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Family and friends often have a difficult time coping with a mentally ill relative or friend and wonder how best to help. The Family Support program provides caring support and specific information and resources to aid individuals in maximizing their ability to assist those affected by mental illness while staying balanced in the process.

Supported in part by FCSS (Family and Community Support Services). For more information or to register for services or groups call 403-297-1708 or e-mail

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The Capable Carers group is a place where family members can get support when their loved one is impacted by mental illness. Capable Carers offers a safe nonjudgmental environment that uses a psychoeducational and practical approach. This 10-week closed group will explore some topics such as self-care, boundaries, communication, grief and loss, crisis recovery, etc. It is a place where you can openly discuss and share your experiences, empathetically connect with others, and create a sense of hope.

*Eligibility for the group will be determined in collaboration with a counsellor. Registration and fees do apply.

Upcoming Sessions:

Dates: This group will run for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning April 12, 2017 until June 21, 2017
Times: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: South Health Campus, 4448 Front Street SE, T3M 1M4

Dates: This group will run for 10 consecutive Thursdays, beginning April 20, 2107 until June 29, 2017
Times: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Kahanoff Centre, Suite 400, 105 – 12 Avenue SE, T2G 1A1

To register for the next session or for more information, please call 403-297-1410 or email

*Please note: this group has an ongoing wait list. Individuals who are placed on the wait list will be registered for the next available group in the order their names were added to the list.

The Family Support program offers counselling to family members or friends living and coping with a relative or significant other who is suffering from a mental health issue. Fees for counselling are based on a sliding scale. No one is refused services due to financial reasons.

For more information or to register for services or groups call 403-297-1708 or email

The Family Support Drop-in is a CMHA counsellor facilitated group where family members of those impacted by mental illness can receive support. The group offers a safe, non-judgmental space to openly discuss and share stories, while connecting and networking with others who can relate. It is place to share experiences, empathetically connect with others and create a sense of hope.

CMHA – Calgary Region has partnered with South Health Campus to facilitate Family Support Drop-in groups every second Tuesday of the month from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. No registration is required, however, please plan to arrive for 5:45 p.m. to fill out paperwork. This group is for adults only.

Upcoming Sessions:

March 7, 2017
March 21, 2017
April 4, 2017
April 18, 2017
May 2, 2017
May 16, 2017
May 30, 2017

Location: Wellness Centre, South Health Campus, 4448 Front Street SE, T3M 1M4

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Reach out for help

Contact the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region for more information at (403) 297-1700 or email: