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CMHA Central Alberta Programs

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. More Information

The Assistance for Personal Decision Making program helps families and individuals examine substitute decision making options for vulnerable adults. This includes personal directives, supported decision making, co-decision making, or guardianship. We provide assistance to complete the complex and required documents. Call CMHA at 403-342-2266 for an appointment with our Decision Making Assistance System Navigator if you are interested in any of these programs. More Information

CMHA offers peer support groups in which people share their personal experiences in dealing with situations that have altered their life in some way. We believe that the best support groups foster peer leadership while providing information from experienced professionals who demonstrate empathy and an understanding of the challenges group members face. Caregiver Connections is our weekly drop-in group for family members and caregivers. Friendship Circle is for people with lived experience with mental health or addiction concerns. More Information

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. More Information

Focused Education for Employers and Community Groups: Based on requests from employers and community groups, educational sessions can be tailor-made to meet corresponding needs. Fees are dependent on the length of the presentation and other factors. For more information, call our office at (403) 342-2266 or e-mail us at More Information

CMHA Central Alberta offers a wide range of housing related programs including The Buffalo, our housing first staffed residential program; HomeLinks, which provides intensive case management services to individuals existing homelessness; RentSmart, a program that provides education that builds the skills, knowledge and confidence of participants seeking to learn the skills that will make them great tenants; and our Landlord and Tenant Program. More Information

Working with the Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP), CMHA Central Alberta Region educates people with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to respond to people at risk of suicide. CMHA and CSP teach prevention because prevention is the only solution to suicideWorkshops include: ASIST, the two day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training workshop; and three half day workshops: ASIST Tune Up, Tattered Teddies, and Straight Talk. More Information

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. More Information

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. More Information

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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.

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

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. We have found that some people have a better learning experience when we 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 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, the other an expert by education.

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.

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.

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.

Some people will become part of Recovery College because they are on a personal journey to improve their emotional wellness in much the same way that people go to gyms or rec centres to improve their physical well-being.

Regardless of why someone takes a Recovery College Central Alberta course, you can expect to learn and grow in a compassionate and respectful environment while having fun with interesting people who might even become your good friends.

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