Our Volunteers work hard to answer every call but they can’t do it alone.

Your donations help support critical mental health services.

24/7 Distress & Crisis Line

24/7 Distress
& Crisis Line

Awareness & Education

Awareness &

Critical Technology


200+ Volunteers


Your donations make a difference.

$25 donation icon

Provides snacks and beverages to our volunteers for a day.

$50 donation icon

Keeps our phone lines open for an hour.

$100 donation icon

Provides snacks and beverages to our volunteers for a day.

$250 donation icon

Pays for a volunteer to complete Suicide Prevention Training.

$1500 donation icon

Provides training for a class of 15 volunteers.

Other ways to donate.

In Memoriam Gift

Memorial donations are a significant way for you to recognize someone special and an opportunity to let others know how much this person meant to you. Families & individuals may also consider requesting donations to the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region in lieu of flowers.  We can provide cards to the funeral home for this.

To properly honour this donation, please contact us and include the name of the honouree and contact information for their family.  If you would like us to send a letter to them in acknowledgement of your special gift, you are able to indicate as so.

Note: Loss is an experience which is unique for people and can be a complex, intense and unpredictable process.  Our volunteers are always available to provide support and information whenever you need someone to talk to, 24 hours a day.

Celebration Gift

Celebrate your special occasion by asking friends & family for donations to the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region or by donating on their behalf.  A card recognizing the gift will be sent to the recipient of the Celebration Gift.  You can make your Celebration Gift on our donation page!

Celebrations can be of any special event, such as:

  • Weddings - some couples choose to make donations on behalf of their guests to their desired charity in lieu of favours!
  • Birthdays - if you don't want to give another coffee shop gift card, a donation for a birthday is a great choice!
  • Anniversaries - mark a special date with a donation!

Graduation - show your graduate that you with with a donation in their honour - great for those going into the field of Mental Health!

Make An In Memory of Donation

Securities & Stocks

When you choose to donate securities, stocks or mutual funds to the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region, you are making a significant difference in the lives of others. You are giving them hope and support through our 24/7 services, ensuring that their call will be answered no matter the time of day or night.


If you are considering gifting securities or mutual funds now, or as part of your legacy, we welcome you to get started through CanadaHelps, a leader in online donations and fundraising in Canada and one of our partners in the donation process.

Your donation will help us save lives, today, tomorrow and every day after.