Our Services

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides recovery-focused services for people of all ages and their families. Follow the links below for details.

Courses - Recovery College Central Alberta

All Recovery College Central Alberta education courses are free and offered online through Zoom. Support groups and multi-session courses may once again be available in a blended format, with some people attending in our Learning Centre and others attending over Zoom. If you want to attend in-person at our Learning Centre, you must call us at 403-967-0473.  You must also do the online registration, through the Recovery College Calendar Page at https://recoverycollegecentralalberta.ca/events/.[…]

Recovery College has its own website at https://recoverycollegecentralalberta.ca

Please visit the calendar to see our current schedule. Click on the links to register for the classes you would like to take. When you register, you will get a confirmation email which includes instructions for using Zoom. Please feel free to come into Zoom 10 minutes before the class if you need a bit of tech support. We do not provide tech support once the class begins.

 At Recovery College, our educational-based 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. All of our courses are developed and delivered in partnership with our peer supporters who are experts by experience: they have their own story of a mental health or substance concern or are supporting a loved one.

 Everyone is welcome to attend our free courses and drop-in classes. No previous experience is required and with many courses to choose from, there is a course for everyone.

Systems Navigation

The Systems Navigator provides support to individuals and families with multiple barriers to navigate the complex systems and processes needed to access various government and community services. This support works to address inequities and enhance the individual’s well-being. The support is generally brief in nature and is focused on navigation and advocacy to get people connected […]

Systems Navigator

 

The Systems Navigator provides support to individuals and families with multiple barriers to navigate the complex systems and processes needed to access various government and community services.  This support works to address inequities and enhance the individual’s well-being. The support is generally brief in nature and is focused on navigation and advocacy to get people connected to the services and supports they need in order to get or maintain income and housing.

The focus in this program is on assisting individuals who fall through current programming gaps. Needs are met on a short-term basis while they await long-term service provision to become available.  Some individuals only need short-term assistance to access what is required for them to feel stable.  This program provides the support needed to facilitate many things from government paperwork to landlord issues to other system referrals.

What Does This Program Do?

Support from the Systems Navigator can consist of attending appointments with clients; this could include medical/mental health appointments, Alberta Works, Supports, AISH, housing views, etc. Other forms of support include client advocacy, help clients to navigate the complex and ever changing supports in Central Alberta, and refer clients to community partners when needed. Supports provided are typically brief, but longer-term support can be offered as appropriate.

How Do I Access This Program?

This program and the supports it offers can be accessed by walk-ins, appointments with the Systems Navigator, through any outside referral to our agency, as well as self-referral. Referrals are accepted for this program but are not required.  When someone drops in, they will fill out some information about themselves and what they need help with.  The Systems Navigator will then contact them and meet with them to determine how best they can help.

Alberta Brain Injury Network (ABIN)

Alberta Brain Injury Network (ABIN) – Central Region is part of a province wide network servicing adults with an acquired brain injury and their families. Our program at CMHA Central Alberta serves people in Stettler, Rimbey, Wetaskiwin, and surrounding areas as well as those in Red Deer. Service Coordinators provide: Support: Identifying and responding to the needs […]

Alberta Brain Injury Network (ABIN)

 

Alberta Brain Injury Network (ABIN) – Central Region is part of a province wide network servicing adults with an acquired brain injury and their families. Our program at CMHA Central Alberta serves people in Stettler, Rimbey, Wetaskiwin, Lloydminster, Drumheller and surrounding areas as well as those in Red Deer.

Service Coordinators provide:

Support: Identifying and responding to the needs of survivors, families and caregivers.

Coordination: Assisting survivors to access necessary supports and resources in their community.

Community Capacity: Increasing community awareness, building partnerships and seeking opportunities to promote inclusive communities.

Education: Providing opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of acquired brain injury.

Additional supports may also be available through the Supports for Community Living Program.


What is the Supports for Community Living Program?

The Supports for Community Living (SCL) program provides short term flexible supports to a person who has sustained a brain injury.

The emphasis is on developing and learning daily living skills and to promote and maximize each individual’s independence. The role of the

SCL worker is to provide training to these individuals in preparation for independent living and to provide support and modeling for the client’s support network, helping them to develop support skills that contribute to long term solutions for the client.


How Much Support is Provided and for How Long?

The amount and type of support provided is based upon individual need. A Service Plan, developed by the individual and the Alberta Brain Injury Service Coordinator, outlines the goals the individual wishes to work on. Service Plans are reviewed on a regular basis with the ultimate goal being that formal supports fade out over time as support networks are created. The number of hours provided per month to an individual is determined by the individual’s need, the goals they wish to work on, and support available. It may be necessary to prioritize goals.


