It is Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region’s (CMHA Calgary) mission to be a leader in reducing the impact of mental illness and addiction in community. For more than 65 years, we have provided a person and family-centred integrated service model focused on early intervention and prevention of a mental health or substance use concern that delivers a measurable increase in community resiliency.
Our long-standing belief is that recovery is possible. Our recovery model focuses on wellness by shifting the emphasis from a narrow, limiting view of a diagnosis, towards empowering individuals, building their strengths, resiliency and hope for a meaningful life. This recovery is demonstrated in the advancement of Peer Support where individuals with personal experience of a mental health or substance use concern are trained to support others through shared understanding and hope.
We believe that we have an obligation and duty to provide a platform for advocacy and leadership in the community. We have a proven ability to engage, help organize, empower and support the community in building the capacity to understand and support those living with mental health and substance use challenges.
Our Peer Support service provides the opportunity for anyone – individual, family member, or professional – to speak with someone with lived experiences of mental health or substance use concerns. By engaging with our Peer Supporters, you can make a connection with someone with lived experience, increase your sense of engagement and belonging, and move through your recovery journey to develop skills and build resiliency.
CMHA Calgary offers counselling to family members or friends living and coping with a relative or significant other who is suffering from a mental health issue, grief and loss counselling for those struggling with death and non-death grief and loss, and suicide bereavement counselling for those individual survivors, families and couples to develop an enhanced understanding of their own grief process.
CMHA Calgary’s School of Peer Support provides the opportunity to use your lived experience with mental health or addiction issues to support your community and make a difference. We provide 83 hours of training, 50 hours of unpaid practicum experience, and opportunities to connect to the Peer Supporter Community of Practice. Training is free of cost, but individuals must apply and undergo an interview process before being accepted into the program.
At Recovery College, our educational approach focuses on helping people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery journey. With more than 45 courses to choose from, there is something for everyone – anyone, youth, older adults, family, friends, and parents – so you can easily find one that is right for you. No previous experience is required and all courses are free.
CMHA Calgary offers a range of virtual or in-person mental health education programs sessions for adult community groups, workplaces, and organizations. Topics include mental health awareness, stress management and healthy coping, suicide prevention, and more.