Peer Options Program

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The Peer Options program provides individuals a safe place to share with peers with lived experience who are now focused on wellness and recovery. Together participants learn the value and skills of building healthy friendships, as well as strive to develop peer support networks and transition to the community.

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Clients begin with the nine-week Art of Friendship skills group and transition into the Circle of Friends peer support group. Coordinators work with clients to set personal recovery goals including transition to the Circle of Friends and future transition to their community. Many graduates of the program give back to the program through peer leadership offering inspiration, understanding, mentorship and hope.This is an interactive, psycho-educational learning workshop that helps build self-awareness and interpersonal skills through topics such as human behaviour, responsibility & commitment, values, boundaries & trust, as well as dealing with conflict.

Upcoming Groups
Self-referrals are accepted, but it should be noted that this program does not provide individual client services. People requiring such should continue to see a qualified mental health specialist. The Peer Options Program is currently taking referrals for the Spring Session of The Art of Friendship. 


Spring sessions to begin on the following dates:

Monday, April 10, 2017 (11am – 1pm)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (11am – 1 pm)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (11am – 1pm)

Location: Unit #103 – 723  14th Street NW

Click here to download the Peer Options Referral Form.

For further information or to register call Simrat Sandhawalia, Program Coordinator, at (403) 297-1420 or email

Meet new friends. Learn new skills. Make new community connections. Build self-confidence. Reduce loneliness and laugh more. Topics will include tolerance, healthy boundaries, values, trust, responsibility and commitment.

Upcoming Sessions:

Dates: Mondays, beginning May 1 – June 26, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Village Square Leisure Centre Community Room (Across from pool viewing area), 2623 56 Street NE  
Free, snacks provided
*This group is for residents of Northeast Calgary*

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Dates: Tuesdays, beginning May 9 – July 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Room 1
Free, snacks provided

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For further information or to register call 403-297-0081.

For all Art of Friendship Graduates! Join the Community Circle of Friends and explore friendship, play games, chat over coffee and snacks! Relax, have fun and spend an afternoon with friends.

*If you are not yet a graduate of our Art of Friendship training, but would like to check out the Community Circle of Friends, please stop by. We like new faces!

Upcoming Sessions:

Dates: Thursdays
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location:  Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Room 2

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For further information call 403-297-0081.

NEW! Drop-in Group

Learn about CMHA and the Road to Recovery. This Drop-in Group will provide insight on the services provided at CMHA – Calgary and an introduction about our recovery model. Fun activities and food included. This group is open to anyone connected or new to CMHA – Calgary. No registration required, just drop-in. We can’t wait to meet you!

Upcoming Sessions:

Dates: Every Wednesday, starting February 1
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Kahanoff Centre, 105 12 Avenue SE (4th Floor)

Reach out for help

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