February 2018
We're Moving!
Exciting news! CMHA Calgary will be moving to a new location ( #105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW ) on February 12, 2018 to offer even more community-based programs to Calgarians challenged by mental health and/or addiction concern or loss by suicide. We’d love to have you come check us out!

We welcome everyone to drop-by to see our new space after February 12, 2018. You can find us at  #105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW , 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday. In our new space we can continue to build community connections, and cultivate a sense of acceptance, belonging and hope.
Tell me about yourself and your position at CMHA Calgary?

Meghan: I am the Recovery Lead here at CMHA-Calgary, so my role involves overseeing the day-to-day workings of the Recovery College and the Peer Support Team.

Sam: I got my start with the CMHA by attending the Peer School to become a Family Peer Support Worker which helped me learn how to tell my story and use my lived experience in a way that can help others who are on a similar journey. My experience with the magic of peer support helps me every day in my current role as a Recovery Trainer with the Recovery College. Whether I’m working with youth, individuals or caregivers, being able to share my story in a way that can possibly instill hope in others has been truly invaluable. As a Recovery Trainer I work collaboratively with my fellow trainers and Peer Support Workers to develop and deliver content meant to aid in personal growth, build capacity and guide people along their recovery journey. Ultimately we are looking to help people along the deeply personal path to discover what recovery means for them and to empower them to live their best life.

Simrat: I am a Trainer with the Recovery College program at CMHA. I have worked for CMHA for about three years, my position began as a coordinator and facilitator in the formerly known program, Peer Options. I have a background in Psychology and Social Work and I have worked in areas of mental health, immigrant, and refugee populations. I was born and raised in Calgary, brought up by immigrant parents from India.

Iftu : I am a Recovery Trainer at CMHA. I co-facilitate a variety of courses at the Recovery College including Spoken Word. Part of my own self-care is writing and performing poetry. Putting my thoughts on to paper and sharing those thoughts in a safe environment has been incredibly healing in my own recovery journey, which is why I am so excited to be co-facilitating it. It’s been incredibly rewarding being able to blend my skills as a teacher with my passion for spoken word and social justice. Being part of a work environment that actively works towards ending the stigma surrounding mental Health has been inspiring and has made me really hopeful for my own community and Canada at large.

Catherine: I've been involved with CMHA since 2015 and currently work as a Peer Support Worker, and co-facilitate some of the classes offered out of Recovery College. We strive to create a sense of community, sparking off hope, and promoting the message that recovery is possible for everyone.

Priscilla: As a Peer Recovery Trainer, we have the pleasure of connecting with peers on a one-on-one basis, as well as co-facilitating some of our Recovery College classes. We also get invited to speak at events, workshops and different trade shows around the city promoting our services and the recovery model.

MaryLou: I am an adult educator who has been facilitating with CMHA for over 4 years. I believe in recovery – the ability for those who struggle with mental health to become more self-determined, healthier and more connected to their communities.

We believe that everyone can learn something to support themselves or someone else’s progress on their recovery journey.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to learn together, share experiences and knowledge and most importantly, participate. Not as a patient, client, caregiver or member of staff, but simply a student – no previous education required! Through everyone learning together with only one shared label of ‘student’, we believe that we can begin to break down the barriers and stigma that exist, and support you whatever your background, to benefit from the richness of experience.

At Recovery College we use an educational-based approach to help people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to become experts in their own self-care, make informed choices and do the things that they want to do in life.
Ride Don't Hide 2018 - Registration is Now Open!
Ride Don’t Hide   is a community bike ride hosted, nationally, by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising essential funds to support mental health programs in our community. The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from the beginner rider to the advanced cyclist. 2018 marks the 5th Annual Ride Don’t Hide event for  CMHA – Calgary , the only ride in Alberta. Our goal in 2018 is to have 550 cyclists, raising over $175,000.

