Mental Health Resources
VVS puts a high importance on the mental health of its staff, students and community. Please take a look at the various resources listed below to see what best fits your needs.
If you have questions about any of the below resources or would like assistance deciding what resource would be most helpful for you, please reach out to Andrea Robin at email@example.com
*Note: if you are having an emergency, please dial 911.
|Distress Centre (free 24/7 crisis line) Calgary||Phone: 403-266-HELP (4357)
Phone (hearing impaired): 403-543-1967
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (responds within 24 - 48 hours)
Online Chat: hours are from 5pm - 10pm daily.
Link:Distress Centre Website
|Talk Suicide ||Phone: 1-833-456-4566 toll-free, anytime.
Text: 45645 between 4pm and midnight ET.
|Addiction Helpline||Open to those in Alberta who require confidential support for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs or gambling and information and referral to services.
Website: Addiction Helpline Webpage
|Access Mental Health (Calgary)||Offers information, consultation and referrals with addiction or mental health concerns.
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm
Website: Access Mental Health (Calgary) Website
|Access Addiction and Mental Health||For individuals in central, northern and southern Alberta who require assistance in finding recovery services and resources
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Brochure: Access Addiction and Mental Health Brochure
|211 Alberta||Free, confidential, multilingual service to recommend various services
Hours: Open 24/7
Website: 211 Alberta Website
|811 Health Link Alberta||For any health concerns
Hours: Open 24/7 in more than 200 languages.
Website: 811 Health Link Alberta Website
|Mental Health Helpline||Phone: 1-877-303-2642|
|Indigenous Mental Health||Phone: 403-955-6645|
|Woods Homes Eastside Family Centre||No fee, walk-in counselling
Hours (online chat): available 7 days a week from 9am - 10pm
Address: 805 - 37 Street NW (for more locations, please visit website)
Website: Woods Homes Eastside Family Centre Website
|South Calgary Health Centre||No fee, single session, walk-in counselling. This facility is for non-life threatening health issues and mental health care.
Hours of Operation: 8am - 10pm
Address: 31 Sunpark Plaza SE Calgary, AB T2X 3W5
Website: South Calgary Health Centre
|Distress Centre Calgary||Free, short-term counselling services.
Phone: 403-266-(HELP) 4357
Hours (online chat): Monday to Friday 3pm - 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 12pm - 10pm
Address: Suite 500, 999 - 8th Street SW Calgary, AB T2R 1J5
Website: Distress Centre Calgary Website
|Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region||Offers peer to peer support
Welcome Centre hours: https://cmha.calgary.ab.ca/individual-family-support/talk-to-a-peer/
|Calgary Counselling Centre||Offers affordable counselling and group programs
Operational Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 am – 7:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. The Call Centre is available for counselling registrations Monday to Friday 9 am – 4 pm or online 24 hours a day
Address: Suite 1000, 105 — 12 Avenue SE
Website: Calgary Counselling Centre Website
|Anxiety Canada||Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety.
Address: 811 – 402 West Pender Street, Vancouver BC
Website: Anxiety Canada Website
|The SORCe||The Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre (SORCe) connects people experiencing homelessness, or those at imminent risk of homelessness, to programs and services that can help to address the barriers to stable housing.
Operational Hours: The SORCe is open Monday to Friday from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm
Address: 316 – 7th Avenue SE (City Hall LRY Platform)
Website: The SORCe Website
|Calgary Housing Company (CHC)||CHC is a City of Calgary owned corporation providing safe and affordable housing solutions to citizens of Calgary.
Phone: 586-390-1200 (for all locations)
Operational Hours: All locations are open Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) from 8 am – 4 pm
West District Office: Braithwaite Boyle Centre, 1701 Centre Street NW
East District Office: 3rd Floor Marlborough Mall Professional Building, #320, 433 Marlborough Way NE
South District Office: Glenmore & Centre Shopping Centre, #18, 6624 Centre Street SE
Website: Calgary Housing Company (CHC) Website
|Alberta Health Services Indigenous Health Program||Partners with Indigenous peoples, communities and key stakeholders to provide accessible, culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Alberta.
Website: Alberta Health Services Indigenous Health Program Website
|Hope for Wellness Help Line||Offers 24/7 counselling and crisis intervention for Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Online Chat: Hope for Wellness Help Line
|Action Dignity (previously Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary)||Address: 915 – 33 Street NE
Website: Action Dignity Website
|Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association||Assists immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families.
Address: #200, 138 – 4 Avenue SE
Website: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association Website
|Centre for Refugee Resilience||Supports immigrants, refugees and their families.
Address: #5, 1111 – 11 Avenue SW
Website: Centre for Refugee Resilience Website
|Gateway Calgary||Serves and supports newcomers who choose to make Alberta their new home
Address: #1200, 910 – 7th Avenue SW
Website: Gateway Calgary Website
|Wellness Together Canada||Connects you to resources to support you through the pandemic
Website: Wellness Together Canada Website
|Kids Help Phone||Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Website: Kids Help Phone Website
Article: How to Help a Friend
|TogetherAll||Online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Website: TogetherAll Website
|Canadian Mental Health Association (Edmonton)||A list of mental health resources for the Edmonton area
Website: Canadian Mental Health Association (Edmonton) Website
|Crisis Services Canada||1-833-456-4566|
|Alberta Blue Cross||This resource includes contacts for Care Management, Phone and Distress Lines, Counselling and Peer Support Services (In-Person and Online), COVID-19 Resources, and Family and Caregiver Support.
Website: Alberta Blue Cross Website
|7 Strategies for Surviving Your Child's Adolescence||Parents, guardians, and others experience adolescence in different ways. As you guide your children towards independence, this blog post may provide useful tips.
Website: Surviving Your Child's Adolescence
|Addiction and Mental Health||This site contains resources from the Government of Alberta on addiction, mental health, and related topics.
Website: Addiction and Mental Health
|Bully Free Alberta||Bully-Free Alberta provides a variety of tips and tools for adults to intervene in bullying situations.
Website: Bully Free Alberta
|Healthy Children and Healthy Teens Newsletters||These newsletters are targeted at parents of both elementary and junior/senior high students, and are available in both English and French.
Website: Healthy Children and Healthy Teens Newsletters
|SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health||The SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health provides free web-based resources (for teachers and parents) to help answer difficult questions about children’s behaviour and mental health.
Website: SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health
|Suicide Information and Education Services||403-342-4966|
|Find a Psychologist (Psychologists Association of Alberta)||1-888-424-0297 or local: 780-424-0294|
|TeenMentalHealth.org||Tools, resources, events and engagement tools to improve mental health literacy in your community and help change the conversation around mental health.
|CES Sessions||The website below has numerous free sessions that relate to navigating and assisting with Youth and Teen Mental Health:
CES Sessions Link
Mental Health Literacy Website
|Alberta Health Services - Mental Health Collaborative||Offers various resources and courses for educators to better understand Mental Health.
Website: Alberta Health Services - Mental Health Collaborative
|YouthSmart||Offers various resources for dealing with stress, getting help, staying mentally healthy, and much more.
|Sources:||Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary
City of Calgary Mental Health Resources
Alberta Blue Cross Resources
Alberta Health Services Resources