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 - noon and are drop in on Mondays & Wednesdays. Call 403-529-3500 for more information. Upcoming topics: 


Handling Negative Emotions  - Dec 4
Therapist's Choice - Dec 6
Relationships/Communications - Dec 11
Stress Management - Dec 13
Self-Worth - Dec 18
Setting Goals - Dec 20
Therapist's Choice - Dec 27

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: 1-888-4ALANON (425-2666)

Medicine Hat Support Groups:
Tuesday 1:30pm - Victory Lutheran Church
Wednesday 8pm @ AA Club House 
Thursday 8pm @ Westminster United Church
Saturday 11am @ Victory Lutheran Church
 
Brooks: Thursday 8pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church (811 Misspelled WordCassils Road W)
 

Medicine Hat can call 403-527-8252 for more information regarding support groups.

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.


Support Groups
Medicine Hat
Sunday: 10am @ Alano Club & Central Office, 2pm @ AA Central Office
Monday: 12pm @ Alano Club, 7pm Medicine Hat Regional Hospital
Tuesday: 8pm @ Remand Centre
Wednesday: 8pm @ Family Support Centre
Thursday: 8pm @ Alano Club
Friday: 8pm AA Central Office
Saturday: 10am @ AA Central Office, 8pm @ Westminster United Church

Brooks
Thursday: 8pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Saturday: 8pm @ Brooks United Church

Alzheimer's 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's 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 to the program is attached. 
 
Care Partners Support Group - 4th Wednesday of each month at the Alzheimer's Society Office in the Medical Arts Building from 1-3pm.

Alzheimers Referral Form.pdf

Medicine Hat phone 403-528-2700

Canadian Diabetes Association

​We're 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.

CDA is currently running a support group the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:30 - 9:30pm in boardroom #2 at the Family Leisure Center. This support group does not run in July or August.  

Calgary 1-800-226-8464 or email info@diabetes.ca


Canadian Mental Health Association

​Mental Health Education, Sexual assault Education, Suicide, Prevention Program, Family Support Group ,Suicide Bereavement Support Group, Whispers of Wellness Mental Health Club

 

Seniors' Outreach Program - Working to prevent the abuse of older adults.

 
Whisper of Wellness Peer Support Group (WOW)
A group for people living with mental health issues. This is an open group. WOW provides opportunities to learn more about coping with mental health issues while meeting people who have similar experiences.
Wednesday evening at 7:00 at St Barnabas Church (635 - 4th St SE). The group is held in the church’s hall which can be accessed through the door off the parking lot on 5th St SE. For more info call 504-1811

Hope & Healing After Suicide Support Group - Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm starting October 3, 2017 - November 28, 2017, $15 registration fee call 403-504-1811 Misspelled Wordext 103 for more information or to register.

Caregiver Coalition of Southeast Alberta

​The Caregiver Coalition of Southeast Alberta has come together to support those who care for loved ones, friends or family members on a regular basis.

 
The Coalition host a support group:
 
The Kitchen Is Open - Family caregiver coffee & chat. 3rd Tuesday of the month 1:30-3:00 at the Canadian Mental Health Association boardroom 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

 

The Caregivers Coalition also hosts a annual full day workshop in November.

Call Lorna Scott 403-548-8437 for more info

Community Health Servcies - Baby Steps

Information session for parents with babies please contact the 

Public Health office at 2948 Dunmore Rd SE in Medicine Hat for more informatio.



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

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Crohn's Colitis Canada Medicine Hat Chapter

​Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is excited to introduce Gutsy Peer Support, a confidential on-line portal where volunteer mentors who have been living with Crohn’s and colitis provide psycho-social and emotional support to mentees who may be newly diagnosed or going through a change in their diagnosis or life situation.

The key goals of the Gutsy Peer Support program is to provide:

  • one-on-one advice on how to deal with psycho-social aspects of everyday living with Crohn’s and colitis (work, school, relationships, stress/anxiety, travel & leisure, etc.)
  • emotional support based on experiential discussions (and will not include therapeutic/ treatment/medical advice)

 

For more information about the Gutsy Peer Support program, please visit www.gutsypeersupport.ca or call 1-888-884-2232

Crossroads Clinic

​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.

 

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 4 - 650 Cassils Rd E)

DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Support Groupp

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.
 
