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Mental Health for All.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region is part of Canada’s most established national mental health organizations, the Canadian Mental Health Association. CMHA facilitates access to resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness and addiction.

CMHA – Calgary Region builds awareness and provides education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with mental illness, addiction, or a loss by suicide. We provide community-based support programs, including supportive and independent living, homeless outreach, aboriginal outreach, suicide bereavement support and peer support programs for families and individuals. We work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.

One in five people experience a mental disorder each year and most of us know someone who has faced a mental health challenge or concern. CMHA – Calgary Region strives to improve public understanding of mental health issues at home, in the community and in the workplace through community education, advocacy and mental health awareness initiatives.

Reaching 32,000 people directly each year, CMHA – Calgary Region is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. Established in 1955, we are an independent branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (est. 1918), one of Canada’s oldest national voluntary organizations.

Our Vision
Mentally healthy people in a healthy society.

Our Mission
A leader in reducing the impact of mental disorders and addiction in promoting mental health, wellness and recovery through community-based services.

Our Values
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Recovery: We will use recovery-oriented practices in our work with clients.
Empowerment: We will empower our clients to be healthy and independent.
Self-Awareness: We will take the time to assess how we individually contribute to quality client care and a psychologically safe workplace.
Partnership: We will look to grow our programs and services using a partnership model.
Excellence: We will look at new work practices and models of care that support creating a culture of excellence in client services.
Client Focused: In every decision or action we will ask how this effort will serve our clients.
Teamwork: We will further develop and support healthy teams that contribute to a healthy organizational culture.

Annual Reports
See our annual Report to the Community

Our History

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is one of Canada’s oldest national voluntary organizations. Founded in 1918 by Dr. Clare Hincks, the organization’s goals at the time included fighting mental illness and promoting mental health.

CMHA is the only national voluntary organization that addresses the needs of those with a mental illness, the prevention of mental illness, and the promotion of mental health. Today the Association operates in all the provinces and two territories, and includes over 135 local branches and regions.

Over 25,000 members and volunteers support the activities and programs of the Association throughout Canada. These activities range from direct services to individuals with a mental illness and their families, through to public education, community action, and advocacy.

The CMHA was established in Calgary in 1955 and is dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness through a comprehensive range of community-based services for individuals, families, groups and organizations.

Our People

Officers

President: Ross Manning
Past President: Jim Merchant
Vice President: Simon Vincent
Treasurer: Diane Yuill
Provincial Board Representative: Cindy Radu

Board Members

Cindy Radu

Craig McDougall
Deborah Saari
Dennis Niebergal
Diane MacIntyre
Diane Yuill
Dr. Michael Trew
Jim Merchant
Jennifer Fuhr
Joshua Fraese
Paul Kelly
Rick Wise
Ross Manning
Simon Vincent
Stacey Meyer
Ted Bobier

Executive Director: Laureen MacNeil

Director, Client Services: Kathy Talon

Director, Client Services: Cindy Negrello

Senior Leader, Finance: Dave Adams

Leader, Communications & Community Engagement: Joy Pavelich

Call (403) 297-1700 or email info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca to contact any of these individuals.

Contact Us

Main Office:
Suite 400, 105 – 12 Ave. SE (Kahanoff Centre)
Calgary, AB T2G 1A1
Canada
Tel: 403.297.1700
Fax: 403.270.3066
Email: info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NOTE: The Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region does not provide crisis services. If you are in immediate need of assistance please call 211 or the Distress Centre’s 24 hour Crisis Line at 403 266 HELP (4357).

FAQ

Q: Is CMHA a government organization?
A: No. CMHA is a national non-profit organization with national, provincial and local offices.

Q: How is CMHA – Calgary Region affiliated with CMHA National?
A: CMHA – Calgary Region shares a common vision to deliver community mental health services and promote awareness and advocacy about mental health issues; however, independent regions and branches such as Calgary’s are largely autonomous. The independence of each local office allows us to provide programs and services that best suit the needs of our communities.

Q: Are there CMHA offices in other Canadian cities?
A: Yes. There are more than 135 offices. Find a complete listing of these here.

Q: What is the difference between the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)?
A: CMHA is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization that has been operating in Canada since 1918 and in Calgary since 1955. CMHA is dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness through a comprehensive range of community-based services for individuals, families, groups and organizations.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a commission created by the Federal Government in 2007 to promote mental health in Canada and work with stakeholders to change attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support.

Q: Does CMHA provide psychiatric assessment services?
A: No. CMHA provides community-based support services, not medical care. We can, however give referrals to other organizations where you can get help. Please see our services for a complete list of our programs and services.

Q: Does CMHA advocate for a person living with a mental disorder?
A: Yes. Our advocate can help with a large number of concerns, including minor legal problems, such as landlord-tenant difficulties or helping with AISH application forms.

Our Funders

CMHA – Calgary Region receives financial support from the following organizations:

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*We’re part of the Calgary Foundation’s Community Knowledge Centre. We’re proud to be a part of this
ground-breaking initiative that seeks to build community by showcasing Calgary’s diverse and amazing charitable sector.