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Distress Centres – Survivors Support Program

Group Name: Distress Centres – Survivors Support Program

Description: Since 1967, as an initially modest outreach of a concerned group of community leaders, the Distress Centres has provided 24-hour telephone support, 365 days a year. Hundreds of thousands of calls later, this agency continues to offer round the clock response to those experiencing emotional distress or in need of crisis intervention and suicide prevention. We also provide face to face support and counseling to people dealing with the effects of suicide and homicide.

Any interested survivor should contact our program directly. An initial information-sharing session will be arranged at the earliest possible convenience. Following this interview, individuals or families are introduced to a team of two volunteer responders. One of the team members will be someone who has also experienced a death by suicide/homicide.

There are eight weekly sessions, held at one of several locations in Toronto. Each of these one- to two-hour meetings focuses on a topic specific to bereavement by suicide/homicide, with ample time provided to participants for discussion of their current situation. Once the individualized sessions are completed, survivors are invited to a series of group meetings. These provide participants with the opportunity to share and compare their own unique stories and reactions with those of other survivors. ** Participation in the program is free.

Where: Box 243, Adelaide P.O. | Toronto, ON M5C 2J4

Contact: 416-595-1716 | |

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