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World Suicide Prevention Day: Suicide-related contacts up 34% in 2021

2021-09-09T22:28:34+00:00

Distress Centre introduces crisis text support September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day - a day to bring awareness to suicide prevention and end the stigma that surrounds the topic. We acknowledge what a difficult year it has been for many. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, there is help. Distress Centre provides a 24 [...]

World Suicide Prevention Day: Suicide-related contacts up 34% in 20212021-09-09T22:28:34+00:00

COVID-19: 1 Year Later – Distress Centre’s counselling program response

2021-03-25T15:54:16+00:00

This is part two in our multi-part series exploring Distress Centre’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one year after we first activated our business continuity plan and went remote for the safety of our staff and volunteers. Read part one on the lead up to the pandemic and our crisis program response. This story looks [...]

COVID-19: 1 Year Later – Distress Centre’s counselling program response2021-03-25T15:54:16+00:00

COVID-19: 1 Year Later – Crisis Program Response

2021-03-17T13:57:44+00:00

One year of pandemic response at Distress Centre Calgary This is part one in our multi-part series exploring Distress Centre’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one year after we first activated our business continuity plan and went remote for the safety of our staff and volunteers. It hasn’t been an easy journey; we’ve encountered many challenges and 2021 continues to [...]

COVID-19: 1 Year Later – Crisis Program Response2021-03-17T13:57:44+00:00

Distress Centre’s journey to accreditation with the American Association of Suicidology

2021-03-05T17:05:04+00:00

Distress Centre received accreditation from the American Association of Suicidology on February 3, 2021. Guest post by: Mike Velthuis Kroeze, Crisis Program Manager A quick Google search for the definition of accreditation suggests “the action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity.” When [...]

Distress Centre’s journey to accreditation with the American Association of Suicidology2021-03-05T17:05:04+00:00

Self-care tips from crisis line volunteers

2020-01-28T17:52:45+00:00

Self-care is any activity that we intentionally do in order to take care of our physical, mental and emotional health. Practicing self-care helps you avoid burn out, improve your mood and reduce anxiety. By taking care of yourself you’re able to be there for others when they need you. As Karen Pickles from Stresscase puts [...]

Self-care tips from crisis line volunteers2020-01-28T17:52:45+00:00

You can help us save lives

2019-12-12T12:56:30+00:00

“I called. They answered. They listened. Suicide is serious and they took me seriously.” — Caller We respond to 325 contacts each day. This is a particularly difficult time of year for so many, please help us support our community by giving a gift that will help our volunteers and staff save lives. Your gift [...]

You can help us save lives2019-12-12T12:56:30+00:00

Keynote speaker shares his struggles and his triumphs

2019-09-13T12:27:36+00:00

Bob Wilkie, a native Calgarian, fell in love with playing hockey as soon as his dad introduced him to the game as a child. He grew up near outdoor rinks and was able to practice frequently. Soon he began to dream of playing for the NHL. In 1987, at age 18, he realized that dream [...]

Keynote speaker shares his struggles and his triumphs2019-09-13T12:27:36+00:00

World Suicide Prevention Day: More people comfortable talking about suicide online versus on the phone

2019-09-10T09:01:05+00:00

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and Distress Centre wants anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or struggling with their mental health to know that help is available. We offer 24/7 phone support, professional counselling and daily online chat support and text support for youth. In 2019 Distress Centre has observed that people prefer to talk [...]

World Suicide Prevention Day: More people comfortable talking about suicide online versus on the phone2019-09-10T09:01:05+00:00

Distress Centre’s Impact Part 2: Stories from our service users

2019-07-30T16:48:48+00:00

Distress Centre has responded to over 38,000 crisis calls, chats, texts and emails so far in 2019 (as of June 30th). Here are two stories highlighting the skill and compassion of our volunteers as they support a caller and a texter through crisis. Arnav Arnav called Distress Centre at 11:45 on a Thursday night. He [...]

Distress Centre’s Impact Part 2: Stories from our service users2019-07-30T16:48:48+00:00

For World Suicide Prevention Day: 19% of Distress Centre’s online contacts are suicide related

2017-09-11T20:19:44+00:00

Last year Distress Centre Calgary responded to 113,975 calls, emails, chats, texts and counselling requests from people in distress. From January 1st to July 31st, 2017 suicide presented on 3,925 calls which is 8.5% of our total call volume to date. On our online crisis service suicide presented itself on 19% or 956 chats, emails [...]

For World Suicide Prevention Day: 19% of Distress Centre’s online contacts are suicide related2017-09-11T20:19:44+00:00
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