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. Upcoming topics: 


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

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

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 Support 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:
Thursday 8pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church (811 Misspelled WordCassils Road W)
 

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

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: 

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


Medicine Hat
Sunday: 10am @ Alano Club, 10am @ AA Central Office, 2pm @ AA Central Office, 8pm @ AA Central Office
Monday: 12pm @ Alano Club, 7pm @ Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 7pm @ AA Central Office
Tuesday: 12pm @ Alano Club,8pm @ Victory Lutheran Church, 8pm @ Remand Centre
Wednesday: 12pm @ Alano Club, 8pm @ Alano Club, 8pm @ Family Support Centre
Thursday: 12pm @ Alano Club, 7pm @ Gordon Memorial United Church (Redcliff), 8pm @ AA Central Office, 8pm @ Alano Club
Friday: 12pm @ Alano Club, 8pm AA Central Office
Saturday: 10am @ AA Central Office, 2pm @ AA Central Office, 7pm @ 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 form is below; fax or email referral forms. 

First Link Referral Form April 2017 vers 8.pdf

Medicine Hat phone 403-528-2700

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

Email: firstlink@alzheimer.ab.ca

Care Partners Support Group - Every Wednesday at the Alzheimer's Society Office in the Medical Arts Building from 1-3pm.

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.

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 from 7:30-9:00pm 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.

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 ($45, 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 ($30, 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.

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

Brochure

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 - 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. 

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

Diabetes Canada (Formerly CDA)

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


Diabetes Community Meetup: A social networking group. Meet others living with Diabetes, share individual experiences, and learn from peers and speakers. Held at the Family Leisure Centre, Board Room #2 on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-9:30pm. No meetings held in July, August, or December.

For more information and to register, contact Sharon at scamp99@telus.net or infoalberta@diabetes.ca.

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 403-878-3403

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

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. 

The next start date is September 12, 2018; this group runs for 13 weeks, every Wednesday from 11:30am-1:00pm. 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)

Support and Education Group for those dealing with chronic pain. Offers patient and family advocacy, and provides education, support and community programs.

Held the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30-3:30 pm at  River Valley Community Church, 1101 Queen St SE, Medicine Hat. Although located in a church, the group is not a church based group.

For more information, contact Sandie at 403-952-6319


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. Group size is 4-10 participants.

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

The next session will run from September 18 until November 6, 2018.

To register and for more information, 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.

 

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 (subsidy available). Facilitated by Roxanne Hansen. Next session will will run on Tuesday evenings, January 15 to February 12, 2019 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.

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).

The emergency shelter, Pheonix Safe House, takes in both women and men, with or without children, fleeing from abuse. There is a 24 Hour Helpline available at 403-529-1091. Both women and men can also do drop in appointments with crisis workers.

Phone 403-527-8223 (Admin) 

Fax 403-526-0209

 

Support Groups:

Children’s Support Group:  This group runs from September to June and open to all children.  Subject and activities are based on education about family violence, safety planning, boundaries and coping skills.  The subjects are presented through children oriented 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.  If interested, contact a Child Support Worker at 403-527-8223.

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 same, but presented appropriate to their age.  During the last 15 minutes of the group, parent and child come together for an attachment exercise.

Seeds to Success Group:  A 6 week group to introduce individuals to group support and value of groups.  Work will include information on family violence, introduction to groups and safety planning.  For further information contact an Outreach Worker at 403-527-8223.

Journey to Hope and Healing Group:  A 10 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, health relationships and boundaries.  Individuals are also offered one to one support during this process. Contact an Outreach Worker at 403-527-8223.

Male Victim Support Group:  New group for males who have experienced family violence in their homes. Contact an Outreach Worker at 403-527-8223.

Outreach Services:  Outreach and one to one supports are offered to women, men, youth and children who have experienced or experiencing violence in their homes.  Outreach services are available to anyone by calling 403-527-8223 and ask to speak to an Outreach Worker or Child Support Worker. Outreach Workers are located at #5 1036 – 7th ST. SW (The Ridge) or the Safe Families Intervention Team at the Medicine Hat Police Services.

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

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

Brooks Support Groups

Sundays: 8pm @ Community Health Centre

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

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

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 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.

 

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

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.

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

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 an appointment. The next Supportive Counselling Services day will be December 12 from 9:00am-12:00pm.


DILLS - Drop In Life Long Learning Series

Held one Wednesday per month from September through May. The next DILLS will be held on November 28 from 10:00am-12:00pm. The topic for this session will be Creating & Maintaining Friendships Throughout Life. No DILLS session will be offered in December.

Please register for this event by calling 403-529-8307.


Wellness Wednesday Presentations

Held one Wednesday per month from September through June. Please register by calling 403-529-8307. The next Wellness Wednesday will be held on December 19, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm, and will be an Old Tyme Carol Sing Alone. Please call 405-529-8307 to register.

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).  

*** Date change for December 2018 The Kitchen Is Open. For December only the support groups will be held Monday 
December 17, same time and location. 
 

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.

The Caregivers 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).



Caregiving Basics Workshop for Caregivers

-3 Steps to Making Life Easier for You and Your Loved One

-The #1 Strategy to Feel Better in Less than 3 minutes or less

-Be prepared for the expected and unexpected


Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 10:00am-12:00pm, at 423 North Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB.

Please register by contacting 403-548-8437 or email Lorna@TheCaregiversLighthouse.com. 


There is no charge for this workshop.


TrueNTH Lifestyle Management

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

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, frienship, 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. 2019 dates will be:

January 23

February 27

March 27

April 24

May 22

June 26

September 25

October 23

November 27


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