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Crisis Help and Support Lines

​Are you or your family going through a tough time? Since 1991, the DDSB has offered the Rainbows program. This program offers peer support to elementary and secondary students who are experiencing a loss through death, divorce or any other painful transition in their family.

At the secondary school level, the program is called Spectrum. Students meet once a week in small groups with a trained facilitator. Using journals, games and stories, the students discuss issues dealing with their loss. The key to the program is confidentiality. Each student and the facilitator sign a confidentiality contract. 

Other sources of help include:

Ambulance, Fire, Police
dial:  911​ ​
Non-Urgent Ambulance
905-725-6382​ ​
Children’s Aid Society
Children (birth to 16), abused or
fearing for their safety.
1-800-461-8140
Colborne Community Service
4-bed crisis unit for adults with
mental illness.
1-800-742-1890
(905) 666-0483
Crisis Intervention Team
Assessment, consultation,
counselling and referral.
(905) 576-8711
Distress Centre Durham
24 hour help line for health,
sexual violence, suicide,
homophobic bullying and more.
 
1-800-452-0688
(905) 430-2522
Durham Region Mobile
Crisis Service
24 hour Service for those over 16 in
 a serious crisis or mentally ill.
 
1-800-742-1890
(905) 430-2522
Drug & Alcohol Info Line
Centre for addiction and mental health.
1-800-463-6273
Kid’s Help Line
24 hour help line.
1-800-668-6868
Lifeline
24 hour response system.
1-800-707-2206
(905) 668-6831
ext. 2273
Niijkiwendidan Anishnaabe
Kwegag Circle
Abuse counselling for native women.
1-800-663-2696
Poison Information Centre 1-800-268-9017
Rape Crisis Centre
Durham Rape Crisis Centre
(905) 668-9200
Sexual Assault Care Centre
Emergency medical service for those over 12 years of age.
Monday to Friday,
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(905) 668-3050
S.O.S. Femmes
Ligne de destresse et info. 
1-800-387-8603
Youthline 1-800-268-9688
youthline.ca