World Suicide Prevention Day – We need to talk about youth and suicide September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Young people face significant internal and external stressors, including the social, physiological and neurological changes they experience during the awkward and transitional teen years. Following the disruptive and isolating onset of the pandemic, [...]
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Taking PRIDE in your mental health While we’ve seen much progress for 2SLGBTQ+ rights and general attitudes toward the queer community in the past few decades, recent backlash and politically charged vitriol in our communities and across the globe has been taking a toll. How can 2SLGBTQ+ people (and the people who love [...]
SORCe celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary! SORCe is ten years old! SORCe (Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre) opened its doors on June 18th, 2013, with the goal of creating one location where multiple agencies work together to help people experiencing or facing homelessness. Distress Centre has been at SORCe serving Calgary’s most [...]
Reflecting on the ten year anniversary of the Alberta floods Image: Riverfront Avenue in Calgary after the 2013 flood. Photo by Ryan Quan. This June marks the ten year anniversary of the Alberta floods, which included major flooding in Calgary, High River and the surrounding communities. More than 100,000 people were impacted with many losing [...]
Listen Up Calgary In support of Distress Centre Calgary That's right folks, Listen Up Calgary presented by X92.9 is back again for 2023! We are so grateful to be selected again as the benefitting charity, and we can’t wait for the awesome bash they’ll throw to support Calgarians’ mental wellbeing. C’mon down to [...]
2022 Annual Report - Distress Centre Calgary In our society, people talk about mental health more than ever. But suicide is often kept quiet – and it’s costing lives. If you or someone in your life have thoughts about suicide, please talk about it. And know that Distress Centre [...]
Crisis Counsellor Guest Post: How does Distress Centre support mental health? Guest Post by: Michael Moosbauer (MSW, RSW), Crisis Counsellor at Distress Centre Calgary As someone who has worked at Distress Centre for many years in a variety of roles, occasionally I have heard that we do not “do” mental health, instead we [...]
Volunteer Spotlight: Aaron Aaron has always been the supportive and empathetic ear that his friends and family turn to during difficult times. It’s part of the reason why he decided to pursue education and a career in counselling. Wanting to receive front-line experience in talking to and helping others, he signed up to [...]
Darkness into Light 2023 Join us on May 6th for Darkness into Light Calgary! Darkness into Light is a 5k run/walk that begins in the dark and participants walk as the sun rises. It's an uplifting way to start your day! All funds raised at the Calgary event support Distress Centre Calgary. [...]
Spring Self-Care: Coping with spring depression It’s a generally accepted belief that seasonal depression occurs during the winter. It makes sense that cold weather and less sunlight can cause people to feel a bit down. This can especially affect those who may already struggle with mental health. What is less common to hear [...]