For Immediate Release
August 24, 2017
Canadian Mental Association (CMHA) Central Alberta is pleased to offer Caregiver Connections, a quality peer-to-peer family support program for parents and caregivers of children and young adults experiencing a mental health concern. The program offers compassionate support from a peer, who has “been there” as well as a CMHA staff member. Specific information and resources will be shared to assist people in their caregiving while maintaining their own mental health.
According to CMHA Central Alberta Executive Director Trish McAllister-Hall, “Loved ones can play a big part in helping a person recover, work towards their goals, and stay well. It’s exciting to help people see hope at a time when they feel it the least.”
McAllister-Hall went on to say, “We also know that caregivers themselves need emotional support and concrete strategies in order to maintain their own health and wellbeing. The drop-in support group can address these vital caregiver needs while improving the health and wellbeing of the whole family.”
The Caregiver Connections group meets four times a month. Morning groups take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, from 10:00 AM – noon starting September 12. Evening groups take place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, from 6 PM to 8 PM starting September 19. Caregiver Connections meets at the CMHA Learning Annex, First Red Deer Place (ATB Building), 4911—51 Street, Suite 404, in downtown Red Deer. People need not register before attending for the first time and there is no fee for this service.
Caregivers can call CMHA at 403-342-2266 for more information or visit the CMHA website at www.reddeer.cmha.ca/caregiver-connections.