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. Upcoming topics: 


September 17 - Handling Negative Emotions
September 19 - Relationships/Communication
September 24 - Stress Management
September 26 - Therapist's Choice
October 1 - Self-worth
October 3 - Setting Goals
October 8 - Stat holiday, no session
October 10 - Introduction: Anxiety & Depression
October 15 - Mindfulness
October 17 - Therapist's Choice
October 22 - Too Much Thinking
October 24 - Relaxation
October 29 - Change My Misspelled WordBehaviour
October 31 - Handling Negative Emotions
November 5 - Therapist's Choice
November 7 - Relationships/Communication
November 12 - Stat holiday, no session
November 14 - Stress Management
November 19 - Self-worth
November 21 - Setting Goals
November 26 - Therapist's Choice
November 28 - Introduction: Anxiety & Depression
December 3 - Mindfulness
December 5 - Too Much Thinking
December 10 - Relaxation
December 12 - Therapist's Choice
December 17 - Change My Misspelled WordBehaviour
December 19 - Handling Negative Emotions
December 24 - Relationships/Communication
December 26 - Stat holiday, no session
December 31 - Stress Management

Addiction & Mental Health - Adult Services

Addition 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)


Brooks:

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

Brooks Phone: 403-362-1265
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 HealthLink at 811.

Addiction & Mental Health Mobile Application Directory (2017)

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 2017

Addictions & Mental Health - Child, Youth & Family 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 403-529-3500 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.


2018 Groups


Storm Transformers:

Mood Regulation Group for ages 7-9

A play-based program that teaches children essential resilience skills such as: how to recognize, understand, and regulate their emotions, increase positive coping skills, develop social & emotional skills, and strengthen relationships. This group allows children to process and practice new skills, which will support them in feeling balanced and happy.

*Please call 403-529-3500 for more information about future sessions.


Worry Warriors:

Calming strategies that teach identification of feelings, thoughts, body sensations and environmental stressors. The aim of this group is to assist childen to use calming strategies to cope with their emotions. Strong emotions are identified and strategies to build emotional resilience are taught. Each session's goal is to increase the child's self-awareness and teach skills for working through strong emotiong which they are able to use throughout their life.

*Please call 403-529-3500 for more information about future sessions.

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 Community Support Program, Recreation Program, Seniors Addiction & Mental Health Therapy, Depot Clinic, & Therapy Groups.


Group Works is a group therapy program offered as a community based program and inpatient mental health unit program. Group Works is an opportunity for people to learn more about promoting their own mental health.

The 10 Keys to Happiness is a 10 week group that individuals can self refer to and attend on either Tuesdays or Thursdays at 1 pm. Individuals need to have a mental health diagnosis and meet for intake prior to attending.



Phone: 403-502-8617

Fax: 403-502-8618

Prefer written referrals from other partners, agencies and doctors. Clients can walk in or phone to self refer. For more information, please see referral form below.

Addiction and Mental Health Outreach Services Referral Form.doc

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

​Crisis Line 1-877-303-2642

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


Brooks Community Mental Health Clinic

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 suggetions, 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. You do not need a referral to attend this group, if you are interested in finding out more about the program 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. You do not need a referral to attend this group, if you are interested in finding out more about the program call (403)793-6655.

Bullying Help Line

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.

1-888-456-2323

Canadian Mental Health Association

​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 at 7:00 at the CMHA office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE). Cost: FREE. For more information call 504-1811, ext 111.

Hope & Healing After Suicide Support Group
9 week support group provides an opportunity to explore and share feelings with others who have also experienced a loss due to suicide.
Registration fee: $15.00. For more information or to find out the next session dates, call  403-504-1811, ext 103 or ereeder@cmha-aser.ca

Caregiver Connections Drop-in Support Group
Peer-to-peer family support program for parents and caregivers of children or young adults experiencing a mental health concern.
Every Monday evening from 6:30-8:00pm at at the CMHA office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE). For more information call 403-504-1811, ext 115

Living Life To The Full
Sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, get out more, enjoy better relationships. help others - learn all that and more in 8 enjoyable 90 minute sessions. Registration fee:$40.00 (subsidies available).
Visit www.livinglifetothefull.ca to find out more. For more information or to find out the next session dates, call 403-504-1811, ext 106.

Children's Health and Developmental Services (CHADS)

CHADS offers s kill-building, s upport and treatment for the families of children who have developmental delays, disabilities or emotional behavioural concerns.

Children's Health and Developmental Services (CHADS) 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 CHADS core team includes:

Behavioural Services
  • Provides consultation services to parents of children with behavioural needs in one setting; Parent Support Groups & Children’s Treatment Groups focusing on addressing anxiety, anger and parental divorce issues; Monthly Sleep Seminars; Referral Services.
  • Open referral for children age 7 years and under.



Home Based Development (HBD):
  • Provides screening and treatment for children with developmental delays, disabilities and/or premature births. 
  • Open referral birth to 3.5 years of age.


Occupational Therapy (OT):
  • Focuses on the assessment and intervention for fine motor, visual-motor, perceptual, sensory-motor, self-care and play skills. Concerns may be a result of neurological or musculoskeletal conditions, developmental delay or sensory-motor processing difficulties.
  • Open referral for children birth to 18 years of age.


