About Us2019-07-22T10:15:58-06:00

Welcome to Recovery College!

Where real people with real experiences share what works

Using an educational-based approach, Recovery College offers courses to help people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery journey. All our courses are co-developed and co-delivered in partnership with people who have their own personal experience of a mental health or addiction concern or are supporting a loved one.

Everyone – family, friends, caregivers, professionals and the general public – are welcome to attend our free courses on recovery and well-being. No previous experience or education level is required. Our 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.

Our Recovery College courses are interactive and create positive learning experiences, emphasizing connection, hope and belonging. An emphasis is placed on an individual’s talents and strengths. Our courses inspire optimism, encourage students to consider future opportunities, and move people towards personal empowerment. Recovery is a journey, not a destination.

If you have any questions, contact us at 403-342-2266 or [email protected]. We look forward to meeting you soon.

We are very fortunate to have many partnerships with community organizations to help make Recovery College Edmonton a success. We want to thank and acknowledge the following organizations:



How is Recovery College different from other mental health support groups/programs?2019-07-17T00:28:37-06:00

Our courses offer more structured learning experiences than many group programs. They’re designed with input from qualified and experienced educators AND people with lived experience. Each course has clear learning outcomes and activities to explore and build knowledge. Peer Support is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe everyone in the room has valuable insight to share. We see everyone as a teacher and a learner at the same time, including our facilitators.

How much do courses cost?2019-07-17T00:28:47-06:00

Nothing! All courses are free, but you must register before attending.

What conditions do I need to meet to attend?2019-07-17T00:28:26-06:00

All of our courses are open to everyone at all levels and at all stages of recovery. All we require is an open mind, a willingness to participate and be respectful of the other learners in the room.

What other classes can I take with CMHA Central Alberta?2019-07-22T10:18:43-06:00

CMHA Central Alberta offers drop-in peer support groups to support wellness and recovery of individuals with mental health concerns and caregivers, They don’t require registration, and are free of charge. To learn more, visit: Support Groups.  See below for other CMHA programs and services.

What happens in a course?2019-07-17T00:29:11-06:00

Our courses are friendly, informative, engaging and enjoyable to help learners on their recovery journey. Two trained facilitators run each course, one who has personal experience of recovery and will share their experience as part of the course.

Where will courses be held?2019-07-17T00:42:54-06:00

The majority of courses are held at CMHA Central Alberta’s Learning Annex in downtown Red Deer, but we will also have classes in other community venues. Locations for each course can be found in the course summary.

Who can attend a Recovery College course?2019-07-17T00:45:12-06:00

Anyone aged 16+ affected by mental health or substance use issues who wants to explore their recovery journey and their own wellness. Anyone who is supporting a family or friend with a mental illness or substance use issue, as well as people working in the mental health field are welcome to attend. No referral is needed.

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.

Recovery College Central Alberta is an important part of the CMHA Central Alberta Region. We are located in Red Deer and provide a range of services throughout Central Alberta.

CMHA Central Alberta Region was founded in 1964. Like the other eight Alberta regional branches, we are separately incorporated as a non-profit charity and respond to grass root needs. Over the past thirty years we have played a major role in addressing the education, housing, income, and support needs of our community and the individuals with mental illness, brain injuries and addiction living in Central Alberta.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization promoting community wellness and supporting people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions. Based on community needs, staff and volunteers accomplish this through recovery focused support, education, and advocacy.

Our Goals

  • To advocate for the best possible care, rehabilitation, and recovery for individuals
  • To promote best practices based on current research
  • To promote mental health and wellness through education

The CMHA Central Alberta Webpage

Professional Education at CMHA includes Facilitator Training and suicide information and prevention workshops (ASIST and others). Please see http://reddeer.cmha.ca/types-programs-services/learning/ for more information.

We also offer weekly drop-in peer support for caregivers of people with mental health concerns, including addiction, and for individuals who have experienced mental illness, addiction or emotional distress. Please see http://reddeer.cmha.ca/support-groups/ for more information.

CMHA Central Alberta Programs

Other information about CMHA Central Alberta can be found on our webpage: http://reddeer.cmha.ca

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