Anxiety, Stress and Trauma Support

  
  

A Gift of Hope - Community Mental Health

​Community Mental Health in Medicine Hat offers the following support groups at their office at the Provincial Building (346 - 3rd St SE - use the 2nd street entrance). They run from 11am - 12pm and are drop in on Mondays & Wednesdays. Call 403-529-3500 for more information. 

*The Gift of Hope group is currently postponed until further notice*

Addiction & Mental Health - Adult Services

Addiction counselors and mental health therapists provide treatment for addictions and/or mental illness in a welcoming, client centered atmosphere. Treatment may include individual, family and group as well as consultation and/or referral to your community supports and providers.

Individuals can self-refer, but referrals can also come from medical professionals and community based agencies ( a phone call or doctors note)


Medicine Hat:

Services can be accessed by phoning or walking in, Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00am to 7:15pm and Fridays from 8:00am to 4:30pm

Medicine Hat Phone: 403-529-3500 

1-866-332-2322 (24 Hour Help Line)

Addictions and Mental Health Referral Form - Medicine Hat


Brooks:

Services can be accessed by phoning or walking in, Mondays to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Brooks Addictions Phone: 403-362-1265

Brooks Mental Health Phone: 403-793-6655
1-866-332-2322 (24 Hour Help Line)


In cases of emergency/crisis, please visit the emergency department at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital or Brooks Health Centre, or call Health Link at 811.

Addiction & Mental Health Mobile Application Directory (2018)

This directory provides a list of mobile applications (apps) related to mental health and addiction. It is applicable to all health care professionals, researchers, and community members. 

Addictions and Mental Health Mobile Application Directory 2018

Addictions & Mental Health - Child, Youth, Family & Prevention Services (Medicine Hat)

Offers free services to children, youth and families. Services are offered in individual, family and group settings. Located in the Provincial Building in Medicine Hat - Room 1, 346 3 St SE, Medicine Hat, AB


Services Offered:

-Addiction prevention and mental health promotion including information, education and community collaboration

-Protection against Children Abusing Drugs Act Program (PChAD)

-The PAS Program is a 6 week coordinated academic and therapeutic program for youth in grades 7 to 12. Referrals are completed through school administrators and may be initiated by the parent/guardian

-School-based services whish are completed in the child's school setting. Referrals are made through school staff and may be initiated by the parent/guardian

-Tobacco information, education and cessation including support groups

Services can be accessed by calling 403-529-3582 - option 1 or walking in, Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00am-7:15pm and Fridays from 8:00am-4:30pm.

In cases of emergency/crisis, please visit the emergency department at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, or call HealthLink at 811.

Child and Youth Brochure.pdf


The AHS Provincial Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention Team is pleased to announce the release of the Teen Self-Management for Depression & Anxiety Booklet. This booklet provides evidence-based information and age-appropriate activities (youth ages 13-18) which service providers, parents or caregivers, and youth can use to help manage depression and anxiety as well as support positive mental health and resilience. 

Teen Self-Management for Depression and Anxiety Booklet.pdf

Addictions & Mental Health Outreach Services Medicine Hat

Addictions & Mental Health Outreach Services, located in the RCC Building at 631 Prospect Drive SW (behind the hospital). Offers programming, services and treatment to promote and encourage positive lifestyles and improved quality of life, though an inclusive, client centered, harm reduction approach. 


Community Support program:  Community based support for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction. The primary goal is to promote wellness, encourage and foster independence, build client capacity, and improve quality of life in the community by providing assistance consistent with clients' abilities, goals and available resources.  

Recreation Program: To offer support to individuals with a mental illness and/or addiction. The primary goal of the Recreation Program is to help individuals improve/maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, increase social connections, and promote interactions while improving functioning and independence. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group: Is a 16 week group program that focuses on providing tools for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction to improve their life. DBT Group runs twice a year, starting January and September. 

Depot Clinic: Provides administration of long acting injectable antipsychotic medication and monitoring in clinic for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addition. 

