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Four years ago, Simone Rousseau, a Realtor with Simone Rousseau & Associates with RE/MAX Real Estate (Central), received a call from one of her clients who was experiencing distress. She immediately helped her client connect with Distress Centre. “The call to Distress Centre was his turning point to getting the help he needed,” Simone said. Simone had...

Getting the bride and groom to kiss is a common and time-honoured wedding tradition. Usually this is done by tapping champagne glasses with flatware. At Celia Kopperud and Matt Sticksl’s wedding reception in October of 2015, they asked guests to make a donation to Distress Centre Calgary if they wanted to see the pair smooch. Three years...

The fight to end the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness has largely centered on talking. Bell Let’s Talk encourages us to use communication to end the stigma, whether by sharing stories of how mental illness touches us all, being aware of the kind of language we use and how it can be harmful or listening...

NEED HELP? CAN HELP? For our 2015 Annual Report we wanted look back on our growth and accomplishments in 2015 while also looking ahead to 2016. Knowing what a difficult year 2015 was for many, and how it continues to be challenging into 2016, we wanted to focus on two pieces. Need help? We are here...

Can you outrun the stigma? One runner has dressed up as "the stigma" for multiple events, inviting participants to literally outrun him. Hundreds of students, teachers and members of the community came out to the University of Calgary on October, 18, 2015 to run, walk and volunteer for Outrun the Stigma, a student-initiated run/walk for mental...

Richard Hinse, Commander of Calgary's 911 Centre discusses the new partnership at a press conference at Calgary Police Service Headquarters on October 14, 2015. Distress Centre has partnered with the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and 9-1-1 to promote 211 for citizens in need. 211 is a telephone-based information and referral service that connects Calgarians...

Distress Centre was fortunate to have Angela Danko (pictured) assisting the Fund Development and Communications team this summer. My name is Angela Danko and I’m entering my last semester of my B.A in Psychology at the University of Calgary. This summer, I was chosen to be one of Nexen's Not-For-Profit summer students, where students get the opportunity to...

by Angela Danko CCC Jasminder Randhawa answering calls on the 211 lines. There is no such thing as an ordinary day at work for a Contact Centre Coordinator (CCC). "No day is ever the same," says CCC, Jasminder Randhawa. Each caller is different – they have unique needs, a meaningful story to share and a voice to be heard....

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