Who is This Program For?

This program is for people over the age of 18 who are living with a diagnosed, acquired brain injury.

Examples of a brain injury include:

  • Traumatic brain injury, like a blow to the head, concussion or motor vehicle accident
  • Brain tumors
  • Brain infections, like meningitis and encephalitis
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain for a period of time
  • Strokes
  • Violent shaking or whiplash injuries


How Do I Access This Program?

Referrals may be made through a number of sources, including directly contacting our office at 403-342-2266.   A referral can be made on your behalf by others such as medical professionals, mental health or financial workers, or concerned family or friends.

Please print and send to abin@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca

Printable Referral Form (PDF)

Pathways 2 Housing

Pathways to Housing (Pathways or P2H) specifically targets chronically homeless persons who are disabled by serious mental illness and addiction, made even more complex with a multitude of health and social issues. This program is similar to the Amethyst House model with the addition of an AHS clinical mental health team, Street Connect. This multidisciplinary team is comprised of a recreational therapist, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, Indigenous liaison, peer support/recovery worker, addiction and mental health counsellor, and a psychiatrist who provide services to the individuals in the P2H program, with on-call availability. CMHA also provides a Peer Support Recovery Specialist who provides additional on-site support. Case management is required of program participants as a way to support them in maintaining their housing.[…]

Pathways to Housing (Pathways or P2H) specifically targets chronically homeless persons who are disabled by serious mental illness and addiction, made even more complex with a multitude of health and social issues. This program is similar to the Amethyst House model with the addition of an AHS clinical mental health team, Street Connect. This multidisciplinary team is comprised of a recreational therapist, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, Indigenous liaison, peer support/recovery worker, addiction and mental health counsellor, and a psychiatrist who provide services to the individuals in the P2H program, with on-call availability. CMHA also provides a Peer Support Recovery Specialist who provides additional on-site support. Case management is required of program participants as a way to support them in maintaining their housing.

How to Access the Program

If you are homeless and looking for housing, we can connect you to the Coordinated Entry team. They will meet with you and ask you some questions to help determine what you need and want. Then they will forward your information to a team of housing programs who decide which program is the best fit for you. It may be with CMHA, or it may be with another organization. If all of the housing programs are full, you will be put on a wait list until an appropriate spot opens up.

Safe Harbour 403-347-0181, 5246 53 Ave, Red Deer, AB, T4N 5K2

McMan Youth Family & Community Services Assn (403) 309-2002 5214 47 Ave #103, Red Deer, AB T4N 3P7

Red Deer Native Friendship Society (403) 340-0020 4808 51 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4H3

Crisis Counsellor

Crisis counselling provides support to those individuals having an immediate mental health crisis. This service is a collaborative process designed to assist individuals in assessing need and risk, feeling a sense of empowerment by drawing on internal strengths, and identifying opportunities for additional support. Upon arrival, there will be a short intake form to complete […]

Walk-In Crisis Counselling

 

Crisis counselling provides support to those individuals having an immediate mental health crisis.

This service is a collaborative process designed to assist individuals in assessing need and risk, feeling a sense of empowerment by drawing on internal strengths, and identifying opportunities for additional support.

Upon arrival, there will be a short intake form to complete in order for the counsellor to establish best how to serve the individual.

Please feel free to call us at 403-304-7662 if you have any questions. You can also email our crisis counsellor:  areeves@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca.

FAQ

  • There is no charge for the session.
  • No referral is needed.
  • Duration of the session is between 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Please note there may be a wait to see the Crisis Counsellor.

Hours

Crisis Counsellor Hours:

Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm

Last appointment at 2 pm

Closed Daily from 12 pm – 1 pm

Amethyst House

Amethyst House (4124 50 Ave) is the new 48-unit permanent supportive housing complex operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association on the outskirts of downtown Red Deer. This program is designed for individuals who have struggled to maintain permanent housing and have experienced chronic homelessness. Tenants pay their own rent and have direct leases with the landlord, while CMHA provides 24/7 staffing to assist with guest management, daily meaningful activities, and mental health supports. Case Management is required of program participants as a way to support them in maintaining their housing. […]

Housing Programs

 

Housing First Community

Amethyst House (4124 50 Ave) is the new 48-unit permanent supportive housing complex operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association on the outskirts of downtown Red Deer. This program is designed for individuals who have struggled to maintain permanent housing and have experienced chronic homelessness. Tenants pay their own rent and have direct leases with the landlord, while CMHA provides 24/7 staffing to assist with guest management, daily meaningful activities, and mental health supports. Case Management is required of program participants as a way to support them in maintaining their housing.

