Updated: Dec 29, 2021
Whether due to a break-up, the loss of a job or loved one, or simply a change in circumstance, life can have its share of down days and stressful experiences. There’s no way to avoid them – and that means dealing with them is a crucial skill we should all learn and develop.
However, many people in Calgary struggle with mental health, and they feel like they must tackle problems like addiction or high stress levels on their own. We’re here to say – you’re never alone! There are many resources in and around the city for those who need them. Here are some that you can always count on.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Located on the C-Train line at the west end of downtown, near Shaw Millennium Park, the Calgary branch of the CMHA is part of a national non-profit organization that promotes mental health awareness and other helpful resources. Acting as advocates, educators, counsellors, and housing advisors, the staff have experience in solving mental health crises and helping people get back on track to more fulfilling lives. From substance abuse recovery to overcoming mental health challenges, the CMHA is a great place for emotional support and finding additional community resources.
You can contact the CMHA at (403) 297-1700 or visit their website at http://cmha.calgary.ab.ca.
The Distress Centre
A mental health crisis doesn’t come on a schedule. That’s why 24-hour support, such as southern Alberta’s Distress Centre crisis line, is so important. You can find a voice to listen to you, offer support, recommend useful resources, or just have a conversation – any time, day or night. Their self-stated mission is not to judge anyone, nor minimize their suffering. They are simply there to help, through phone, email, or an online chat during the day.
Reach out to the Distress Centre at https://distresscentre.com or call (403) 266-HELP (4357).
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA)
Sexual abuse is an insidious – and nearly invisible – form of trauma that nevertheless has a tremendous weight on those it affects. It is also one of the most prevalent forms of abuse, with 45% of Albertans experiencing it in some form or another. This is why Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse was started nearly 30 years ago: to support Calgarians and provide resources and educational services to those impacted by sexual abuse and/or sexual assault. From recent trauma to events in the distant past, there is no rushing the healing process – but CCASA is here to help, every step of the way.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse and may benefit from these specific services, find out more about CCASA at www.calgarycasa.com.
Eastside Community Mental Health Services
When you have troubles at home or are struggling just to be heard, simply having someone to listen can be a major relief. Small but purposeful steps are available at the Eastside Community Mental Health Services, a Wood’s Homes program that provides professional counsellors to help navigate you or your family to the right services for your needs. With three locations (Northgate Mall, Inglewood, and the Calgary Central Library), multiple options for virtual therapy, and options for phone, text, email, or live chat, these registered professionals focus on supporting families with difficulties between parents and youth and can have an immense impact on a young person’s life.
As a bonus, they offer a single therapy session free of charge to start the healing process along. Call (403) 299-9699 or visit their website for more details.
Counselling for Mental Health in Calgary
While these are all great services in the city, the fact is that everyone is different, and some people need highly tailored plans and support to live their best lives. When you are out of an immediate crisis, ongoing professional support can help you avoid falling back into old habits and thought patterns.
From individual therapy to couples counselling to family therapy, we offer proven methods to suit any personality and situation – simply reach out and let us know what you need. Like every other entry on this list, we’re always here to help!