October 2018
You are not alone. Join with a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as we share stories of healing and hope.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
The Palace Theatre ( 219 - 8 Avenue SW
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (8:00 breakfast and registration)
Refreshments and lunch will be provided 

Click  here  to register.
Visit our  website  for more information on the day.

Registration is free. However, an appreciated donation of $20 per person or per family does help offset the costs associated with hosting the event. Those wishing to donate can bring cash or a cheque with them to the day or donate online  here .
Connection and a sense of belonging are key in mental wellness, and that is exactly what CMHA Calgary’s Recovery College and Welcome Centre offers. Incorporating the peer support model, the centre is built on a foundation of mutuality, respect, and equality. It is open to anyone, not only individuals who identify as having a mental illness, to connect, learn, and build their support system no matter where they are at in their journey.

Since opening, CMHA’s Welcome Centre has experienced a dramatic surge in the number of people walking through the doors, and we want to continue to ensure that no one is turned away, that waiting lists aren’t a worry, and that our community knows help truly is easy and accessible. In order for this to happen, we need your support. Your donation can go a long way in helping someone feel like they belong, and that they matter.

Visit our campaign page  #Turni2We  to learn more about the initiative.
John, who is Blackfoot, says lots of people consider him an “elder-in-training” as he passes his knowledge about the First Nations culture not only to the First Nations people but to the larger Calgary community through his work at CMHA Calgary. Read more.
“When I would get an injection, or get my blood drawn weekly, I was told I was a ‘brave little girl’,” explains Val “I have come to hate and resent those words because they taught me that if I don’t show my emotions, and I don’t cry, then I am rewarded. I didn’t think I was allowed to be sad, devastated, angry, and in pain.” Read more.
For those who are living with a mental health or substance use concern, figuring out what works for their individual journey is the key to recovery. If anyone understands this, it’s CMHA Calgary’s Peer Support Worker, John, who has faced multiple psychotic episodes. As an artist, he describes his talent as being both a blessing and a curse. Read more.
Like each peer support worker at CMHA Calgary, Cori has her own personal experience with a mental health concern that started at the young age of 14. Unfortunately, due to the stigma that surrounds mental health, her struggle was made more difficult as she didn’t feel like she could talk about it. Read more.
Have you heard? We recently launched our NEW Youth Mental Health website !
Head over to www.youthsmart.ca to check it out!

Walk or run into the sunrise with us, from darkness into light, to remember your loved one and raise awareness for suicide prevention on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Following the run/walk, join us with a casual reception with  charbar   breakfast snacks and  Phil & Sebastian   coffee. More information and registration here.

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 do wn 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.
Upcoming Community Events

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the I Will Survive Association is hosting the Music 4 Life Concert at the Blind Beggar Pub (4608 Macleod Trail SW).

The music line up will include The Sweets, Run Deer Run and headliner, Mark Mills.

Great bands, a silent auction, with food and drink specials all night! 

The mission of the I Will Survive Association is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.

Mosaics for a Cause is a group painting project where many artists are re-creating two of Van Gogh’s Paintings:  Vase with Red Poppies and Daisies  and  Garden at Arles . They will have 50 artists participating, each of whom will be creating their own individual segment of the original painting which will then be assembled mosaic-style into one large finished piece.

The finished works will be auctioned off in a silent auction at Palette, taking place October 27, 2018 with 100% of the proceeds going to CMHA Calgary.

More information about the Calgary Community Painters Society and Mosaic for a Cause can be found here .
People who think about and attempt suicide don’t want to die: they want a way out of their deep, psychological pain. They describe feelings of being overwhelmed, being stuck, or not being able to see a way out. We work to prevent suicide because it can be prevented: we can shine the light in a person’s life to help them see that there is hope in living, that help is available and that they’re not alone. Read more.
While street drugs often come to mind, overdose can happen with many different types of drugs, from alcohol to opioids, in all segments of the Canadian population, including those who take prescription drugs and those who use drugs recreationally. Read more.
There are many unanswered questions and reasons as to why we received the outcome we did. As her mother, I did everything possible to help my daughter out of the hell she was living. Not only the outward hell but particularly with the demons she waged war against in secrecy. Those were the demons we couldn’t see.  Read more.
Our adventure on Denali was full of emotions and challenges. We had to battle true blizzards, cold, whiteouts, physical and mental challenges in order to reach the summit. On many occasions, I questioned myself, when I felt exhausted for the meaning of our quest.  Read more.