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June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. At Distress Centre, we know that Indigenous people face unique issues, due to the trauma and colonialism Indigenous people have experienced. Unfortunately, according to the Centre for Suicide Prevention, Indigenous...

We're here for you when things seem dark. Everyone has dark days, dark thoughts and dark moods. Often these dark clouds come and go, but sometimes the storm doesn’t pass so quickly. This year, we’ve helped thousands of Calgarians find their way to a brighter place. [edgtf_button size="" type="" text="See our 2018 Report to the Community" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome"...

Participants at Darkness Into Light 2018

At the early hour of 5am on May 11, 2019, hundreds of Calgarians will gather in the darkness at Prince’s Island Park for Darkness Into Light Calgary, a unique 5k run/walk in support of suicide prevention and overcoming mental health struggles. As participants walk or run towards the finish line, the sun will peak slowly...

Dee Bardsley, a retired schoolteacher, began volunteering on our crisis lines in 2013. She still remembers one of her first high risk calls - from a struggling young man who was having thoughts of suicide. Dee had spoken with him for a few minutes when he revealed that he had always wanted to be a teacher. “I...

See this update as a video! It was a very long winter for all of us here in Calgary and across Alberta – the fourth coldest Calgary winter on record. With warmer temperatures and longer days, there is renewed optimism that spring is near and hope that summer weather is around the corner. At Distress Centre Calgary,...

Each month, we receive around 10,000 calls to our crisis line. Here are three stories highlighting the skill and compassion of our volunteers and staff as they support two callers and a chatter through crisis. Makena Makena called our crisis line on a Tuesday afternoon feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and lonely. She told the volunteer that her and...

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