Grief and Depression 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: 

March 7 - Change My Behaviour
March 12 - Handling Negative Emotions
March 14 - Therapist Choice
March 19 - Relationships/Communication
March 21 - Stress Management
March 26 - Self-Worth
March 28 - Setting Goals
April 2 - Therapist Choice
April 4 - Introduction: Anxiety/Depression
April 9 - Mindfulness
April 11 - Too Much Thinking

Addiction & Mental Health - Adult Services

Addition counselors and mental health therapists provide treatment for addictions and/or mental illness in a welcoming, client centred 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. 

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)


Regularly scheduled drop in schedule provides access to a counsellor with minimal wait. Please phone for drop in times.

Booked appointments also avaliable.

Brooks Phone: 403-362-1265
1-866-332-2322 (24 Hour Help Line)

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

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.

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

Angel Dust Healing - Belinda Deis

​Well-being Consultant offering grief and bereavement workshops.

Medicine Hat: 403-527-0345

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 call  403-504-1811, ext 103 or
Next session: March 27 - May 22, 2018, Tuesdays evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at CMHA office.

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 to find out more. To register, call 403-504-1811, ext 106.
Next session: March 22 - May 10, 2018, Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm at CMHA office.

Compassionate Friends

An organization offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all bereaved parents.Open to all bereaved patents, adult siblings, and grandparents.

Friends meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Creekside Centre (#1 Dunmore Road SE). 

Call Donna Rodin for more information, 403-528-9481


Crisis Centre Line

​24 hour Crisis Help



Crossroads Clinic - Brooks

​An overview of all the confidential services we provide at Crossroads Clinic, including: free pregnancy tests, unplanned pregnancy care, pregnancy options support, abortion risks and support,  prenatal education classes, STI and STD testing, post-abortion recovery, and healthy sexual wellness programs.

Office Phone: 403-362-6665
Clinic Help Line: 403-362-4600 (1-855-362-4600)

Support Group: Embrace Hope - for families dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth & infant loss. 1st Wednesday of the month at the Thom's Funeral Reception Centre Grief Resource Centre @ 7pm (Bay 1 - 650 Cassils Rd E, Brooks, AB)

For more information about Embracing Hope, call 403-363-7083.

DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Support Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is used to help individuals validate their present set of circumstances and by encouraging them to change poor coping skills and make lasting positive changes to their lives.  DBT helps in treating of individuals with borderline personality disorder or traits, treatment resistant depression as well as eating disorders. A referral is required to be accepted into this group and individuals are screened to determine if they are therapy ready.
This group is run twice a year, in the spring and in the fall/winter. Sessions are held Thursdays with one group running from 9-11am, and another running from 1-3pm. The next session starts February 1, 2018.

If you require a referral form or would like more information, please contact Michelle at Addiction & Mental Health, 403-529-3500.

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)

GriefShare Support Group - Medicine Hat

GriefShare is open to those who have experienced loss "due to the death of a loved one" (not divorce, loss of job, health, etc.). It is "non-denominational" BUT is biblical based material. 

There is a $20 workbook that is used with the DVD series and also has daily helps for the week. 

This group runs for 13 weeks at a time.  Please call the Hillcrest Church office at 403-526-4010 for more information and next start date. 

Happiness Basics Class

For patients who want to learn skills to increase their happiness and well-being. For more information or to register speak with your PCN nurse or Behavioral Health Consultant.

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

Journey Through Grief Group - Belinda Deis

​An eight week course dealing with grief and loss.

Fall and spring sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm at Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel in the Creekside Centre at #1 Dunmore Rd SE.

The next session will run from March 20 until May 8, 2018.

To register and for more information, please contact Belinda at 403-527-0345 or

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

Life Talk Counseling Services - Brooks

Christian Based Counseling

Our 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.


Group Seminars available through Misspelled WordMisspelled 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, $40/couple. Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Call for information on next session.

“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 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 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 for information on next session.

All of the above programs will be offered at Room 207 Misspelled WordMisspelled WordLifetalk 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

Parent to Parent Support Group

​A support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or a baby at any time.


Meeting are held once a month at Community Health on Dunmore Rd, call 403-581-7591 for information on the next meeting or check their Facebook page.

Private Counseling - Medicine Hat & Area

Richmond Diagnostic Treatment Centre

City: Calgary
Phone: 403-955-8444
Fax: 403-209-2954

Grief Support Program - Provides support for people coping with the death of a loved one, including one-to-one and group counseling. Call 403-955-8011

Osteoporosis Services - This interdisciplinary team provides care and educates patients, the community and other health professionals regarding osteoporosis prevention, treatment, and appropriate resources. Bone health classes are held monthly and are free of charge and open to all interested persons.  Call 403-955-8134

Chronic pain services - Helps people find ways to manage chronic pain (e.g., musculoskeletal, neuropathic, pelvic, or headache pain).

Clients take part in their treatment by going to education sessions, setting goals, and exercising. Other options to manage pain include anesthetic procedures (e.g., nerve blocks) and neuromodulation (e.g., stimulators, pumps).

This service also works with the Living Well program to offer education sessions in the community. Call 403-943-9900

Weight Management Program - This program offers a wide range of services and treatment options to assist with weight management including. Call 403-955-8118


Calgary Adult Bariatric Specialty Clinic - This clinic provides medical, psychological, and surgical interventions for weight management and improving health. Support is provided to individuals with obesity who require complex medical management and/or surgical intervention. Call 403-955-8088


Diabetes Insulin Pump Clinics - Provides support for people with Type 1 diabetes who use an insulin pump. An insulin pump is a device a person wears instead of giving daily insulin injections. It is portable and can be programmed. It’s about the size of a pager and delivers fast-acting insulin through a small tube that is put under the skin. The site has to be changed every 2 to 3 days.  

Call 403-955-8118 or the booking line 403-955-8146


Referral by fax for consultation. Lab work forwarded by referring physician.

Safe Place Support Group - Brooks

Safe Place is a suicide survivor peer support group. They provides free monthly peer support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Safe Place Meetings are designed to provide suicide survivors with a supportive environment where they can talk about their thoughts and feelings and share experiences tied to their loss in the company of people who are coping with similar emotions and issues.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Phone: 403-378-4550

Support Group takes place on the last Wednesday of every month (except December) @ 7pm Thom’s Grief Resource Centre, Unit 1 – 500 Cassils Road East

Sexual Assault Response Committe - SARC

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

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.

Sunset Counselling Services - Medicine Hat

Misspelled WordLynett Misspelled WordGetz hosts grief support groups at the Misspelled WordSaamis Creekside Centre.

Understanding Your Grief: 12 Week Educational, Support & Therapy Group. Cost is $150; this includes text, journal, and sessions. Family discounts available. Pre-registration is required.
Next group begins February 26, 2018.

Call 403-580-0398 for more information about upcoming groups and registration details. 

If there are individuals who are unable to afford the fee, please speak with Misspelled WordLynett.