Programs and Services
- Youth Mental Health Support Worker
- Caregiver Connections - Drop In Support Group
- Hope and Healing
- Regional Suicide Prevention Program
- Mental Health Education Program
- Community Helpers Program
- Financial Administration Program
- Systems Navigation Program
- Whispers of Wellness (WOW) Peer Support Group
- Permanent Supportive Housing
The Canadian Mental Health Association offers a variety of different programs and services.
Youth Mental Health Support Worker
This program works to identify the mental health needs of youth. Through support groups, informal gathering and education, youth and those who work with youth now have an additional resource to help them navigate adolescence and understand the realities and impact of mental health for teens and young adults.
Caregiver Connections - Drop In Support Group
Parents and caregivers often have a difficult time coping with a mentally ill child or young adult and often wonder how best to parent and provide support. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is pleased to offer a quality peer-to-peer support program n your community. The program offers compassionate support for a peer, who has "been there" as well as a CMHA staff member. Specific information and resources will be shared which will assist you in your caregiving while maintaining your own mental health. CMHA's drop in peer-to-peer family support groups are for parents and caregivers of children or young adults experiencing a mental health concern. Call 403-504-1811 for dates and times.
Hope and Healing
Losing a loved one to suicide can often leave us feeling confused, angry and alone. This 9-week support group will provide you with an opportunity to explore and share your feelings with others who have also experienced a loss due to suicide. Call 403-504-1811 for dates and times or see the poster below for more information.
"I cannot tell you how nervous, scared... well, I'm not exactly sure what the emotion was... to go to After Suicide Support group. I knew it was time to talk to people that understood what I was going through but was so apprehensive. Grief is difficult enough, but the emotions and issues stemming from a suicide are difficult to even express. Attending this group, connecting with both the facilitators and the other participants completely changed my healing. I recommend this group for anyone who has, unfortunately, been affected by suicide. It provides you with insight and tools to help heal but most of all the personal connections and stories helped me to feel normal again." - Hope & Healing Group Member
Regional Suicide Prevention Program
This program provides the following suicide prevention services throughout southeastern Alberta:
- Educational presentations about suicide prevention to schools, colleges, agencies, businesses, organizations and the public. These presentations are specifically designed to meet participants’ needs
- Yellow Ribbon Program - a suicide prevention program targeted to youth
- Printed information on self-harm, suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention
- Information for people concerned about a friend or family member
- Hope and Healing support group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide
- Regional Suicide Prevention Council
Mental Health Education Program
Part of CMHA Alberta Southeast Region’s mandate includes the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health. One of the ways the Association does this is through education. CMHA provides:
- Informational displays about CMHA programs, mental health and mental illness
- Printed information on all mental health issues
- Family & Friends support group for people who have a friend or family member with a mental illness
- Educational presentations to schools, colleges, agencies, businesses, organizations and the public on all topics related to mental health. CMHA will also develop presentations on any mental health topic requested. Presentations are provided free-of-charge to schools, support groups and the public
- A fee may apply for other presentations, please contact us for details
Community Helpers Program
The Community Helpers Program promotes the principles of capacity building. In every community there are people to whom others naturally turn when they need help. These “community helpers” can be anyone associated with youth, including friends, team-mates, coaches, neighbors, teachers, clergy, etc.
The objectives of the Community Helpers Program are to:
- bridge the formal and informal support networks for youth
- promote early identification of at-risk youth
- assist youth with problems/concerns they may have
- provide youth and community members with accurate information
- link youth to existing service providers
- identify gaps in mental health needs of youth
Community Helpers are identified through an anonymous survey that is distributed throughout an entire group (for example, a school). The survey asks youth to identify those in the community who they feel they could turn to for help if they had a personal problem. The youth are asked to name two of their peers and two adults. Identified community helpers are offered training to help build their capacity to continue providing support to youth
For more information on this program please call: 403-504-1811 ext 103
Financial Administration Program
The Financial Administration Program helps people learn the skills required to manage personal finances. This includes learning how to develop and stick to a budget. Participants also learn how to reduce debt and pay bills on time. This is done through group learning sessions and/or individual appointments.
Systems Navigation Program
Designed to provide help and advocacy for individuals who are having difficulty accessing the services they need, this program provides information and referral to community resources in southeastern Alberta.
For more info call 504-1811 ext 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whispers of Wellness (WOW) Peer Support Group
Whispers of Wellness (WOW) is a group for people living with mental health issues. This is an open group, which means you can join at any time. WOW provides opportunities to learn more about coping with mental health issues while meeting people who have similar experiences.
CMHA Educators facilitate this peer support group every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the CMHA office located at #204, 1865 Dunmore Rd SE.
For more info call 504-1811 or email
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is a congregate living community that provides 24 hour/day support to vulnerable individuals in the community. PSH is a long-term, community-based housing that has supportive services for individuals that requiring a higher level of support. This type of supportive housing enables individuals in the program to live as independently as possible in a permanent setting.
CMHA Alberta Southeast Region’s PSH program employs 1 Team Leader, 2 Intensive Case Managers and multiple support staff members who provide case management and support to individuals participating in the program.
For more information:
For resources and more information about mental health and mental illness, visit the CMHA National website.