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Distress Centres

Distress Centres provides 24/7 telephone-based emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention. From 2 pm to 2 am daily, we provide chat and text crisis service. We also run a weekday call-out program for seniors who are living in isolation, are lonely, face major health challenges, etc. In addition, our Survivor Support Program provides face-to-face support to people who have lost a family member or friend to suicide or homicide. All programs are delivered by volunteers after extensive training. Volunteers are trained, supervised and supported by professional staff.

Recruiting for: 1. 408-HELP Line: 24/7 emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention. 2. ONTX: daily 2 pm to 2 am crisis chat/text service 3. Survivor Support Program: face-to-face support to people who have lost a family member or friend to suicide or homicide.

Skills: Attentive listening; ability to convey empathy; emotional maturity; calmness; good judgment; non-judgmental attitude; patience; reliability; acceptance of diversity. Applicants must also have very good verbal English skills (speaking and comprehension).

Programs: Emergency communications, firefighting, medicine, nursing, paramedics, policing, psychology, social work and teaching would be among the most relevant, but applicants from all disciplines are very welcome.

Where positions are posted: Our website: www.torontodistresscentre.com

Application method: Volunteers should submit an application through our website by clicking on the tab for volunteering and selecting the program for which they would like to apply

How to prepare: Bring questions!