Support Groups

  
  

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*

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

Al-Anon Family Group

​An international "fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems." The group's purpose is to "help families of alcoholics by practicing the Twelve Steps." 

Toll Free Phone: 1-888-4-ALANON (425-2666)

Medicine Hat Groups:
Monday 1:30pm @ Victory Lutheran Church
Tuesday 1:30pm @ Victory Lutheran Church
Tuesday 8:00pm @ AA Club House
Wednesday 8:00pm @ Westminster United Church
Thursday 8:00pm @ Westminster United Church
Saturday 11:00am @ Victory Lutheran Church

Call 403-527-8252 for more information regarding support groups in Medicine Hat.

 
Brooks Groups:
Thursday 7:00pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church (811 Cassils Road W)
 

Call 403-793-3337 for more information regarding support groups in Brooks.

Alberta Gamblers Anonymous

​Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

 

Gambling Addiction Information and Treatment Hotline 1-866-332-2322

 

Support Groups:

-Mondays from 7:30-9:00pm at Gas City Kiwanis Centre, Room 5 (826 - 11th St SE - Medicine Hat)


-Canada Phone Meeting
Tuesdays @ 6:45 pm Pacific Daylight Time


Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 403-527-2065

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. 


Group meetings can be open or closed. Closed meetings are for AA members only, open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous' program of recovery from alcoholism.


Support Groups: 

Find a meeting website: http://area78.org/find-a-meeting


Medicine Hat
-Sunday: 10am @ Alano Club (466 MacLeod Tr SE); 10am @ AA Central Office (1710 Gershaw Dr SW); 8pm @ AA Central Office (last Sunday of each month ONLY)
-Monday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 7pm @ Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (meet at Tim Hortons); 7pm @ AA Central Office; 8pm @ Westminster United Church (101 6 St SE)
-Tuesday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 7pm @ Bridge Church - Back Room (350 1 Ave NE); 8pm @ Victory Lutheran Church (2793 Southview Dr SE); 8pm @ Alano Club
-Wednesday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 8pm @ AA Central Office (closed)
-Thursday: 12pm @ AA Central Office; 8pm @ AA Central Office; 8:06pm @ Alano Club
-Friday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 8pm AA Central Office
-Saturday: 10am @ AA Central Office; 2pm @ AA Central Office; 7pm @ AA Central Office 

Redcliff

-Thursday: 7pm @ Gordon Memorial United Church - Basement (401 2 Street SE, Redcliff)


Brooks
-Thursday: 8pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church (811 Cassils Road W)
-Saturday: 8pm @ Brooks United Church (507 3rd Avenue W)

Alzheimer Society

​Caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s or a related disease is a commendable and busy undertaking. Support groups provide an informal setting where you can: rejuvenate, learn new information, and share with others experiencing similar situations.

The Alzheimer Society has a new program called First Link a referral program designed to help newly diagnosed people with dementia get the help they need as soon as possible. See their website for more information. Referral form is below; fax or email referral forms. 

First Link Referral Form

Medicine Hat phone 403-528-2700

Toll-free Fax: 1-877-788-5993

Email: firstlink@alzheimer.ab.ca


Care Partners Support Groups (for family and friends of those living with dementia)

- Alzheimer Society Office in the Medical Arts Building - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00pm

-Veiner Centre - 1st Thursday of each month at 10:00am


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. 

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)

Community Health Services - Prenatal & Postnatal Classes

Prenatal & postnatal classes are held at Medicine Hat Community Health Services (2948 Dunmore Road SE). For more information or to register, please call  403-502-8215.  Please have your Alberta Health Care Number available when you call.

PART 1:   Baby Building (Free, 2 classes)
Designed for the early part of pregnancy—the sooner, the better!
Topics covered:
-Prenatal Nutrition 
-Body Changes
-Medical Tests
-Lifestyle Choices
-Emotional changes
-Signs of Preterm Labour


PART 2:  Labour & Delivery ($40, 2 or 4 class series depending on due date and preferences)
Usually attended in the 3rd trimester. A hospital tour is included.
Topics covered are:
-Labour and Delivery
-Medical Interventions
-Recovery and Postpartum
-Newborn Care
-Infant feeding


PART 3:  Baby Steps ($40, 6 class series)
Attend after your baby is born (bring your baby to class).
Available topics:
-Adjusting to Parenthood
-Infant Sleep Patterns
-Common Illness
-Brain Development
-Infant Massage
-Caring for You and Your Baby
-Infant Safety
-Sex, Love, and Babies
-Baby Wearing
-Nutrition
-Childcare Options
-Growth and Development

If finances are a concern, please call  403-502-8215. You may qualify for free classes.



