Distress Centres of Greater Toronto

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Description & Services
Alternate Name Formerly Telecare Distress Centre and Distress Centre Peel - merged December 2012 ; Spectra Community Support Services
Description Provides free telephone support in 8 languages, for the diverse population of the Region of Peel through the following programs and services: 
•Helpline (English) - 24/7 Multilingual Helplines - Mon-Fri,10am-10pm 
•Peel Elder Abuse Support Line - 24/7 
•Telecheck for Seniors Program (55+) -outbound support service 
•Touching Base (16+) - outbound support service 
Services provided via TTY and Online Text and Chat  
Volunteer opportunities available: 
•call: 289-569-1200"  
•email: volunteering@spectrahelpline.org  
•visit website: www.spectrahelpline.org/index.php/volunteers 
1) 24/7 Helpline (English):  
Provides confidential intervention, and emotional support for anyone who is:•in crisis or suicidal 
•stressed, anxious, sad or depressed 
•isolated and lonely 
•overwhelmed or having difficulty coping with life 
English Helpline is open daily 24 hours  
Helpline Brampton and Mississauga: 905-459-7777 
Helpline Caledon: 1-877-298-5444 
TTY: 905-278-4890 
2) Multilingual Help Lines: 
Program offers phone support from Mon-Fri between 10am to 10pm for people who need: 
•crisis support 
•suicide intervention support 
•depression, anxiety or stress 
•job loss 
•isolation and loneliness 
•loss and grief 
•relationship issues 
•acceptance and support 
Outbound check-in calls in 8 languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu 
Services provided via TTY, and Online Text and Chat  
3) Peel Elder Abuse Support Program:  
This Program provides telephone support and information 24/7 to seniors or anyone in the community experiencing elder abuse, or for anyone who knows someone who is being mistreated. When deemed appropriate, and with client consent, Spectra will connect clients to a Family Services of Peel outreach worker. 
Together Spectra Helpline and Family Services of Peel are working to promote awareness, discontinue elder abuse, and to keep people safe  
4) TeleCheck Seniors Program: English: 289-569-1201 * Cantonese or Mandarin: 289-569-1203 * Portuguese or Spanish: 289-569-1202 * Hindi, Punjabi or Urdu: 289-569-1204  
Provide, ongoing telephone support for isolated seniors. Regular calls provide: 
•medication reminders 
•safety check-ins 
•social calls 
The agency also focus on offering clients a chance to be heard by providing emotional support, companionship and a sense of community 
5) Touching Base Program (16+): 289-569-1201-English * 289-569-1203-Cantonese or Mandarin * 289-569-1202-Portuguese or Spanish * 289-569-1204-Hindi, Punjabi or Urdu  
This is a transitional support program for individuals 16+ with mental health issues  
This program is available for 3-6 months during client crisis or transition, (e.g. hospital to home, between services, etc)  
Program provides: 
•medication reminders 
•safety checks 
•emotional support 
Program worker and clients work together to reduce feelings of isolation, provide positive coping skills, encourage recovery, and keep people safe
Hours Business Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 
Helplines (English): Daily 24 hours 
Multilingual Helplines: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm 
Peel Elder Abuse Support Program: Daily 24 hours 
TeleCheck Seniors program: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 
Touching Base Program (16+): Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 
Chat on Line or Text: daily 2pm-2am
Areas Served Etobicoke North ; Peel Region ; TeleCheck and Touching Base program: catchment area of the Central West LHIN, and Mississauga
Eligibility 55+ for telecheck seniors program * 16 and older for touching base program
Application Registration is required for: 
TeleCheck Seniors Program 
Touching Base Program (16+) 
For more information and/or to register call 289-569-1302
Fees None
Languages English ; Chinese (Cantonese) ; Chinese (Mandarin) ; Hindi ; Portuguese ; Punjabi ; Spanish ; Urdu
Contact Information
Address & Map 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 402 (2nd floor)
Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3
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Site Location Longo's Mall; 2nd floor - office doors are located 4 store-fronts to the right of the Scotiabank
Intersection Hurontario St and Ray Lawson Blvd
Accessibility Fully Accessible
Office Phone 289-569-1200
Fax 1-888-658-8577
Crisis Phone Spectra Helpline: 
905-459-7777 Mississauga/Brampton  
1-877-298-5444 Caledon 
CSPS: 456-45
TTY Phone 905-278-4890
Toll Free Phone 1-877-298-5444
E-Mail info@spectrahelpline.ca
Website www.spectrahelpline.org
Volunteer Coordinator Daman Sohal, Volunteer Resources Coordinator; Phone: 289-569-1200; Email: damanjots@spectrasupport.org
Other Details
Print Material brochures and posters available
Established Distress Centre Peel (1973) and Telecare Brampton (1975), merged in 2012.
Funding Regional / Municipal - Region of Peel ; Provincial - CW LHIN ; Fundraising ; United Way - Region of Peel ; Foundation - Ontario Trillium Foundation
Service Level (50) Non Profit
Subjects Adults ; Crisis intervention ; Distress lines ; Family support ; Information and referral ; Mental health ; Safety ; Seniors ; Suicide prevention ; Telephone support ; Volunteer opportunities ; Young adults

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