We run this group typically twice a year, two groups are run in the fall and two in the winter/spring months.  The group usually runs Wednesday mornings and a second one runs Thursday afternoons.  There is a waitlist for this group.  If you require a referral form please or would like more information  contact Marla at AHD Addiction & Mental Health 403-529-3500.

Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF)

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

EODAF has the dementia Smart Life Line for Care Partners. It provides personal contact by phone, text, email or in person.

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 403-8778-3403

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

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 Group

Mondays & Thursdays @ 7:30 Gas City Kiwanis Centre (826 - 11th St SE - Medicine Hat)

GriefShare Support Group - Hillcrest Church (Medicine Hat)

GriefShare is open only 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 gorup runs for 13 weeks at a time.  Please call the 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. Thursdays 7-10pm.

Everyone welcome!


Phone: 403-526-4010


Infertility Support Group

Wednesday at 7pm - Health Unit on Dunmore Road - Use back door for more information call 403-529-1979

Journey Through Grief Group - Belinda Deis

​An eight week course dealing with grief and loss.

For the next session dates and times please contact Belinda at 403-527-0345 or Belinda_deis@live.ca
 

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 3

 

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

Living Sober Support Group

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 9:30am, Room 2, 346 3rd Street SE (Provincial Building) in Medicine Hat. Call 403-529-3500 for more information.

 

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

Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society (Phoenix Safe House)

​If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence and in need of support, please contact the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society crisis line at (403) 529-1091 or call our toll free number at 1-800-661-7949 (24 hours)

Phone 403-527-8223 (Admin) 

Fax 403-526-0209

 

Support Groups

 

For Teens – Building Teen Wellness – this is a community group run a few times a year (basically, whenever they have a group of interested teens) – it’s 6 weeks, and they talk about healthy relationships, self-esteem and other things like that. If interested teens or parents can call the shelter and ask for Vikki.

For Children – Children's Support Group – runs from September to June, kids can attend whether or not they have been attached to shelter, but the subjects are based on that education around family violence, safety planning, and other kid oriented activities. This is an open group, so they will take kids at any time in the year as long as there is space in the group. If interested they can call Bev or Katrina at the shelter.

Courage to Change – offered once in fall and once in spring, this is an 11 week educational program that helps women recognize healthy boundaries, signs and types of abuse and how to break the cycle of abuse. Women can call the shelter to register (there is also a men’s group of the same name offered through Medicine Hat Family Services, it’s a partnership)

Journey to Hope and Healing – offered once in fall and once in spring, this is a 14 week group for women who are working on healing themselves after abuse. Topics such as guilt, shame and blame, forgiveness and the process of change are discussed, as well as grief, self-esteem and healthy relationships. Women are also offered one to one support during this process

For moms and kids – Growing Together – this group is offered to mom and child – mom goes to an adult group and child goes to a children's group (learn the same material as appropriate to their age) and then the last 15 minutes of group mom and child come together for an attachment exercise. Mom’s can call Katrina at the shelter for more info.

One to One – if a man or woman who is experiencing or has experienced abuse needs one on one support but group is not available, they can choose to see an Outreach worker. A referral can be called in to Nattie at the shelter and Nattie would assign it to an Outreach worker. We highly suggest one to ones before group just because sometimes women aren’t quite ready to share in a group setting and thrive more in a one on one.

Mental Health Outreach - Brooks

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 - 2:30 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 - 3 at The Well. 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

MS Society - Southeastern Alberta Chapter

​The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is here to help. No one needs to face MS alone. In communities across Canada, the MS Society 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. Their ultimate goal is to find the cure for MS. Call 403-529-6797 for more information.

 

Support Groups - Monthly meetings participants pay their own meals & refreshments at rotating venues:

Medicine Hat: 1st Monday of the month luncheon @ 11:30 & 3rd Thursday of the month evening meal @ 7pm

Brooks: 1pm meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month

To confirm date and site please call 403-529-6797 

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

 

Brooks:

Sunday @ 8PM The No Name Group @ the Brooks Community Health Centre (440 - 3rd St E)

Friday @ 8PM Tomorrow is Today Group @ Alberta Health Services (back door)

 

Medicine Hat:

Sunday @ 7PM Courage to Change Group @ Westminster United Church (101-6 St SE Basement)

Wednesday @ 8PM  @ Medicine Hat Hospital (666 5th St SW 3rd floor classroom A/B)

Friday @ 8PM Life Savers Group @ Misspelled WordAlano Club (466 MacLeod Trail)

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.

