe & happy holiday season!

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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 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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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 …


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Our Funders

Many thanks to our principal funders:

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

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