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Distress Centres

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

Where positions are posted: Distress Centres website; Career Centre's online job posting system

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.

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