Seniors Addiction and Mental Health Therapy Program: Provides 1:1 therapy for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction. This program fosters engagement, enhanced motivation and improved health by providing community based recovery-oriented therapy for individuals 65+ 

The 10 Keys to Happiness Group: Is for individuals living with mental illness and/or addiction without active delusions, psychosis or mania, who are settled with no disruptive behavior and have the cognitive capacity to participate appropriately in a group setting. Participants are willing and able to attend the group for 1 hour once a week for 10 weeks and not be under the influence of substance during the group. The groups are held on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and require an intake prior to attending. 


Call 403-502-8617 for more information. 

Fax: 403-502-8618

Please use the below referral form when referring or clients. Clients can walk in or phone to self refer. (No self referral for the Depot Clinic) 

Outreach Services Referral Form.pdf

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry - Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (5 North)

Provides a safe environment and care to adults with a range of mental illnesses and with concurrent substance abuse challenges whose mental illnesses need immediate stabilization. Following stabilization, patients are prepared for discharge and transition to the community with referrals for follow-up with appropriate community addiction and mental health medical and social services as required.

Referral required by physician or psychiatrist.
Immediate access for involuntary patients, 0-14      
days for non-acute cases.
 
Phone 403-529-8825
Fax 403-528-5608


Alberta Mental Health Help Line

​Toll Free Crisis Line: 1-877-303-2642

Provides 24/7  confidential, anonymous service,  crisis intervention,  information about mental health programs and services, and/or  referrals to other agencies if needed


Brooks Addiction and Mental Health Community Services

The Brooks Community Mental Health Clinic is located within the Brooks Health Centre at 440 3 Street E, Brooks, Alberta.


Assessment and treatment will include learning about your past history, present situation, and identifying your goals. The counsellor will talk with you about the different treatment options, including counselling to help you reach your goals. Your counsellor will help you choose goals and strategies, make suggestions, and review your progress with you.


A children's counsellor is also available by appointment, to see ages 5 and up.


Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Self referrals accepted.

In cases of emergency/crisis, please visit the emergency department at the Brooks Health Centre.


Hours are Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm (Closed from 12:00pm - 12:45pm)

Phone: 403-793-6655



10 Keys to Happiness - for individuals who experience mental health, addiction or chronic illness concerns and would like to learn about the 10 keys to happier living. This group meets every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30pm at the Brooks Health Centre in the Outpatient Conference room near Living Healthy. To attend this support group patients must be connected to the Brooks Community Mental Health Clinic, for more information please call (403)793-6655.

 

Common Grounds Coffee Time - Come visit, meet new people, enjoy recreational activities and participate in learning activities focused on improving your mental health. This group meets every Tuesday from 1 - 3pm at The Leisure Centre. To attend this support group patients must be connected to the Brooks Community Mental Health Clinic, for more information please call  (403)793-6655.


Anxiety & Depression Learning Series - For individuals looking to obtain information on managing anxiety and depression. This series consists of 6 rotating presentations that cover topics such as assertiveness, self-talk, and lifestyle changes. This group meets every Monday from 12:00 - 1:00pm at the Brooks Health Centre in the Outpatient Conference Room near Healthy Living. There is no referral needed to attend this group; if you would like more information please call (403) 793-6655. 

Bullying Help Line

Connect with helplines if you or someone you know is experiencing bullying or abuse.We are a free, confidential support service who speak to thousands of young people every day - you are not alone. Talk to us - we can help you with whatever you're going through.

Call 1-888-456-2323 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages or find other supports, or visit the online chat to get help anonymously from noon to 8 pm, 7 days a week.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta Southeast Region

​Mental Health Education, Youth Support Worker, Sexual Assault Education, Suicide Prevention Program, Support Groups


 
Whisper of Wellness Peer Support Group (WOW)
A group for people living with mental health issues. This is an open group, which means you can join at any time and are not required to attend every meeting. WOW provides opportunities to learn more about coping with mental health issues while meeting people who have similar experiences.
Every Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30pm at the CMHA office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE).For more information call 403-504-1811, ext 106.
Cost: FREE. 