To book pre and postnatal classes online, or to find information about the Best Babies program, please visit:

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, self-help organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. 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

In Brooks call: 403-362-3033

Brochure

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Peer Support

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Peer Support initiative is an email based mentoring and support program for Canadians affected by Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This program matches experienced individuals (mentors) who have been living with Crohn’s or colitis, or their caregivers, with individuals who are newly diagnosed, facing a change in their diagnosis or life situation, or are caring for someone diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis (mentees).

-The program provides one-on-one advice on how to deal with aspects of everyday living with Crohn’s or colitis - including work, school, relationships, stress/anxiety, and travel.
-Mentors offer emotional support by showing people impacted by Crohn's or colitis that they're not alone.
-The program does not provide professional counselling or medical advice.

Crossroads Clinic - Brooks

Crossroads Clinic provides whole person health care that includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our clients. All services are free, optional, and client-led.

Services include:
-Sexually transmitted infection (STI/STD) testing
-Free pregnancy tests
-Pregnancy options support
-Pap testing
-Sexual trauma support
-Post-abortion support
-Healthy relationship coaching
-Prenatal education classes
-Community education


Phone: 403-362-4600
Toll-Free: 1-855-362-4600
Office: 403-362-6665
Fax: 403-501-3969


Support Group: Embrace Hope - for families dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth & infant loss.

Anyone interested can call the clinic at 403-362-4600 or 362-6665 for support.

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. 

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

Diabetes Canada (Formerly Canadian Diabetes Association)

Leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. Community education, management, needle disposal & clothes line.


Calgary and District Branch: 403.266.0620 

Information and Support: 1.800.226.8464 or email info@diabetes.ca

Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF)

A non-profit organization committed to building dementia awareness for those living with dementia under 65.

The Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF) has a Dementia Smart Life Line for caregivers. A mentor with experience living with dementia is available to speak with you and help you navigate dementia related resources (Email REP@EODAF.COM or call 780-863-0730, long distance charges may apply).


For more information on services that may be of value please see their website or call 780-863-0730.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

​Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have experienced difficulties in life as a result of the way we used to eat.

Our program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. We make use of AA principles to gain freedom from addictive eating. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings. Membership is open to anyone who wants help with food.


Call 403-878-3403

Medicine Hat meetings are Monday evenings 7-8:30pm at the Heights Baptist Church

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. 

Please call the Hillcrest Church office at 403-526-4010 for more information.

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.

HELP-AB (Helping to Ease Alberta's Pain)

We are a chronic pain patient advocacy, support and education group that is fighting for the better treatment of chronic pain while offering support for patients, families and doctors that are impacted by it. Join the discussion, tell us your story, and learn more about the issues facing chronic pain patients. 


For one-on-one support, advocacy, or more information, contact Sandie at 403-952-6319.


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. Group size is 4-10 participants.

Program fee is $60 per person or $100 per couple.

The next session will run from March 24 to May 12, 2020. To register, please contact Belinda at 403-527-0345 or Belinda_deis@live.ca


JustServe

JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community.

JustServe is a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in posting projects or in encouraging volunteers to serve according to our guidelines.


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).

Living Sober Support Group

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 9:30am, Room 2, 346 3rd Street SE (Provincial Building) in Medicine Hat. Please go to the front receptin desk and they will assist you from there.

Call 403-529-3500 for more information.

 

Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence and in need of support, contact the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society.

Our 24/7 help line is 403-529-1091 or toll free at 1-800-661-7949 to available provide crisis support, safety planning, and information. Intake into programming and more information is also available by calling our administrative line at 403-527-8223.


Phoenix Safe House Emergency Shelter takes in both women and men, with or without children, fleeing from abuse. Both women and men can also do drop-in appointments with crisis workers.


Musasa Second Stage Housing is a long-term (up to one year) safe accommodation for individuals and families that provides one-to-one and group supports, and connection to community supports/resources.


Outreach Services provides one-to-one and group supports for women, men, youth and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence in their homes. Outreach Services are located at #5 1036 – 7th ST. SW (The Ridge).  

