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Our Services

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization promoting community wellness and supporting people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions.  Based on community needs, staff and volunteers accomplish this through recovery focused support, education, and advocacy

CMHA Alberta Central Region’s programs and services are funded by: the Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer, The City of Red Deer, Alberta Health Services, United Way of Central Alberta, and the Government of Alberta.


Alberta Brain Injury Network (ABIN)

The Brain Injury Program at CMHA is part of a provincial brain injury network. Service Coordinators support adults and their families who are experiencing the effects of an acquired brain injury. The program is delivered in partnership with Catholic Social Services.

Art of Friendship

Art of Friendship is an eight-week course that teaches individuals the skills needed to develop and maintain healthy friendships. The course also teaches how to create positive social connections with co-workers, employers, family members, and friends. 

Both Daytime and Evening Courses are offered.

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Attending a two-day ASIST course will train you to intervene with an individual who is suicidal. Periodic half day “tune-ups” are required to maintain your certification. CMHA also offers Tattered Teddies and Straight Talk. Tattered teddies  focuses on suicide and children and Straight Talks focuses on suicide and youth.

Decision Making Assistance

The Decision Making Assistance program helps families and individuals examine substitute decision making options for vulnerable adults. This includes personal directives, supported decision making, co-decision making, or guardianship. Assistance is also provided to complete required documents.

Facilitator Training

Facilitator Training is a two day course that trains individuals to facilitate support and education groups. Participants may include individuals from not-for-profit organizations, government employees, organizations supporting individuals with disabilities, self-help/peer groups, and others.

For more information please call CMHA at 403-342-2266. You can download the registration form for the Winter 2017 Course offered on February 9th and 10th by clicking on this link: cmha-facilitator-training-winter-2017

Focused Education for Employers and Community Groups

Based on requests from employers and community groups, educational sessions can be tailor-made to meet corresponding needs. Fees are dependent on the length of the presentation and other factors.

Friendship Circle

Our Friendship Circle provides opportunities to develop and strengthen relationships, participate in community life, and enhance leadership and mentoring abilities. Download PDF for Friendship Circle

Living Life to the Full


Living Life to the Full is a designed to help people face and overcome the problems that are bothering them. Living Life to the Full is for people experiencing depression or anxiety and also benefits anyone seeking to worry less and live a happier life, starting now.

Mental Health Matters for Service Providers

CMHA provides critical training for community delivery staff to remain up-to-date on best practices in service delivery. In the past, this training has included: organizing a conference on Housing First Practices, Using a Model of Hope, and sessions on Recovery and Resilience.

Red Deer Housing Team

The Red Deer Housing Team, a partnership with Safe Harbour and Women’s Outreach, helps individuals and families who have a history of homelessness find and maintain housing. The program focuses on helping people increase their self-sufficiency.