December 2018

From the staff at CMHA - Calgary Region
The holiday season is one where gratitude shines – the time when we reflect on the many gifts we have in our lives.

It is because of the generosity of our community that we are able to maintain and grow services as mental health continues to hold the public attention in a way we've never experienced in our history.

Thank you for being part of our story. Together we will continue to make our city healthier, happier and a kinder place for the lives we touch. 
We have moved to a brand new location that not only physically brought our agency together, but one that truly reflects the needs of our community. This approach fundamentally changes how our community accesses the support they need from CMHA Calgary.
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Save the date! June 23, 2019 for next year's Ride Don't Hide!
On September 13, 2018, 24 students graduated from our School of Peer Support. This is our second class of Peer Support Workers, who have completed 120 hours of training and internship in recovery and peer support skills. Click here to see photos from the celebrations.
On October 29, 2018, more than 250 teachers and students gathered at the fourth annual Youth Summit to kick-off the year-long YouthSMART Initiative. By participating in the initiative, SMART Schools have committed to the development and implementation of student-led projects to spark meaningful mental health promotion and dialogue amongst their peers. Read more

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.

You may have heard the expression “When you replace ‘I’ with ‘we’, even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness’.” With time and the right supports, I did learn how to live with my anxiety, to manage my depression, and to feel confident and optimistic about my future.

A huge part of that was connecting with CMHA Calgary a few years ago. The first thing I found was connection, people who genuinely understood what I was going through. Eventually, I was able to take my experience and through a specialized training program became a Peer Support Worker where I now support other youth in finding connection and hope.

One of the pieces of the work I am most excited about, in the work I do at CMHA, is Discovery College; a youth adaptation of Recovery College. Discovery College has been built, imagined and lead by young people; myself and others like me!