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Peter Oxland at his work station at Distress Centre Calgary

A few months ago, Peter Oxland, a crisis line volunteer at Distress Centre Calgary, answered a call at 2:30am and heard a faint whisper on the other end of the line. “The young girl eventually shared that she had had Distress Centre’s telephone number for nine months and had finally got the courage to call,” Peter...

ConnecTeen on the jumbotron at the Calgary Hitmen game

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, the Calgary Hitmen faced the Saskatoon Blades at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Hitmen unfortunately lost 1-5 against the Blades, but thousands of fans still enjoyed a great game and had a chance to learn about Calgary’s youth peer support service, ConnecTeen. ConnecTeen provides confidential peer support to Calgary teens by phone,...

We know reaching out to a crisis line takes a great deal of courage. That courage comes from admitting and accepting the fact you need help, and that you are willing to take that first step. It also comes from fearing the unknown. You might ask, “What happens when I contact a crisis line? Who...

Distress Centre Staff Photo

2017 was another challenging year for Calgarians, as we faced an economy that has been slow to recover. We continue to see the impact of this prolonged recession on our crisis lines, in our counselling program and Basic Needs Fund. Compared to 2016, last year was a year of increased demand right across the board, which...

Author: Teresa Greenhill The holidays can be especially difficult for seniors in recovery. You might be used to being the matriarch at holiday gatherings. The one who hosted the big dinners, the one who graciously wrote all the cards, wrapped the gifts, and gave the toast. But addiction may have changed that. If you’re a senior in...

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With the holiday season just around the corner, you can make a difference for Calgarians in distress this holiday season. While you're relaxing with loved ones, or finishing up your holiday shopping, our dedicated staff and volunteers are responding to Calgarians in crisis 24 hours a day. Yes, even on Christmas Day, when you're sitting down...

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