For 50 years, Distress Centres has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals in our community who are at risk and their most vulnerable. We are Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency.
Our services are available via hotline, online chat, and text. We also offer face-to-face individual as well as group support and counselling to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or homicide and are navigating the aftermath.
Distress Centres continues to expand, and our program participants & call volume increases each year. Distress Centres now answers more than 82,000+ calls annually, and is a pilot site for the recently launched National Suicide Hotline (Canadian Suicide Prevention Service) via Crisis Service Canada.
Make Mental Health and Suicide #Unignorable
Take Action with us to stamp out mental health stigma and prevent suicide
Demonstrate your commitment to reducing Canada’s high rate of suicide by supporting workers in suicide prevention and victims with lived experience, to come together for a day of creating awareness, knowledge sharing, networking, and united action against suicide and mental health stigma.
Mental health and suicide is a priority public health concern for all Canadians. Every day over 11 people (11.5) end their life by suicide nationally. It is like twelve 747 jets crashing and killing everyone on board every year. Up to 20-25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Additionally, 1 in 5 people in Canada will experience a mental illness in any given year.
Those are staggering numbers. What we also know is that the long term impact of a suicide on those left behind is equally formidable. Many survivors of a suicide loss are at risk for long-term complications including mental health issues, employment challenges and even risk for their own suicide.
Will you join us?
Helping to fund the Distress Centres GTA 2019 Conference and Events is a great way to provide practical support. You’ll be making a difference by enabling suicide prevention workers to share their latest insights directly with survivors of suicide loss and frontline support staff. Effectively translating new suicide prevention research into real programs and services will help save lives.