Our Speakers

Distress Centres leadership and volunteers have a wealth of knowledge and in-depth personal stories that provide insights which are relevant on a variety of mental health, risk and crisis support, suicide prevention/postvention topics. We would love to reserve a speaker for you!

To book please submit a request to Talia at talia@torontodistresscentre.com and include:

  • Details of the event (location, date)
  • The topic(s) you're interested in
  • Contact information


Available Speakers/Interviews


Executive Director of Distress Centres                

Alison has dedicated her career to the non-orofit and public sectors beginning as a literacy coordinator with the North York Public Lbrary and the Children's Aid Society. She has held progressively senior positions in volunteer management with the Univerity Health Network (i.e. Toronto General, Toronto Wester, and Toronto Rehab hospitals). She has been the Executive director of Serve (a charity that worked with marginalized youth from the priority neighbourhoods of Toronto), and Spectra Community Support Services (a 24/7 anonymous and confidential multilingual Distress and Crisis line service).


Survivor of Suicide Loss & Survivor of Homicide Loss Programs for Distress Centres

A survivor of suicide loss himself, Alex has spent the last thirteen years building a community of support for those who have experienced similar loss. He has spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to suicide and homicide loss as well as mental health for a wide range of highly acclaimed and grassroots organizations. As personable as he is knowledgeable, Alex is personally invested in helping each program member find their personal pathway forward.


Helpline Program for Distress Centres

Caller Reassurance Program for Distress Centres