CMHA – Calgary Region builds awareness and provides education and support for individuals and families living with mental illness, addiction, or a loss by suicide. We work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.
CMHA – Calgary Region supports individuals with a mental health and/or addiction concern through our Workshops & Class, Drop-in Groups and One-on-One Supports to live independently in the community by providing: emotional support and encouragement; life skills coaching in areas such as budgeting, nutrition, self-care and wellness; referrals for professional, community, and social supports and resources; education and awareness around mental health; and the development of strong coping skills to manage their recovery and mental wellness.
Our Peer Support service provides the opportunity for anyone – individual, family member or professional – looking for a connection with others, who is new to the mental health and/or addiction community, or looking for information about a mental health diagnosis, the chance to speak with someone with lived experience. Peer support program services can be accessed over the phone at 403-297-1402, face-to-face at the CMHA Welcome Centre (#105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW) or through email at email@example.com. There is always a peer available to connect individually from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, and Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (excluding holidays).
Please note: CMHA – Calgary does not provide intervention for individuals contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the Distress Centre’s 24-hr Crisis Line at (403) 266-HELP or visit their website. If you or a person you know is at immediate risk of harming self or others, please call 9-1-1.
- Recovery College
We believe that everyone can learn something to support themselves or someone else’s progress on their recovery journey.
We want to give everyone the opportunity to learn together, share experiences and knowledge and most importantly, participate. Not as a patient, client, caregiver or member of staff, but simply a student – no previous education required! Through everyone learning together with only one shared label of ‘student’, we believe that we can begin to break down the barriers and stigma that exist, and support you whatever your background, to benefit from the richness of experience.
At Recovery College we use an educational-based approach to help people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to become experts in their own self-care, make informed choices and do the things that they want to do in life.
All of our courses are developed and delivered in partnership with our peer support workers who are experts by experience: they all have their own lived experience of mental health or addiction, or are supporting someone else with a mental health or addiction challenge.
At the Recovery College we place emphasis on people’s talents and strengths. We will inspire optimism, encourage students to consider their future opportunities, and move towards a culture of personal empowerment and feelings of hope.
Our registration process is quick and simple, take a look at the diagram below to see the process. Take a look at our course prospectus or our course calendar, we hope this will give you the information you need to help you make decisions about registering as a student, and any courses you might want to sign up for.
- Leisure and Recreation
The Leisure Recreation program is available to clients already enrolled in other CMHA Calgary programs (including Recovery College). The program focuses on enhancing self-esteem, building confidence and promoting recovery in a safe, empowering environment through participation in social and recreational activities. The program offers opportunities for socialization, building a community network, physical and mental health enhancements, increased recreational skills for community transition, and guided activity based discovery through peer led activities in the community.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 403-297-1700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Peer Support & Navigation
“Peer support is ‘the process by which like-minded individuals with similar experiences – who have traveled or are travelling the road – encourage and assist each other to continue the recovery journey.’” – Canadian Coalition of Alternative Mental Health Resources
Our Peer Support service provides the opportunity for anyone – individual, family member or professional – looking for a connection with others, who is new to the mental health and/or addiction community, or looking for information about a mental health diagnosis, the chance to speak with someone with lived experience. Our peers provide: a warm welcome; understanding; knowledge of the mental health and/or addiction community; connection to mental health and/or addiction services; a bridge to services in the community; emotional and social support to others who share a common experience. Individuals make a connection with someone with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction, to increase engagement with community, move through the recovery journey to develop skills and build resilience to stay well in community.
When an individual reaches out to CMHA, the first person they speak with will be someone who may have travelled a similar journey who can assist and provide information on options, opportunities and supports available. They have had over 120 hours of training on relationships, recovery and peer support and a lifetime of experience. CMHA’s peer workers are able to connect with individuals that are often left feeling disconnected by the health system as they share a common experience and understanding with those they speak with.
Peer support program services can be accessed over the phone at 403-297-1402, face-to-face at the CMHA Welcome Centre (#105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SE) or through email at email@example.com. There is always a peer available to connect individually from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, and Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (excluding holidays).
Please note: CMHA – Calgary does not provide crisis services. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Distress Centre’s 24-hr Crisis Line at (403) 266-HELP or visit their website. If you or a person you know is at risk of harm, please call 9-1-1.
- Independent Living Support Program
We are excited to announce a change in our Independent Living Support (ILS) Program in an effort to reduce wait times currently associated with accessing the Program. Right now most of the clients interested in our program are experiencing a wait exceeding one year. This is primarily due to demand and the complexity of the environment that our clients face. We are committed to providing the best experience possible to all of our clients, both those engaged in services and those on waitlists. The current ILS program offered to the general public is ending. The ILS program will now only be offered though AHS Mental Health Clinics.
In this transition period we promise that no person will be left behind!
We want to let you know that there are programs you can access now which include our Recovery College, our Drop-in groups, Leisure Recreation, and our Welcome Centre (in which you can connect with via phone, e-mail or in person).
In the meantime, our Peer Support Workers will be reaching out to you via phone to ensure that your experience in this transition goes as smooth as possible. Peer support program services can be accessed over the phone at 403-297-1402, face-to-face at the CMHA Welcome Centre (#105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SE) or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is always a peer available to connect individually from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, and Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (excluding holidays).
Please reach out to us! We want to hear from you!
If you are in a critical or crisis situation please reach out to the Distress Centre, 403-266-4357; the Mobile Response Team (accessed through the Distress Centre Number) or the nearest hospital, or dial #211.
We are looking forward to connecting with you soon. If you’re a family member or caregiver reading this letter, please feel free to reach out to our Family Support Program, here at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA-Calgary Region) 403-297-1700 or email email@example.com.
- Street Outreach & Stabilization Program
Up to 70% of homeless individuals have a mental health and/or addiction issue. The Street Outreach & Stabilization (SOS) program helps to address the needs of these hard to reach individuals by connecting and working with them. SOS is often the helping hand that is needed for these individuals to regain control of their lives and their illness. Individuals who are homeless form connections in the community and to appropriate services and/or housing. Individuals work on skills to build their self-esteem and resilience to support feelings of hope. Program recipients can transition to other CMHA services, and in time, move towards independence.
The program offers: awareness and access to community resources; transportation training; linkages to essential community services; leisure and recreational opportunities; teaching of daily living skills; referrals to housing resources; help finding legal assistance; as well as Indigenous SOS services. Intake to the SOS program usually occurs in shelter facilities or other community-based partner agencies.
The SOS program links clients with psychiatric and medical treatment to help with their mental illness, financial resources to help them get back on their feet and housing so they can live in safety and comfort. Once a client is referred, a SOS coordinator discuss their requirements, strengths and preferences to develop an individualized service plan. The service plan identifies areas of need, as well as outlines the services and activities necessary for the client to meet identified goals and improve their journey to recovery.
Intake to the SOS program usually occurs in shelter facilities or other community-based partner agencies. A referral can be received from any professional or can be a self-referral. The client must consent to the referral in all cases. An SOS coordinator will meet with a potential client and will assess their needs. If the client is not ready for direct service, the coordinator will continue to build a rapport with the client through the outreach component until a stronger relationship is developed. Once an intake and assessment is complete, and the client is willing to be part of the program, a service plan will be created.
Referrals can be received from any professional or can be a self-referral. The client must consent to the referral in all cases.
For more information, please call 403-297-1700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.