In 2019, we received our highest ever number of suicide related contacts.
Calgary has never needed the support of Distress Centre more.
Our trained volunteers and staff work hard to ensure that Distress Centre remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to connect with people when they need it. This includes our free 24 hour crisis, ConnecTeen and 211 lines, and in-person professional counselling services.
Your gift makes it possible for thousands of Calgarians to receive free support via 24 hour phone, email, chat, text for youth and face-to-face counselling. In your darkest moments, Distress Centre is here for you.
“You are the only person I have ever told about what is going on in my life – how much it sucks, and how I just wanted to end it all. I now feel much better. Thank you.”
-ConnecTeen Caller, 2:30am
A safe ride home for a youth volunteer working a late shift on ConnecTeen.
A gift card to help cover the monthly cost of groceries for an individual accessing our Basic Needs Fund.
A holiday meal for the group of volunteers who stay to respond to the 24 hour crisis line on Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter weekend.
Learning materials for a group of 25 volunteers in training.
The damage deposit to help a woman fleeing domestic violence find a new home.
Recruitment, training and mentorship support for one crisis line volunteer over the course of a year.
“I have been calling every day for weeks. Everyone I spoke to made me feel better and stronger. You saved my life. Thank you so much.”
-Crisis Line Caller