Outreach support groups include:
- Seeds to Success Group:  A 6 week group to introduce individuals to group support and the value of groups.  Work will include information on family violence, introduction to groups and safety planning. 
- Journey to Hope and Healing Group:  A 9 week group for individuals who have experienced family violence and working towards healing themselves after abuse.  Topics include; information on family violence, guilt, shame and blame, safety planning, healthy relationships and boundaries.  Individuals are also offered one to one support during this process.

For more information about Outreach groups and services, call 403-527-8223 and asking to speak to the Outreach Program Manager.



Child & Youth Support: is available for children and youth who have experienced and/or witnessed family violence. Support and education are offered to youth, children and their parent(s) through groups, one-to-one or family sessions. 

Support groups include:
- Children’s Support Group:  This group runs weekly from September to June and is open to children ages 6 – 12 who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through child-oriented discussions, activities, games and crafts. This is an open group, so children can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.
- Growing Together:  This group is offered to parents and children. Parents go to an adult group and the children go to a children’s group.  Subject material is the same, but presented appropriate to their age.  During the last 15 minutes of the group, parent and child come together for an attachment
exercise.
- Youth Group: This group runs every other week from September to June and is open to youth 13 years and up who have experienced family violence.  Subject material is based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through discussions, activities, games and crafts.  This is an open group, so youth can begin at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group.

For more information about these groups, and other Child & Youth programming, contact the Children’s Program Manager at 403-527-8223.

MS Society - Southeastern Alberta Chapter

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada provides information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families. Researchers funded by the MS Society are working to develop new and more effective treatments, and to find the cure for MS. 

Call 403-529-6797 for more information.


MS Knowledge Network - call 1.844.859.6789 


Support Groups for People with MS, Families, Friends, and Caregivers:


Medicine Hat Second Tuesday Lunch Group: 12:30 - 2 pm at the MS Office (101, 1201 Kingsway Avenue SE)
The second Tuesday of the month
Please call 403-529-6797 to register.
Bring your lunch, beverages are provided.

Medicine Hat Third Thursday Supper Group: 6:30 pm at Whiskey Creek (937 13 St SW)
Third Thursday of the month
Please call 403-529-6797 to register.
Pay for your own meals/refreshments and share in lively conversation.

Brooks Group:
Third Thursday Lunch Meetings: 11:30 am - 1:00pm at the Hayes Room in City Hall (201 1 Ave W, Brooks)
Please call 403-529-6797 to confirm attendance.
Bring lunch, beverages are provided.

Narcotics Anonymous

​Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and peer support network that are linked together.


Toll Free phone 1-877-463-3537 (24/7 support line)

 

Medicine Hat Support Groups:

Courage to Change Group: Sundays 7pm  @ Westminster United Church (101-6 St SE Basement)

We Do Recover Group: Wednesdays 7pm @ Alano Club (466 MacLeod Trail SE)

Life Savers Group: Fridays 8pm @ Alano Club (466 MacLeod Trail SE)


Brooks Support Groups:

Sundays: 8pm @ Community Health Centre (440 3 St E)

Tuesdays: 8pm @ AHS Building (403 2 Ave W)

Fridays: 8pm @ AHS Building (403  2 Ave W)

Parkinson Association of Alberta - Medicine Hat

​Parkinson Alberta helps make every day better for Albertans affected by Parkinson disease. We provide support services, education, advocacy and funds for research.

Call the PD Helpline for support at  1-877-243-9992. Parkinson Association of Alberta's PD Helpline is a toll-free, confidential service for Albertans affected by Parkinson disease (PD) as well as their healthcare providers. 



Parkinson Alberta hosts the following support groups in the Medicine Hat area. Please call ahead if you are not a member of Parkinson Alberta (call 403-526-5521 for more information):

General Support Group - 4th Tuesday of the month 1:30-3:00PM at CrossRoads Church (1340 - 22 St SE, Medicine Hat)

2020 Parkinson Support Group Poster


Parkinson Association of Alberta is pleased to offer three Telephone Support Groups listed below; advanced registration is required.  For more information or to register, call toll-free 1-800-561-1911.

Care Partners: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Parkinson Disease (general): 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Parkinson's Plus Syndromes: 4th Thursday of the month, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Prostate Cancer Support Group - Medicine Hat

​A local community based Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) Support group that offers support, friendshop, and will share with you stories of personal journeys from symptoms to diagnosis, to treatment options and recovery, with a view to assist in making decisions for the future. All interested are welcome.