Caregiver Connections Drop-in Support Group
This drop-in peer-to-peer family support group is for parents and/or caregivers of children or young adults experiencing a mental health concern or addiction. This program offers compassionate support from a peer, who has "been there" as well as a CMHA staff member. Specific information and resources will be shares which will assist you in your care-giving while maintaining your own mental health. 
Drop-in Group: Thursdays from 3-5pm at the Medicine Hat Public Library Legion room.
Closed Group: Dates TBA. Call 403-504-1811, ext 106 for more information
Cost: FREE


Hope & Healing After Suicide Support Group
Losing a loved one to suicide can often leave us feeling confused, angry and alone. This 9 week support group provides an opportunity to explore and share feelings with others who have also experienced a loss due to suicide.
For more information or to find out the next session dates, call  403-504-1811, ext 102 or bmellen@cmha-aser.ca
Next session: February 11 - March 31, 2020 (every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks from 6:30-8:30pm). 
Cost: $15.00 


Living Life To The Full
Want to know how to feel better right now? Sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, get out more, enjoy better relationships, help others - learn all that in 8 enjoyable 90 minute sessions. Visit www.llttf.ca to find out more. 
For more information call 403-504-1811, ext 106.
Next session: January 23 to March 12, 2020 from 6-8pm at the CMHA Office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE).
Cost: $60.00 (subsidies available)

Caregiver Coalition of Southeast Alberta

​Southeast Alberta Caregivers have come together to support those who care for loved ones, friends or family members on a regular basis.

For the summer we're going to meet at Veteran's Park downtown - across from City Hall.  (The "train park").  Bring your chair and some water.  If it rains, there's a bandshell there to keep us dry.  

Children's Allied Health (Formerly CHADS)

Children's Allied Health offers skill-building, assessment, and treatment activities for the families of children who have or may develop emotional or behavioural problems, developmental delays, or disabilities.

Serves Southeastern Alberta, including Medicine Hat, Brooks, Bow Island, Bassano, & Oyen. This program is offered free of charge through Alberta Health Services.



All referrals are made through the Medicine Hat location:
Phone: 403-529-8966
Fax: 403-529-8859

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Families may self-refer. For third party referrals, parent/legal guardian must be aware of and give permission for referral.


The Children's Allied Health core team includes:


Behavioural Services:
  • Kids-in-Between Group: for children 6 to 7 years whose parents are separated or divorced
  • Kids-in-Control Group: anger management group for children 4 to 7 years
  • Bravehearts - Building Courage through Play Group for children ages 3-5 and their parents
  • Sleep Seminar: information and supports to prevent sleep deprivation and develop healthy sleeping habits in children
  • Parent support groups
  • Consultation services for parents
  • Child behavioral assessment services
  • Open referral for families with children aged 7 years and under


Home Based Development Services (HBD):
  • Screening and developmental play strategies for children / families with developmental delays, disabilities, and / or premature births
  • Open referral for children from birth to 3½ years


Occupational Therapy (OT):
  • For children having trouble with fine motor skills, visual-motor skills, perceptual skills, self-care skills, play skills, or who are having trouble coping within their environment
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years


Nutrition Services:
  • Nutrition education and assessment in all areas of nutrition including dealing with sensitivities to food textures, picky eaters, delayed eating skills, and general healthy eating for children
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years
  • Pediatric medical adviser consults with team


Physical Therapy (PT):
  • Focuses on gross motor skills including posture, balance, coordination, and the effect of muscles and joints on these skills
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years


Speech-Language Therapy (SLP):
  • Assessment and treatment of communication and feeding development issues
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) assessment team:
  • Through a contract with Bridges family services, CHADS provides coordination and scheduling for OT and SLP assessments for the FASD clinic in Medicine Hat


Feeding and Swallowing Services:
  • Various disciplines are involved with feeding and swallowing referrals including SLP, OT and Nutrition Services


Developmental and Behavioural Diagnostic Clinic:
  • OT, SLP, Social Work and Psychology work with SE Alberta Pediatricians and schools to gather assessment information to support children and families with complex assessment needs.  This clinic replaces the former Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnostic service.



Crisis Centre Line

​24 hour Crisis Help

 

1-800-263-3045

Distress Centre (Calgary)

​The Distress Centre is a non-profit social agency that delivers 24 hour support, free crisis counselling and resource referral services to the southern Alberta area. Provides 24 hour crisis support services through our 24 hour crisis line, email, daily chat and daily text for youth. 


