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CMHA Calgary build awareness and provides education and support for individuals and families with a mental health or substance use concern, 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 offers a range of mental health education programs for students, community groups, workplaces and organizations. Topics include mental health awareness, stress management, suicide prevention and more.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region is now offering our popular Workplace Education sessions through online delivery.

Adapted to support the many Calgary and area employees who are now working remotely from home, our top-quality, interactive workshops have been re-designed for engaging virtual delivery, featuring the key topics of “Stress Management and Healthy Coping” and “Mental Health Awareness”.

These flexible workshops can be offered in 15 – 60 minute sessions, and are tailored to meet the unique needs of diverse schedules and work structures.

Stress Management and Healthy Coping:   

Attainment of a healthy mind and body begins with understanding how to balance the ever changing demands of life. This interactive workshop provides an overview of what the stress response is, and how it impacts our lives. Through this workshop, participants will develop an awareness of their own particular stressors, and how to cope with COVID-19 and our “new normal” in healthy ways.

Mental Health Awareness:

Mental health is about achieving personal balance, and finding this balance can be an ongoing learning process, especially during a pandemic. This workshop breaks down common misconceptions surrounding mental health, mental illness, and stigma, while providing a preventative approach in adapting to COVID-19 and social isolation.Sessions are delivered on CMHA Calgary’s Online Learning Platform.

For further information on the topics offered, technology requirements, or to book a session please contact us at education@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

While this school year (2020 – 2021) may look different, Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region recognizes that school-based mental health supports are more important than ever. As such, we are excited to invite your school to schedule YouthSMART learning opportunities for your students.

CMHA Calgary’s YouthSMART Initiative (Youth Supporting Mental Health and Resiliency Together) integrates mental health learning opportunities in local junior and senior high schools. Operating for over a decade, and reaching close to 25,000 students each year, YouthSMART provides mental health education, proven to generate an awareness of mental health topics, combat stigma, and encourage appropriate help seeking behaviours amongst Calgary and area youth.

Although we are unable to host our annual Youth Summit this year, YouthSMART is now offering our popular menu of mental health learning sessions and engagement opportunities for all junior and senior high classes to select from. All sessions are age-appropriate, interactive, and flexible between virtual delivery and in-person facilitation. *In-person speakers will maintain all current Alberta Health orders.  

  • Stress Management and Healthy Coping – Understanding stress is foundational in maintaining personal health and wellness. This interactive learning session provides an overview of what the stress response is, and how it affects the body and mind. Students will develop an awareness of their own particular stressors, and how to cope with stress in healthy ways. (45-90 minute workshop, delivered to individual classes)
  • Mental Health Awareness – This learning session breaks down common misconceptions surrounding mental health and mental illnesses and promotes a preventative approach to wellness. Students gain a comprehensive introduction to stigma, the common warning signs for mental health concerns, and the resources available for help. (45-90 minute workshop, delivered to individual classes)
  • Skills for Being There – There is no perfect formula for helping someone, but you can strengthen your supportive skills. This learning session outlines how students might recognize if someone is in distress, while improving their listening, communication, and helping abilities. (45-90 minute workshop, delivered to individual classes)
  • Suicide Prevention – This learning session provides a compassionate and informative discussion around preventing suicide, as it seeks to dispel myths, outline warning signs, and connect youth to professional resources. (45-90 minute workshop, delivered to individual classes)
  • Community Helpers – Offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services, the Community Helpers training follows a peer support model, and understands that every school-community has natural helpers willing to support their peers in times of need. Through this training youth are able to build mental health equity in their school or community by understanding common mental health language, identifying levels of concern, connecting to resources, and utilizing appropriate self-care techniques. (Typically 8 hours of training, delivered to individual classes or nominated students, inside or outside of class time)
  • SMART Schools Challenge – A small group of school identified mental health ambassadors or “SMART Leaders” work together, with teacher support to plan awareness activities or campaigns unique to their own schools. SMART Leaders are provided with toolkits, as well as personalized support from qualified CMHA staff to help them create fun, engaging campaigns to bring the mental health and anti-stigma message to their peers. (Ongoing throughout the year, participating schools work at their own pace)

YouthSMART learning opportunities are available, free of cost to all junior and senior high school classes for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools may book multiple sessions for classes throughout the year, however, capacity is limited, and bookings are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact us by e-mail at education@cmha.calgary.ab.ca if you have any questions, or to schedule opportunities for your classroom. YouthSMART looks forward to working in your school (or virtually) this year!

To download our latest YouthSMART Initiative toolkit, click here. This is available for download for anyone worldwide.

CMHA Calgary’s Discovery College offers a variety of courses to help young people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support their wellness and/or recovery journey. Discovery College is a youth adaptation of CMHA Calgary’s popular Recovery College, which features a variety of courses for individuals, youth, and families. Discovery College courses are co-developed and co-delivered in partnership with our peer supporters, who are experts by experience. Courses can be delivered to schools and community, or are available at various community locations. (Courses typically consist of between 1-4 and weekly sessions, offered in 2 hour learning blocks.)

For more information, or to book Discovery College Courses, please contact info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region is now offering our popular Workplace Education sessions through online delivery.

Adapted to support the many Calgary and area employees who are now working remotely from home, our top-quality, interactive workshops have been re-designed for engaging virtual delivery, featuring the key topics of “Stress Management and Healthy Coping” and “Mental Health Awareness”.

These flexible workshops can be offered in 15 – 60 minute sessions, and are tailored to meet the unique needs of diverse schedules and work structures.

Stress Management and Healthy Coping:   

Attainment of a healthy mind and body begins with understanding how to balance the ever changing demands of life. This interactive workshop provides an overview of what the stress response is, and how it impacts our lives. Through this workshop, participants will develop an awareness of their own particular stressors, and how to cope with COVID-19 and our “new normal” in healthy ways.

Mental Health Awareness:

Mental health is about achieving personal balance, and finding this balance can be an ongoing learning process, especially during a pandemic. This workshop breaks down common misconceptions surrounding mental health, mental illness, and stigma, while providing a preventative approach in adapting to COVID-19 and social isolation. Sessions are delivered on CMHA Calgary’s Online Learning Platform.

For further information on the topics offered, technology requirements, or to book a session please contact us at education@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

The Community Helpers training follows a peer support model and contributes to positive mental health within schools, community groups, corporations and agencies. The training frames its peer model with the understanding that every school or community has natural helpers willing to support friends in times of need. Offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services, the training uses a variety of engagement styles such as art, group work, digital videos, mini-lectures and role-play. At the end of training students are able to build mental health equity in their school or community by understanding common mental health language, identifying levels of concern, resolving conflict through the Helping Skill, connecting to helping resources and professionals, and the practice of appropriate self-care techniques. (3-10 hours of training, depending on modules selected.)

For more information, or to book the Community Helpers program, please contact community.helpers@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

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.