For Release August 28, 2019
Recovery College Comes to CMHA Central Alberta
TOGETHER WE ARE CREATING EFFECTIVE MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
The Government of Alberta has committed $3 million to support the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region in building a provincial infrastructure that supports and advances Recovery Colleges and Peer Support across Alberta, and to help increase access to mental health and addiction recovery, prevention and promotion services. CMHA Central Alberta Region will launch its own Recovery College programming on September 4th as part of this provincial project.
“Recovery is a priority for our government. Albertans deserve the ability to access the recovery services they need to help them live healthy, productive lives. These recovery colleges provide important supports from people with real experiences that help support long-term recovery.”
–Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
Recovery is a journey, not a destination. Recovery College offers courses to help people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery journey. All courses are co-developed and co-delivered in partnership with people with personal experience of a mental health or substance use concern or are supporting a loved one.
Some people will take the classes at CMHA because they have a specific mental health concern or diagnosis and they are hoping that our recovery and peer focus can teach specific skills to manage their health. Other people will become part of Recovery College because they are on a personal journey to improve their emotional wellness in much the same way that people go to gyms or rec centres to improve their physical well-being, by making it a priority.
According to CMHA Central Alberta Executive Director Christine Stewart, “We are really proud to be able to offer courses to community members that are barrier-free and that meet people at any level of need. Whether struggling with a significant diagnosis or just wanting to improve overall quality of mental wellness, we have courses, facilitators, and peers of every background so that we can connect with people on multiple levels.”
CMHA will host a “Welcome to Recovery College” event Wednesday, September 4 from 2-6 PM at the CMHA Learning Annex, #404-4911 51 Street. Attendees will be able to:
- Learn about our free Recovery College courses
- Meet the facilitators and register for courses in person
- Eat some cake!
Our Recovery College website is now live www.recoverycollegecentralalberta.ca . People can register online through the website or call us at 403-342-2266 to register or talk to staff about Recovery College Central Alberta.
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.
Christine Stewart, CMHA Central Alberta Region Executive Director
main number) 403-342-2266 or (cell) 403-396-1224
For information about the Provincial Scaling Project
Senior Project Manager Provincial Project
& Community Liaison
CMHA – Calgary Region
Tel : 403-603-0207