According to the World Health Organization, “an overwhelming majority of people with mental and psycho-social disabilities are living in poverty, poor physical health, and are subject to human rights violations”. Also, to add pain to injury, Canada’s health care system is extremely hard to navigate; and often times access to appropriate therapy is cost prohibitive. With this in mind, I want to promote the work of the Toronto Distress Centres . This non-profit organization is supporting  healthy people and communities in Toronto, through social and mental health support. The Toronto Distress Centres provide “free” (confidential) phone support, with the help of trained phone volunteers.


Many people in Toronto who struggle with social isolation, or who might have a mental health or psychosocial disability, have come to rely on support from the  Toronto Distress Centres .  This organization provides much needed social support, to help reduce the loneliness and or social isolation that can negatively impact someones mental health and overall well-being.

The Toronto Distress Centres has been around since 1967, and  provides 24-hour, 365 days a year, response to those experiencing emotional distress or in need of crisis intervention and suicide prevention. They also provide face-to-face support and counseling to people dealing with the effects of suicide and homicide. The Toronto Distress Centres continues to expand, with call volume increasing each year.  As the home to the only 24 Hour Distress Line in Toronto, the Toronto Distress Centres now receives more than 120,000 calls annually, with 600 highly trained volunteers providing round-the-clock coverage.  The Toronto Distress Centres is the point of first access in the city for individuals in crisis requiring emotional first aid.

The Toronto Distress Centres is also a great place to volunteer. And, the phone counsellor role is a great volunteer position for those in the helping professions (i.e. social workers, physiologists, nurses, etc.), or anyone who likes supporting and engaging with others in a meaningful way.

Wishing you good mental health!


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