Top 10 Calgary Resources To Have In Your Mental Health Toolbox
1. Having a counsellor you can trust
The therapeutic relationship between a client and their therapist is essential for healthy growth and healing to take place. Make sure you feel fully comfortable, respected, safe, and given professional boundaries when seeking a counsellor.
My number one priority as a practicing counsellor is to always ensure my clients feel safe, are being heard, and understand their rights. Email or call me today to set up a free virtual meeting to see if I am a fit for you!
2. Distress Centre Calgary - 403-266-4357 (HELP)
A 24hr crisis line offered in Calgary that is a critical resource for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. I have professionally listed the Distress Centre alongside 911 in my work voicemail for my clients. This has been strategically done so that any clients who are undergoing distress can be reminded if needing immediate help in between sessions.
3. Access Mental Health - 403-943-1500
A great non-urgent mental health resource for Calgarians facing addiction and/or mental health issues. Access Mental Health provides information, consultation for those in need. For more information please visit Access Mental Health - Calgary Zone
4. Health Link - 811
A great resource for those looking for health advice or information involving their mental health. This link is available 24/7 by simpling dialing 811 within Alberta, or by visiting myhealth.alberta.ca
5. Urgent care facilities
Calgary is full of great urgent care centres for those experiecing mental health distress. Two of the 24/7 crisis facilities that individuals with a mental health crisis can access include:
- Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre - 403-955-6200 1213 4 Street SW Calgary, Alberta
- South Health Campus Emergency Department - 403-956-1111 4448 Front St SE, Calgary AB
6. Addiction Helpline - 1-866-332-2322
The Addiction and Mental Health Help Line is a 24/7 confidential service offered to Albertans experiencing mental health concerns and/or addiction. This helpline includes offering resources such as information, support and referrals to these individuals in need.
7. Mental Health Helpline 1(877)303-2642
The Mental Help Line is a 24/7 confidential service that provides referrals, support, and information about mental health programs and services to Albertans struggling with their mental health. The Mental Health Helpline is operated by a team of nurses, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists.
8. Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA)
CCASA is the primary crisis, counselling and education service provider in Calgary and is a leader in the field of sexual violence. This resource focuses on sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault crisis. This centre is built around supporting, informing, educating, and empowering individuals.
To find out more information please visit their website at https://calgarycasa.com
9. 211 Alberta
A confidential, multilingual service available 24/7 to Albertans. By simply dialing 211, Calgarians and Albertans are offered access to a network of community, social and government-based services. Calls are serviced by professional referral specialists who are trained to assess caller needs and refer calls to the most appropriate resources.
10. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Although this is a nationally operated and run non-profic organiziation, I have included it in this list because of the immense support and resources the CMHA offers Canadians as well as Calgarians. The Calgary branch of the CMHA promotes mental health awareness and other helpful resources. The staff act as advocates, educators, counsellors, and housing advisors, to help solve mental health crises and helping get people get back on track. From needing emotional support to wanting extra community resources, CMHA is the right place to help you overcome mental health challenges.
You can reach CMHA by either calling 403-297-1700 or visiting their website at https://cmha.calgary.ab.ca
Remember, these are just some suggestions to get your mental health toolbox started! Keep adding other good community resources to your toolbox, stay connected and start working with a counsellor or psychologist regarding your mental health goals.
You deserve to be soaring high, not feeling chained down, so start your healing journey at Reviving Waves Counselling Therapy with Joanne today! Your mental health toolbox is right infront of you so now all you have to do is reach out and start using it!