Independent Living Support

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The Independent Living Support program (ILS) supports clients 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 illness; and coaching the development of strong coping skills to manage their mental health illness and their recovery.

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Services are offered at various mental health clinics and throughout the community. ILS services include:

  • Assistance in finding suitable accommodations and furnishings;
  • Building of daily living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and shopping;
  • Establishment of support networks such as friends, family, support groups, etc.;
  • Assistance in the development of household and daily routines;
  • Connection with various community resources;
  • Referral to skill-building groups and workshops;
  • Social and recreational opportunities.

Intake Services
To become a client of the ILS program individuals must have a mental health diagnosis, ideally have clinical support and/or psychiatric/medical care in place, show a demonstrated need for ILS services to live independently, and possess a willingness to work on personal recovery goals.

Referrals
A referral can be received from any professional or can be a self-referral. The client must consent to the referral in all cases.

Community Referral: Click here for the Community ILS referral package.
Clinic Referral: Click here for the Mental Health Clinic ILS referral package.
(Note: The Clinic Referral form is ONLY to be used by the following Mental Health Clinics: Carnet Centre, Sunridge Clinic, NW Clinic, Foothills Hospital Unit 24, East Family Care Clinic or Reality Challenged clinics)

Money Matters Financial Education
Money Matters is an informative 7-week program in partnership with Momentum and CMHA that will provide you with tools to better manage and understand your finances. For more information or to register for Money Matters, download and print the registration form, and email it to moneymatters@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

Upcoming Sessions: 

Dates: Tuesday, starting April 11, 2017 – May 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Kahanoff Centre, Suite 400, 105 – 12 Avenue SE 

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Future Sessions:
Tuesdays, August 22 – October 3, 2017
Tuesdays, November 7 – December 19, 2017

This free 8-week workshop is designed to help participants learn new skills and understand more about issues that impact their mental health. Skills For Life Topics include:

  • Self Awareness & Mindfulness
  • Enhancing Self-Esteem
  • Effective Communications
  • Relationships
  • Personal Boundaries & Self Advocacy
  • Problem Solving
  • Stress Management

Upcoming Sessions:

Dates: Tuesdays, starting April 18 – June 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Bob Ward Residence (5010 – 50th Street SW, Resource Room 3rd Floor)

Future Sessions:
Tuesdays, July 11 – August 29, 2017
Tuesdays, September 26 – November 21, 2017

Skills for Life Referral Form 

For more information, please email skills4life@cmha.calgary.ab.ca or phone 403-297-1738. To register for Skills for Life, you must download and print the registration form and fax to 403-270-3066 mail or drop it off to #400, 105 – 12th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A1, Attn. Sorina Van Noord.

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For more information about Independent Living Support programs, call (403) 297-1700.

Reach out for help

Contact the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region for more information at (403) 297-1700 or email: info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.