How to Access the Program

If you are homeless and looking for housing, we can connect you to the Coordinated Entry team.  They will meet with you and ask you some questions to help determine what you need and want.  Then they will forward your information to a team of housing programs who decide which program is the best fit for you.  It may be with CMHA, or it may be with another organization.  If all of the housing programs are full, you will be put on a wait list until an appropriate spot opens up.

Safe Harbour 403-347-0181, 5246 53 Ave, Red Deer, AB, T4N 5K2

McMan Youth Family & Community Services Assn (403) 309-2002 5214 47 Ave #103, Red Deer, AB T4N 3P7

Red Deer Native Friendship Society (403) 340-0020 4808 51 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4H3

The CMHA Mental Health and Wellness Education Program

In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will experience a mental illness. Mental health concerns affect people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures. It indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, a friend, a colleague, or personal experience. Enhancing the potential of people with a mental health concern […]

The CMHA Mental Health and Wellness Education Program

 

In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will experience a mental illness. Mental health concerns affect people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures. It indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, a friend, a colleague, or personal experience.

Enhancing the potential of people with a mental health concern to pursue educational supports is a focus for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Our education program focuses on delivering education related to recovery, resilience, and hope. Sessions are intended for individuals with mental illnesses, family members, service providers, and anyone interested in overall wellness.

At CMHA, we believe that offering peer-led support will:
• Increase emotional support for families;
• Reduce isolation shame and blame;
• Assist families in navigating systems of care and improve awareness of resources; and
• promote and develop tools for self-care.

Education Focus Areas

  • Relationships and Communication
  • Mental Health Services and Treatment
  • Workplace Mental Health
  • Mental Health Recovery and Wellness
 

CMHA Support Groups

Support groups at CMHA provide opportunities for people who have been-there-done-that to share and learn from each other with assistance from experienced CMHA staff. There is no fee to attend our support groups.

Friendship Circle:
Our Friendship Circle provides opportunities to develop and strengthen relationships, participate in community life, and enhance leadership and mentoring abilities.

People who have not participated in other CMHA education, might want to give us a call before attending Friendship Circle for the first time.
Each session has a topic, recovery focused sharing, and either an activity or a planning component.

The Friendship Circle currently meets on-line every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:30 PM using Zoom. You can also attend in person if you register online.

To register or to see our schedule, Click Here

Caregiver Connections:
What is Caregiver Connections

Caregiver Connections is a collection of peer services for anyone who is supporting a loved one with a mental health concern, illness or addiction. Formal diagnosis by a doctor is not required for caregivers to attend. Caregivers aren’t just parents and Caregiver Connections is for anyone who is actively involved in the care of someone with a mental health concern with whom they have a personal relationship. This is not designed for paid caregivers.

Meetings are Tuesday Evening 5:30pm – 7:30pm

To register or to see our schedule, Click Here

Recovery College

Meetings are from single sessions to an 8 week program, Recovery College sessions provide an in depth way to learn new skills and strategies in a focused way and to meet a particular need. We offer both daytime and evening courses thought the year. Currently our health and wellness courses are free of charge to anyone living in Central Alberta.

To register or to see our schedule, Click Here

Suicide Intervention and Prevention Programs

Attending a two-day ASIST course trains people to intervene with an individual who is suicidal.  We also offer the half day “tune-ups” that are required to maintain certification. Other suicide intervention and prevention programs for specific age groups are offered periodically. Suicide Intervention and Prevention Programs have associated fees/tuition. Bursaries may be available to individuals with financial barriers who wish to take the workshops.

For more information please call CMHA at 403-342-2266.

To Register: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (cmha.ca)

Facilitator Training

Facilitator Training is a two-day course that trains individuals to facilitate support and education groups. Participants include individuals from not-for-profit organizations, government employees, organizations supporting individuals with disabilities, self-help/peer groups, and others. The fee for the course is $225

For more information please call CMHA at 403-342-2266.

Focused Education for Employers and Community Groups

Based on requests from employers and community groups, one-time educational sessions, usually 1-3 hours in length, are presented throughout Central Alberta.  Fees are dependent on the length of the presentation and other factors. We welcome opportunities to customize educational programs to meet the needs of businesses and organizations.

About Our Programs

CMHA educational programs take place at the Learning Centre and at various community locations. We try to offer a variety of times and dates to work with each schedule. We also now have virtual learning available for most sessions. Please see our registration link for more details about our schedule.

CMHA courses are open to the community-at-large. We have found that some people have a better learning experience when CMHA staff can talk to them about their expectations and specific needs. We can help people choose the right course, make recommendations, and answer questions. You can call us at 403-342-2266.