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


Nutrition/Registered Dietitian (RD):
  • Focuses on any nutrition, growth, or feeding concerns. This includes assessing a child's diet for adequate nutrition, monitoring height and weight, and providing education on introducing solids and new textures of foods, picky eating, food allergies or intolerances, general healthy eating and special diets such as vegetarian or gluten free.
  • Open referral for children birth to 18 years of age.


Social Work:
  • Provides assessment of need and urgency and provides parents seeking referral with information along with case management, transition planning, prevention, promotion and counseling regarding clinical and support services. Consults and collaborates with the CHADS team, along with community agencies to ensure that the child and family receive the most appropriate service available in response to parent priorities and goals for their child.


Speech-Language Therapy (SLP):
  • Focuses on the assessment and treatment of children for communication and feeding development. This includes pre-speech, early language, speech sound production, speech generating communication devices, use of picture symbol communication, sign language use, fluency (stuttering), oral motor, chewing, sucking and swallowing development.
  • Open referral for children birth to 18 years of age.


Pediatric Medical Adviser:
  • Consults with CHADS team.

Crisis Centre Line

​24 hour Crisis Help

 

1-800-263-3045

Distress Centre

​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. 


We do not define crisis.  We do not judge. Anyone can call us day or night.

For information on community, social, and health services near you call our 24 hour support line: 211

 
HELP LINE 1-403-266-4357
 
Or 1-800-784-2433 (24 Hour)

Hillcrest Church - Medicine Hat

​Would you like someone to talk to? If you are going through a difficult situation, decision, or relationship struggle, we want to connect you with a professional counselor with a Christ-centered perspective.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program based on 8 recovery principles from the Beatitudes and the 12-Steps and their biblical comparisons. It will help you deal with your hurts, habits and hang-ups by providing support, encouragement and accountability. Every Thursday from 7-10pm.
Everyone welcome!


Phone: 403-526-4010

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.


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 Lifetalk

“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. Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Next session will will run on Tuesday evenings, September 11 to October 9, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, plus one (optional) “post-seminar” counselling session. It will be held in room 209 of the Community Cultural Centre where the Lifetalk office is located (327 3rd St W, Brooks). Those who are interested can call 403-362-2210 to register and for further information. 


“Active Parenting of Teens” - a six week video seminar offering skills, discussion and support to guide your teens through the most turbulent period of their lives. Cost $20/person, $40/couple. Facilitated by Arnie Weber.  Call 403-362-2210 for information on next session. 


"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. Call 403-362-2210 for information on next session.


Walking Alongside the Depressed” - a seminar enabling participants to understand depression and current treatments, to encourage friends and family to helpfully walk alongside those struggling with depression. Call 403-362-2210 for information on next session.

All of the above programs will be offered at Room 207 Lifetalk Seminar Room in Brooks Community Cultural Center at 327 - 3rd St W, Brooks. For more information & to register, call 403-362-2210.

Medicine Hat Family Services

​Medicine Hat Family Service responds to changing community needs to enhance the quality of life for individuals, couples and families through counseling and family life education.

Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss Counseling, Emotional Counseling, Men's and Women's issues, Family Transition Counseling, Communication Counseling, Parent/Child issues, Stress Related Issues Counseling, Family Violence Counseling, Employee Assistance Programs Counseling


Phone 403-504-8026

Fax 403-504-0351

Medicine Hat Trauma & Stress Community Support Network

Hosts an informal support group for PTSD every Monday at 7pm at the Westminster United Church (side door). Call Les for more information 403-866-0449

Private Counseling - Medicine Hat & Area

Sexual Assault Response Committee - SARC

​SARC and Alberta Health Services - Mental Health and Addictions offer access to specialized sexual assault/abuse counselling services.


Sexual Trauma & Recovery (STAR) Support Group - Sept 12 - Nov 28 (5:30 - 7:30pm) Therapeutic Group for women 18+ who have experienced sexual trauma, group members build skills to start and continue their healing journey. 

Positive Affirmation Through Healing (PATH) - Starting Sept 11 (5:30-7pm) Weekly support group for women who have experienced sexual trauma. 

Mindfulness Group every Friday 12:10 - 12:50. Drop in group. Open to all genders. 

One on One Therapy - available to help individuals (including children and youth 5 and up) who have experienced sexual violence. 

Healing House - Sept 13 to Oct 25 (4:00 - 6:00pm) Support Group for youth 14 - 18  who have experienced sexual trauma. 

Youth Drop-In - ages 12-17 

To access any of the above services please call SARC and book an intake appointment where a SARC employee will explain the services, your rights and responsibilities, and help you determine what option is best for you. 

Please call 403-548-2717 to learn more.

Southeast Alberta Caregivers

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

 
Support groups:
 
The Kitchen Is Open - Family caregiver coffee & chat. 3rd Tuesday of the month 1:30-3:00pm at the Canadian Mental Health Association boardroom (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE).  
 

Compass for the Caregiver is a 9 week Caregiver Workshop - contact the Canadian Mental Health Association for more information and dates 403-504-1811.

Southeast Alberta Caregivers also hosts annual full day workshops in November. Call Lorna Scott 403-548-8437 for more info.

Victim Services

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

Medicine Hat: 403-529-8480
Redcliff (RCMP): 403-548-7848
Brooks & Bassano: 403-362-5548 or 403-794-4455
Bow Island: 403-545-2784
Oyen (Big Country RCMP): 403-664-3505