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 AND MENTAL HEALTH HelplineS
The Addiction Helpline and Mental Health Helplines are available 24/7, for any Albertan suffering from addiction or in need of guidance or assistance with their current mental health. The helplines are confidential and provide support and referral to community services for individuals suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling issues, various mood disorders such as depression or anxiety, and more.
Reach the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322, or the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642.
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.
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.
6) WELLNESS TOGETHER
Wellness Together is a free Canada-wide initiative created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, funded by the federal government and available 24/7. Collaborating with many other organizations, it is a wellness-focused, ongoing resource available to all Canadians wherever they may be.
Find out more about how they can help you at www.wellnesstogether.ca.
7) ADULT ADDICTION & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
From urgent and crisis resources to interventions, relapse management, rehabilitation, and long-term treatment, every person’s mental health journey looks different and will require a unique approach. That’s why the comprehensive listings at Inform Alberta are so useful – you can choose what kind of service you are looking for and find a wide variety of mental health organizations in Calgary that can help.
Lists and categories are available at this link.
8) CALGARY COMMUNITIES AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE
For more than 25 years, the CCASA group has supported Calgarians and provided educational services to those affected by sexual abuse and sexual assault. Whether it happened in the distant past or it is a recent occurrence, they lead the people of Calgary to the right resources that can help them overcome the trauma.
If you think you or someone you know can benefit from services specialized to sexual violence or abuse, you can reach the CCASA at www.calgarycasa.com.
9) JB MUSIC THERAPY
Everyone is different, and you may feel like none of these options are quite right for you. If that’s the case, you might be someone who benefits from a less clinical approach, like the sessions from JB Music Therapy.
Many people find music to be calming, soothing, or relaxing in times of great stress. In fact, the science of music and its connection to emotion, happiness, pain reduction, and other mental matters is well-documented. The field of music therapy uses this idea – even for non-musicians – to create a communication bridge, where the music acts as a medium for processing emotional experiences like trauma and grief.
If you find the idea of one-on-one, deep conversations challenging, this may be an option for you. Find out more at www.jbmusictherapy.com.
If you are struggling with your mental health and are seeking more long-term support, certain types of counselling like our anxiety help 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.