About Us

Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) ensures everyone has a place to turn to in a time of crisis by providing 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling and referrals - all at no cost.

It's not up to us to define what the crisis is--it's different for everyone. We don't judge. We're here to listen and connect you with the help you need.

Our Mission: Provide compassionate, accessible crisis support that enhances the health, well-being and resiliency of individuals in distress.

Vision: Everyone is heard.

Our Values: Accessibility, collaboration, compassion, excellence, inclusivity, innovation, leadership, partnerships, respect, and volunteerism. 



Meet our Executive Director


Joan Roy was named Executive Director for Distress Centre on June 10th, 2013. Joan specializes in suicide prevention and sits on many committees that focus on suicide prevention and intervention including the Canadian Distress Line Network Executive. As a lifetime member of the Metis Nation of Alberta, Joan works closely with the Aboriginal community in the area of mental health and wellness.

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