Q&A with Robyn Romano, Distress Centre’s CEO 2022 was another exciting year at Distress Centre and 2023 is poised to be the same. We wanted to take some time with our CEO, Robyn Romano, to reflect on 2022 and talk about some of the exciting initiatives DC has planned for this year.Let’s get started!Watch [...]
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Three lessons from the 2022 AIRS Conference in Baltimore Guest Post: Nadiya Hasan, 211 Community Resource Specialist and Contact Centre Coordinator at Distress Centre Calgary. Nadiya attended the AIRS Learn conference in Baltimore, Maryland in October 2022. AIRS (The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems) is the professional membership association for community Information [...]
Drive for Distress Charity Golf Tournament Photography courtesy of Gilmour Photography, and Distress Centre's communications team. On Tuesday, June 13, 2023, we hosted the first annual Drive for Distress Charity Golf Tournament! We couldn’t [...]
February 11th is 211 Day! We’re excited to celebrate 211 Day on February 11th! Across North America, this is a special day (2/11) to celebrate and raise awareness of 211. What is 211? Contact 211 to access an entire network of community, social, health and government services. Calls, texts and chats are answered [...]
Jump to guide and templates. At Distress Centre, we create safety plans with our service users every day. A safety plan can be an effective tool to help mitigate self-harm and suicidal behaviours. The purpose of a safety plan is to help you cope with and distract you from suicidal thoughts and thoughts of self-harm, [...]
Helpful tips for winter self-care With the excitement of the holidays behind us, and multiple months of cold weather still stretching ahead, winter can begin to feel like quite a slog. This can be a challenging time for many of us. Winter’s dark mornings, cold weather, and icy streets can make for a [...]
Now with crisis text support 24/7 Calgarians are more comfortable talking about difficult subjects like suicide through text than over a phone call. Thank you for helping expand our text services to make them available 24/7. Because of your donations, we’ve been able to provide crisis support to over 13,000 people in distress since [...]
Make a difference this holiday season During the holiday season, while you may be booking off time to rest and recharge with your family, Distress Centre remains open and available 24 hours a day to help Calgarians in distress. While we work tirelessly to ensure everyone has a place to turn in times of [...]
Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Lisa joined Distress Centre as an Online Services Volunteer in September 2021. Though she initially applied to volunteer to meet a requirement of her educational program, she quickly found that what she gained from volunteering went far beyond college credits. “I don't really look at it as what I do for [...]
Why Volunteer? After a long day of work, school, or whatever you have going on, you’re likely looking forward to getting home and relaxing. Your couch is calling your name and you haven’t had a moment to just breathe all day. Life is busy. So, why make time to volunteer? Why spend the energy [...]