Life is full of unexpected events like losing a job, a loved one or a relationship. When those events or “rainy days” come around and put us in a bad place mentally, physically or emotionally, it’s easy to feel alone or unable to cope.

Thankfully, we don’t have to weather the storm alone. There are a number of local resources in Calgary for crisis, mental health and addiction support that provide education, assessment, medical attention and other useful resources for Calgarians in need. Here are a few options to consider for support:

1) Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

The CMHA is a non-profit organization that builds awareness about mental health and provides individuals dealing with mental health issues with advocacy, education, housing, counselling and a variety of programs. Whether you or a family member are dealing with substance abuse, mental health challenges or even the loss of a loved one, the CMHA Calgary chapter can help with emotional support, life coaching and programming, as well as referrals to other community resources.

Visit CMHA at http://cmha.calgary.ab.caor call 403-297-1700

2) Distress Centre

The Distress Centre is a 24-hour crisis line available in Calgary and Southern Alberta. This resource is useful if you need someone to talk to or recommended resources when you are in a crisis situation. The best way to describe the Distress Centre is to use their own words: “We do not define crisis. We do not judge. Anyone can call us day or night.” The Distress Centre can be contacted by phone, email or online chat during the day.

Visit the Distress Centre at https://www.distresscentre.comor call 403-266-HELP (4357)

3) Addiction Helpline

The Addiction Helpline is available 24/7 and is available for any Albertan suffering from addiction. The helpline is confidential and provides support and referral to community services for individuals suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling issues.

Reach the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322.

4) Urgent Mental Health in Urgent Care

Crisis mental health assessment and support is available at two of the Urgent Care Centres in Calgary:

  • Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre (SMCHC), located in the Beltline
  • South Calgary Health Centre (SCHC), locatedin the far south near Shawnessy/Sundance

Both centres are open 7 days per week, every day of the year, with SMCHC being open 24 hours per day and SCHC open from 8 am – 10 pm. Urgent Mental Health assistance is available at both sites from 8 am – 10 pm every day. SCHC also provides walk-in, single session counselling at no fee with variable hours during the week.

Location information:

Sheldon Chumir: 1213 – 4thStreet SW

South Calgary Health Centre: 31 Sunpark Plaza SE or call 403-943-9300 to find out the hours of their walk-in counselling service.

5) Access Mental Health

It can be difficult to navigate the community resources available to help with mental health – that’s where Access Mental Health comes in. Its clinicians offer information, advice and referrals to Alberta Health Services programs and other community resources. Access Mental Health is a non-urgent resource and is available during regular business hours.

Contact Access Mental Health at 403-943-1500.

If you are struggling with your mental health and are seeking more long-term support, counselling may be a good option to consider. At Your Counselling, we provide support to families, individuals and children who are experiencing distress, anxiety, depression, addiction and anger. Call us today for a free consultation and together we can develop a treatment plan that will help you get back to living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.