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FAQ

Q: Is CMHA a government organization?

A: No. CMHA is a national non-profit organization with national, provincial and local offices.

Q: How is CMHA – Central Alberta Region affiliated with CMHA National?

A: CMHA – Central Alberta Region shares a common vision to deliver community mental health services and promote awareness and advocacy about mental health issues; however, independent regions and branches such as ours are largely autonomous. The independence of each local office allows us to provide programs and services that best suit the needs of our communities.

Q: Are there CMHA offices in other Canadian cities?

A: Yes. There are more than 135 offices. Find a complete listing of these here.

Q: What is the difference between the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)?

A: CMHA is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization that has been operating in Canada since 1918 and in Central Alberta since 1964. CMHA is dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness through a comprehensive range of community-based services for individuals, families, groups and organizations.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a commission created by the Federal Government in 2007 to promote mental health in Canada and work with stakeholders to change attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support.

Q: Does CMHA provide psychiatric assessment services?

A: No. CMHA provides community-based support services, not medical care. We can, however give referrals to other organizations where you can get help. Please see our services for a complete list of our programs and services.

Q: Does CMHA provide psychiatric or addiction treatment by a physician or therapist?

No. You can get treatment by a physician or a therapist for mental health or addiction through Alberta Health Services, Addictions and Mental Health. We can also refer you to a variety of not-for-profit community agencies for counselling.

  • Alberta Health Services, Mental Health, 47333 – 49 Street, Red Deer  403-340-5466
  • Alberta Health Services, Addictions, #104, 4920 – 51 Street, Red Deer   403-340-5274

 Does CMHA advocate for those who are living with a psychiatric illness, addiction, or who are homeless?

A: Yes. Our staff can help people using our services with a large number of concerns requiring individual advocacy. Our Board of Directors and staff are involved with systems change  advocacy locally,  provincially, and nationally.