$55 Early Bird Registration is open until April 30, 2018; $65 Regular Registration from May 1 - June 24, 2018. Children 12 and under are free! Make sure to register early due to limited space! Registration will be open until 12:00 p.m. on June 23, 2018 or until we reach capacity.
Unable to Ride and want to Volunteer?
In total, the Calgary Ride Don't Hide event will need approximately 80 volunteers to run safely and smoothly. Volunteers will be provided with a t-shirt, lunch and any materials they may require (i.e safety vest). Volunteers are required to fill out our Volunteer Application Form and attend a Volunteer Orientation Session on June 21, 2018. 

Committee Members Need!
Calgary's Ride Don't Hide committee is looking for volunteers to help plan the June 24, 2018 ride! A variety of roles including BBQ lead, Vendor lead, and Start/Finish Line lead. For more details click here or email us at info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca .
Upcoming Community Events
The Sweat Lab: Red Carpet Gala
Join The Sweat Lab and guest speaker Kaitlin Hrudey for an evening of appetizers, drinks and live music in support of Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region.
When: February 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
More information and purchase tickets here

Alberta Teacher's Association Local 38 Annual Mental Health Awareness Night
The ATA Local 38 hosts their Annual Mental Health Awareness Night to raise money and awareness for CMHA Calgary.
The ATA Local 38 hosts their Annual Mental Health Awareness Night to raise money and awareness for CMHA Calgary on March 2, 2018.
When: Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Kilkenny Irish Pub, 500 - 3630 Brentwood Road Northwest
More information and purchase tickets  here

Western Canada High School presents Music for Minds
Music for Minds is a benefit concert for mental health organized by Western's Interact Club. The concert will feature performances from incredible local folk, indie, and rock musicians - making it one not to miss! All proceeds will go to CMHA Calgary, with the goal being not only to raise money, but also raise awareness for mental health – something truly important to the organizer of the event, Allie da Silva, and her fellow Interact members.
When: April 11, 2018
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
Donate here

Brittany Lemoine of Humble High Art
Brittany found art to be a strong form of therapy after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2016. She decided to begin selling her artwork to raise awareness for her mental illness in late 2017 and donate 20% of all proceeds quarterly to CMHA Calgary. Brittany has donated $416 so far. Check out Brittany's art here.

Jean-Francois Dupras
Jean-Francois' project is to achieve the ascent of the seven summits - the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. His team is set to climb Mt. Denali in Alaska in June of 2018. Mt. Denali is the highest mountain in North America with an altitude of 6190 metres (20,310 feet). Jean-Francois' dream is to share his story and experience to raise awareness for mental illness. He also wants to promote the power of dreams and passion through this project as he strongly believes that anything is possible. He hopes to raise $43,319 which is the total number of the altitudes of each the seven summits added together. Donate to Jean-Francois' initiative here.

Humbles Ironman Quest
"Simple: My quest is to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region. In my circle of friends and family over the years I have witnessed depression (and personally experienced depression), dementia, addiction (gambling and substance), bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and most recently suicide... and there are many other disorders that affect millions of people.
My Quest – swim 2.4 miles, then bike 112 miles, then finish by running a Marathon (26.2 miles)...140.6 miles (226.31 km)...all in one day!!! Arizona Ironman on November 18th, 2018. Donate to David's initiative here.
My recovery has been long but I have finally found the peace I had lost some thirty-five years ago. And now I feel an obligation to  pay it forward  and share all that I have learned during my mental health journey. For if I can’t share what I have learned then what earthly good is my recovery. Read More
The overall goal of introducing a community garden within the homes, besides the fresh food, was to instill self-worth and pride in the clients’ ability to commit to a task and succeed at it. Read More
I thought I was immune to mental illness, I thought I had no reasons to think about it, I learnt too late that I was not immune, no one is. I have a new empathy for mental illness and understand now all too clearly how someone suffering from an episode of psychosis can’t distinguish between the illusions in one’s mind and reality.  Read More
My hope is that through this guide, you’ll gain insight into at least one new strategy that helps assuage your depression. The following list is not exhaustive – therapies I didn’t mention might help you and if they do, by all means, stick to them. Read More