Parkinson 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.

 

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

Men with Parkinson's  - 2nd Wednesday of the month 1:30 - 3pm at the Parkinson Office (Sept 2017 meeting will be held at Argo's)

Women with Parkinson's  - 4th Wednesday of the month 1:30 - 3pm at the Parkinson Office  (Sept 2017 meeting will be held at Argo's)

Care Partners - 2nd Tuesday of the month 1:30 - 3pm at the Parkinson Office (Sept 2017 meeting will be held at Argo's)

General Support Group - 4th Tuesday of the month 1:30 - 3pm at Crossroads Church

Tele-Support - 3rd Thursday of the Month 10am-11am call 1-800-561-1911 for more information and to register

Call the PD Helpline for support at 1-877-243-9992

Prostrate Cancer Support Group

Prostrate Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of the month at the Medicine Hat Public Library, Lower Level, Honor Currie Room. Drop In

Safe Place Support Group

City: Brooks
Phone: 403-378-4550

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.

The meetings are held at South Shore Centre in Brooks and are only for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Support Group Meeting Last Wednesday of every month (except December) @ 7pm Thom’s Grief Resource Centre, Unit 1 – 500 Cassils Road East

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 Groups held at the Medicine Hat branch office located at 526B 3rd Street SE

Dec 1, 2017 - Drop In - 1pm

Dec 5, 2017 - Writers Club - 10:30am

Dec 6, 2017 - Drop In - 1pm

Dec 8, 2017 - Drop In - 1pm

Dec 11, 2017 - Monday Meditation - 1:30pm

Dec 12, 2017 - Women's Support Group - Safety in Public - 10:45am

Dec 13, 2017 - Men's Support Group - Safety in Public - 10:45am

Dec 14, 2017 - Christmas Party 5:30pm

Dec 15, 2017 - Drop In - 1pm

Dec 19, 2017 - Writers Club 10:30am

Dec 20, 2017 - Drop In - 1pm

The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta offers Online programing - see their website for July's schedule.


 The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta now offers e-Programming 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.

Sunset Counselling Services - Medicine Hat

Misspelled WordLynett Misspelled WordGezt hosts grief support groups at the Misspelled WordSaamis Creekside Centre

 

Drop In Suicide Support Group - the first Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm 

Drop in Grief Share meets Wednesday Mornings from 10:30 - Noon 

Call 403-528-2599 or 403-580-0398 for more information and registration details. If there are individuals who are unable to afford the fee please speak with Misspelled WordLynett.

TrueNTH Lifestyle Management

A website and online portal (lifestyle.truenth.ca) has been developed which gives men access to personalized programs, trackers, tools, and health libraries of prostate cancer specific wellness resources.

Website includes online support groups.

Veiner Centre/Strathcona Centre City of Medicine Hat Senior Services

​Services are currently being offered out of the Misspelled WordMisspelled WordStrathcona Centre - 1150 5th Street SE.

A vibrant community offering social networks, services and support to people 50-plus in Medicine Hat.

Seniors Outreach 403-529-8368 or 502-8718
Health & Fitness 403-529-8307
Income Tax 403-529-8307
Information Offices 403-529-8307
Meals On Wheels 403-525-8885
Travel 403-529-8894
CRANE 403-529-4798

Members of the Medicine Hat Senior Services can access Supportive Counselling 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 403-504-8026 (MH Family Services) for an appointment. The next Supportive Counselling Services day will be December 13 , 2017.

DILLS - Drop In Life Long Learning

No DILLS until January 2018

Wellness Workshop

Wednesday December 20 - Grief & Loss Over the Holiday Season

Meals for Men - by Meadowlands: Are you a gentleman who lives alone? If so, you are invited to a special event on Monday December 4, 2017 from 4:30-6:30pm at Meadowlands. Attendees will make a meal to enjoy together and 4 more to take home. Cost is $10 - to register call 403-529-8368




Women's Cancer Support Group  - Medicine Hat

​A local support group for women at all stages of their cancer journey. There are a variety of topics discussed. Great speakers, books, DVD's and other resources are shared to ease the frustration of the information maze, but most of all they share trust, friendship and humour. Call 403-878-4276 for more information.

 

Support Group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Victory Lutheran Church (2793 Southview Drive SE) at 7pm

 

No meeting in July, August and December

 

Rides can be arranges call Sharon 403-878-4276