24-Hour Support:
Crisis Line – 403.266.HELP (4357)

This service is free and is offered in over 200 languages.

Hearing Impaired – 403.543.1967


Online Support:
We understand that you may not be comfortable picking up the phone and calling so we encourage you to use our online chat.

Online Crisis Chat is available from 3pm – 10:00pm weekdays and from noon-10:00pm on weekends. This can be found at the top corner of each page of the website.

GC Counselling Services (Oyen)

GC Counselling Services is located inside Oyen Medical Clinic (312 3 St E, Oyen, AB). For more information, please call the number listed below. 

Phone: 403-664-9290

Email: gc.counsellingservices@gmail.com

Global Village Centre & Healing Path Wellness Centre for Newcomers (Brooks)

Global Village offers support for newcomers, including Youth Leadership & Mentorship, Media Training, Capacity Building, a Homework Club, and Cultural Competence. 

Healing Path Wellness Centre for Newcomers (A Project of Global Village) is located in Brooks, AB. Healing Path team includes a registered psychologist working with a cultural broker, as well as a medical doctor and cultural ambassadors. Our core values reflect the inclusive health practices and cultural needs of the wide range of populations and groups that we serve.


Services may include supporting access to:

- Individual, Couple Cultural Mediation Counselling
- Intercultural Mediation
- Refugee / Immigrant Focused Therapy Counselling Sessions With Cultural Mediation.
- Empowerment and Cultural Education
- Newcomer Health and Wellness Literacy
- Promotion of Cultural Resilience


Healing Path Wellness Centre address: #122 - 327 3rd Street West, Brooks, AB T1R 0E7
Global Village Centre address: 116 2nd Ave West, Brooks, AB T1R 0R9

For more information, please call (403) 362-7204 or email info@globalvillagecentre.ca

Gone Too Soon: Navigating Grief and Loss as a Result of Substance Use Handbook

​The handbook provides practical information for individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one due to substance use, and includes Alberta-specific protocols and resources.  Healthcare and community service providers can also download and print this online resource.  Key themes include:  Grief and loss, substance-related stigma, self-care, social connection, counselling support, and practical considerations following the loss.  

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Alberta/AlbertaDocuments/if-amh-gone-too-soon.pdf 


Legacy Place Society

​Provide empathetic support that builds resiliency individually and within our Responder (Peace Officers, Fire Fighters, EMS, 911 Dispatch) and Military Families.

 

Programs - Accommodations (Houses), Peer Support & Family Assistance, Family Camp, Family Resiliency Workshops.

 

Our Peer Support and Family Assistance confidential call line is 403-201-9945.  If volunteers are busy and you don’t get connected to one of them, please leave a message with your name and number and we’ll get back to you within 2 hours.  For general inquiries email info@legacyplacesociety.com

Lifetalk Counseling Services - Brooks

Christian Based Counseling

Their counselors counsel people dealing with abuse, alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions, anger, anxiety, childhood adjustments, depression, domestic violence, grief, family, immigration adjustments, marriage, parenting, performance, pre-marital, relationships, self-esteem, stress,  trauma, and unresolved past issues, and more.

Phone: 403-362-2210


Services are available for adults, as well as children ages 5 and up. Children's services often involve a combination of sessions with both the family and child.

 

Group Seminars available through Misspelled WordLifetalk

“Anger and Its Many Faces” - a five week seminar offering a thorough and practical look at anger and its generators. Learn how to deal with frustration, hurt and fear before they are expressed as anger. Cost $20/person (subsidy available). Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Next session will run on Tuesday evenings, January 14 to February 11, 2020. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, plus one (optional) “post-seminar” counselling session. It will be held in room 209 of the Brooks Community Cultural Centre where the Misspelled WordLifetalk office is located (327 3rd St W, Brooks). Those who are interested can call 403-362-2210 to register and for further information. 


"Understanding Grief and Loss" Explore the grief process to facilitate understanding of,  and healing for those who are struggling with loss, change or separation from loved ones. $20/person, $40/couple. Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Those who are interested can call 403-362-2210 for information (sessions will be booked dependent on interest).

