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November Update: Distress Centre’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

November Update: Distress Centre’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

November Update: Distress Centre’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Distress Centre continues to support Calgarians by providing 24 hour crisis and 211 phone support, daily chat and ConnecTeen text support. Counselling sessions are being conducted by phone and video. With new cases and restrictions increasing, you may find your stress level are increasing as well. If you need help, please reach out.

Up-to-date information is critical during rapidly changing times like these. If you are a community partner in the Calgary area and are modifying your services during the pandemic, please email communityresourcedatabase@distresscentre.com to have your information updated in the 211 database. We ask that you please encourage anyone needing information on resources to visit www.ab.211.ca or to call or text INFO to 2-1-1.

We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about needs and unmet needs across the province to visit the 211 Alberta COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Contact Numbers/Stats – January 26-October 31, 2020:

  • The volume of high-risk contacts has increased.
  • We experienced a concerning 66% increase in suicide-related contacts in October 2020 compared to October 2019, and a 33% increase from January 26-October 31 compared to the same time period last year.
  • In October 2020, suicide was the fourth top issue on crisis contacts.
  • In October, we also saw a significant increase in emergency interventions (or “reportable disclosures”) – a 64% increase compared to 2019.
    • The majority of these calls were made for persons at imminent risk of suicide, and secondly due to child welfare concerns (please see page 10 of Distress Centre’s monthly Crisis Report).
      COVID-19 remains a top issue on Distress Centre’s 211 contacts.
  • In October, 14% of 211 contacts and 10% of crisis contacts were related to COVID-19.
  • Our contact volumes have increased as well. The increase is mainly being seen in 211 – we have experienced a 73% increase in 211 contacts from January 26- October 31 compared to the same time period last year and a 40% increase compared to October last year.
    In October, COVID-19 was the 10th top issue on crisis contacts.
  • The top issues on COVID-19 related crisis contacts were Anxiety, Isolation/Loneliness and Depressed Mood. The top issues on all crisis contacts were Anxiety, Depressed Mood and Family Relationships.
  • In October, the top needs on COVID-19 related 211 contacts were Information Sources, Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, Distress Centre Calgary would like to honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.