Distress Centres is a front-line, volunteer-based service that provides emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Founded in 1967, the organization's mission is to create an emotional safety net for vulnerable and at-risk people in our community. Through a team of volunteers, we strive to achieve our vision of ensuring that every individual in need receives life-sustaining emotional support. Our core service is our 24-hour 416-408-HELP line.
Recruiting For: Volunteers for our 24-hour 480-HELP line; these volunteers will also participate in our Toronto EMS Warm Transfer Line; they may also eventually be eligible to participate in our other programs, such as the Crisis Link subway suicide prevention service.
- Excellent communication skills, especially being a good listener
- Ability to build rapport and convey empathy
- Non-judgmental and accepting of diverse beliefs
- Ability to support our philosophy of empowering individuals
- Capacity to remain calm and effective in challenging situations
- Good self-awareness and common sense
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Open to feedback
- Reliability and punctuality
- Proficiency in English
Programs: Psychology, social work and disaster and emergency management are an especially good fit but not a prerequisite (students from all programs are welcome).
Number of Positions: Unlimited
Application Method: Apply through our website by completing an online application.
How to Prepare: Bring a business card or leave your name and email address.