Medicine Hat Family Service

​Medicine Hat Family Service is a private not-for-profit organization working to preserve and strengthen families in times of crisis, change and growth. We provide counselling, support and education to families, couples, individuals and young people in need. All services are offered by professional and experienced staff in a safe, caring and confidential environment.


Counselling services include marriage, grief and loss, emotional, self-regulation, men’s and women’s issues, family transition counselling, communication, parent/child issues, stress related issues, family violence counselling, employee assistance programs. Family Life Education courses are also available. Please click here to learn more about Family Life Education courses.

Fees for sessions are based on a board/funded approved sliding fee scale. The minimum charge for a session is $20.


Phone: 403-504-8026

Fax: 403-504-0351

Mental Health Help Line

Alberta Wide.  Provides toll-free, 24/7 telephone service, which offers help for mental health concerns for Albertans.

Provides 24/7:
-confidential, anonymous service
-crisis intervention
-information about mental health programs and services
-referrals to other agencies if needed

Toll free phone: 1-877-303-2642

Mental Health Outreach Depot Clinic

The Mental Health Outreach Depot Clinic provides long acting medication administration via injection and medication and mental health monitoring for clients with a mental illness.

Assists clients with mental illness to improve and or maintain their well being through consistent administration of long acting medications via injection. Staff members:

-assess the individual’s mental health
-monitor effect and side effects of medication
-monitor compliance
-collaborate with the client and their psychiatrist/ physician and
provide education

The community support team assists by transporting clients who would have difficulty getting to the clinic.

Phone: 403-529-8030, 403-502-8617

Private Counseling - Medicine Hat & Brooks Area

A list of private counseling services in the Medicine Hat & Brooks area.

Private Counseling List

Sexual Assault Response Committee - SARC

The Sexual Assault Response Committee and AHS - Addictions & Mental Health offer access to specialized sexual assault/abuse counselling services.

Phone: 403-548-2717

About SARC Brochure


Support Groups:

SARC has developed many group options to increase support options for survivors of sexual violence.You will not be asked to share your story. Instead, we will help you build skills for you to use every day. Support groups are as follows:

Healing House is a weekly psycho-ed group for youth who have experienced sexual trauma. Healing House empowers youth in the recovery process, by offering weekly therapeutic group sessions. 

Sexual Trauma And Recovery (STAR) is a safe space for women 18+ who have experienced sexual trauma. STAR empowers women in the recovery process, by offering weekly therapeutic group sessions. 

The Courage Group is a group for men who have, or are, experiencing addiction and have been impacted by sexual trauma.  

Positive Affirmation Through Healing (PATH) is a safe space for those who are 18+ who have experienced sexual trauma to build confidence and further develop skills learned through STAR and one-on-one therapy. 


Please call 403-548-2717 for dates and further information.

SARC Treatment & Support Groups Brochure

Social Work Services - AHS

Provides psychosocial service, support, and resource information for people in hospital, outpatient programs, and some community care and supported living facilities.

Provides support and resources to promote physical and mental well-being, while also addressing social needs. Helps clients who run into problems because of illness, disability, and/or hospitalization, which may interfere with their being able to get the most benefit from their medical treatment.


Clients are primarily registered as inpatients in an AHS facility or program, but walk-ins are accepted as staff are available.  Walk-in clients do not necessarily require previous AHS involvement. There is usually a 24 to 48 hour wait for people in the hospital. Others may have to wait up to 2 weeks depending on the community and services needed.

Phone: 403-529-8083

Trans Lifeline's Peer Support Hotline

​Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.


The hotline is open 24/7! We have operators guaranteed to be on call during the following hours:
8:00am-2:00am (Mountain Time)
Operators are also frequently available during off-hours, so please call whenever you need to!


Call 1-877-330-6366

Victim Services

Practical and emotional support to victims of crime, accident, or other incidents.

Medicine Hat Police Victim Services: 403-529-8480 (403-529-8481 after hours)
Redcliff RCMP: 403-548-7848
Brooks RCMP: 403-794-4400 (403-362-5535 after hours)

Bassano RCMP: 403-641-3864
Bow Island RCMP: 403-545-6256
Oyen (Big Country RCMP): 403-664-3505