Prostate Cancer Support Group meets the last Saturday of every month (except July & August) at the lower floor meeting room in St. Patrick's Church (west side entrance) at 10am. Spouses are welcome.

For more information contact Hugh English at henglish@telus.net or 403-502-5863, or Jack Knowles at knowsecx@memlane.com or 403-526-2108.

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta

​Working towards improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis. Family members and caregivers connect to learn and share experiences. The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta has a branch office in Medicine Hat; for more information call 403-526-8515.  

 

Support Group Calendar


The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta also offers Online programing, a free online support for people with schizophrenia and their families that can be accesses anywhere you have an internet connection and a phone, computer or tablet. Registration is available on the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta website prior to each session.

Services for Seniors at the Veiner Centre & Strathcona Centre

Senior Services are offered at the Veiner Centre, at 255 Woodman Ave SE, and Fitness Classes are offered at the Strathcona Centre, at 1150 5th Street SE in Medicine Hat.

Strathcona Centre

The Strathcona Centre has reopened and is a hub of activity for the 50+ crowd. They offer drop in sports in the gymnasium and new equipment in the fitness centre. Fitness classes are also offered. For more information, please call 403-529-8307.

 

Veiner Centre

Senior Services promotes the well-being of people 50+ through various support services through the Veiner Centre. This centre is both run by a dedicated team of city staff members, as well as a huge amount of support from volunteers and community partners.

Veiner Centre main phone number: 403-529-8307

Seniors Outreach: 403-529-8368 
Health, Fitness & Recreation: 403-529-8307 
Information Office: 403-529-8307 
Meals On Wheels: 403-525-8885
BRANCH Senior Support: 403-504-1811 ext. 114

 

Supportive Counseling Services

Held on the second Wednesday of each month. Members of the Medicine Hat Senior Services can access Supportive Counseling Services for a FREE telephone or in-person consultation with Medicine Hat Family Service professionals on stress management, family issues or health and age-related losses. Call 403-529-8307 to book a free 1 hour appointment, in the newly renovated private office in the Veiner Centre.

 

DILLS - Drop In Life Long Learning Series

Held one Wednesday per month from September through May. 

 

Wellness Wednesday Presentations

Held one Wednesday per month from September through June. Please register by calling 403-529-8307. 

 

 

Care Partner Support Meeting

The Alzheimer Society is holding a Care Partner Support meeting for family and friends of those living with dementia. This will take place on the first Thursday of every month at 10:00am at the Veiner Centre. If you are interested in attending this drop-in program, please call the Alzheimer Society at 403-528-2700.

 

 

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

The Caregiver's Lighthouse

Lorna Scott offers expertise as a coach and counsellor for families during a time of caregiving. She offers workshops and resources and individual coaching/strategies for caregivers in the Medicine Hat area. Call or visit the website for more information about workshops.


Phone: 403-548-8437
Toll Free: 1-888-746-8130
Email: lorna@thecaregiverslighthouse.com 


"The Kitchen is Open" Family Caregiver Coffee & Chat Group

A place for family caregivers to come together with other caregivers, learn about community resources, chat and relax. The group is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:30-3:00pm, at the Canadian Mental Health Association Boardroom (204 - 1865 Dunmore Rd SE, Medicine Hat). For more information or to register, please call 403-548-8437.

TrueNTH Lifestyle Management

A website and online portal (lifestyle.truenth.ca) has been developed which offers Physical Activity, Stress-Reduction, and Nutrition Programs and Resources for Men Living with Prostate Cancer.


WellSpring - Calgary

Wellspring offers programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer, their caregivers and their families. All Wellspring programs, services and resources are evidence based, offered free of charge and without referral. 

Wellspring offers a very wide range of online programs and telephone based support services available, financial support service called Money Matters, Peer Support telephone based support and transition coaching. 


Women's Cancer Support Group  - Medicine Hat

​A local support group for women of all ages, with all types of cancer, at all stages of their cancer journey. They share trust, friendship, and good humour in a respectful and confidential setting.

For more information, please email medicinehatwomenscancergroup@gmail.com.

 

Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month (excluding July, August, & December) at the Medicine HaPublic Library, downstairs in the Legion Room, from 7-9pm. 2020 dates will be:

January 22    
February 26     
March 25    
April 22    
May 27
June 24-Luncheon TBA    
September 23    
October 28    
November 25


Refreshments and snacks will be provided, as well as access to Wifi.

2020 Women's Cancer Support Group Poster