Drop-in & Therapy Groups

Family and friends often have a difficult time coping and wonder how best to help a relative or friend with a mental health or substance use concern. Through our Counselling Drop-in and Therapy Groups, we offer support and resources to aid family members in maximizing in their ability to assist their loved ones, individuals struggling with a death and non-death grief and loss, and a loss by suicide, all while staying balanced in the process.
Drop In therapy groups

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Suicide Bereavement Drop-in

Our Suicide Bereavement Drop-in group, facilitated by a CMHA Calgary counsellor, supports individuals through their loss in a safe and confidential environment, where they can create connections with others to develop a network of support.

This group is held bi-weekly alternating on Tuesdays (5:30 – 7:30 pm) and Thursdays (6:30 – 8:30 pm). Participation is free and currently taking place online over Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please register here.

Managing Job Loss Group

Managing Job Loss is a 4-week therapeutic group designed to support individuals who have lost a job. The focus of the group is to help individuals cope with the psychological impact of losing a job. Topics include grief and loss, self-assessment, self-care, and managing anxiety. The group will not focus on searching for a job, but resources for finding employment will be discussed. This group has been designed for anyone who has lost a job and is looking for support moving forward after their loss.

Groups take place once a week over a 4-week period, several times per year and are for individuals 18 years and older who have lost a loved one to suicide. Counselling fees are affordably based on a sliding scale according to income starting at $20 per session. Fees are negotiated during the intake process. Registration and previous one-on-one sessions with one of our counsellors are required.

Life After Loss Therapy Group 

The Life after Loss group, facilitated by experienced CMHA Calgary counsellors, provides individuals with the opportunity to explore their grief on a new level in a safe and supportive environment. Individuals will receive knowledge about the grief process, with a focus on suicide bereavement, in an environment they can create connections with others to develop a network of support.

Groups take place once a week over an 8-week period, several times per year and are for individuals 18 years and older. Counselling fees are affordably based on a sliding scale according to income starting at $20 per session. Fees are negotiated during the intake process. Registration and previous one-on-one sessions with one of our counsellors are required.

Capable Caregivers Therapy Group

Capable Caregivers, led by a CMHA Calgary counsellor, offers a safe nonjudgmental environment that uses a psycho-educational and practical approach for those family members to learn coping skills and the capacity to support others while understanding the tools to help decrease burnout for themselves. This group discusses self-care, boundaries, communication, grief and loss, crisis recovery, etc. Participants can openly discuss and share experiences, empathetically connect with others, and create a sense of hope. The group environment provides an opportunity for connection to others, decreased feelings of isolation, and increased feelings of hope.

Groups take place once a week over a 6-week period, several times per year. Counselling fees are affordably based on a sliding scale according to income starting at $20 per session. Fees are negotiated during the intake process. Registration and previous one-on-one sessions with one of our counsellors are required.

For more information on upcoming groups, email counsellingintake@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.