Private treatment centres like EHN Sandstone work hard to meet the immediate needs of Albertans who require mental health and addiction treatment, but we understand that private care is not accessible to everyone for many reasons. However, there are many organizations providing important public resources to get help to Albertans who need it. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of free or low-cost mental health support options in Alberta for both individuals suffering from mental health and addiction challenges as well as caregivers who are acting on the behalf of loved ones or may require additional support for themselves.
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services offers free, confidential helplines and workshops that provide support and referrals to community services for individuals suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling issues, various mood disorders such as depression or anxiety, and more.
Mental Health Helpline
• Call 1-877-303-2642
• Translation services are available
• Call 1-866-332-2322
• Translation services are available
EHN Canada, a Canadian mental health and addiction treatment provider, offers a large selection of free webinars on a wide range of topics such as the link between trauma and substance abuse, what is sex addiction, virtual mental health treatments, and many more.
• Click here to watch online or download
The Distress Centre offers free counselling with registered social workers for individuals, children/youth, families, couples, and groups.
• Call 403-266-HELP (4357) (available 24/7/365)
• Online Support Chat (available daily from 3pm – 10pm)
• Email Support (answered in 24 – 48 hours)
• In-person support is currently paused due to COVID-19
Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
Located in downtown Calgary, the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre provides free, walk-in, single session counselling with varying hours during the week.
• Urgent Mental Health assistance is available from 8am – 10pm every day of the year
Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association offers free counselling for immigrant women, provides referrals to access basic needs and services.
• Call 403-263-4414
• Free childcare and first language support available
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
The First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line is open 24/7 and provides culturally competent support and crisis intervention for Indigenous people, as well as recommendations for follow up services.
• Call Toll Free 1-855-242-3310
• Online Chat
• Services available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktuk
Sunrise Native Addictions Services
Sunrise Native Addictions Services offers free family counselling for families recovering from alcohol and drug addictions.
• Call 403-261-7921 (ext 120)
SupportWorks hosts free, weekly, drop-in adult mental health support groups at various locations around Calgary for adults living with anxiety, depression, bipolar, obsessive compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders.
• Call 403-305-4465
Text4Hope is a free service that sends subscribers text messages of support in the hope of easing stress and anxiety. The program provides three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists.
• Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe to the mental health program
• Text Open2Change to 393939 to subscribe to the addiction program
Togetherall is an anonymous peer-support community that is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The community offers self-guided courses, creative tools to help express feelings.
• Free to all residents in Alberta aged 16+
Wellness Together is a mental health and substance use support that offers free, live counselling to Canadians of all ages.
To connect with a trained crisis responder for support:
• Call 1-866-585-0445 (Adults)
• Call 1-888-668-6810 (Youth)
• Text WELLNESS to 741741 (Adults)
• Text WELLNESS 686868 (Youth)
Mental Wellness Moment
Presented by Alberta Health Services, Mental Wellness Moment is a YouTube channel that provides quick, digestible videos on a variety of mental health topics such as anxiety, substance use, loneliness, self-care, and more.
Access Mental Health
Access Mental Health is a non-urgent resource offering information, advice and referrals to Alberta Health Services programs and other community resources.
• Call 403-943-1500 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
Similar to Access Mental Health, 211 Alberta is a free, confidential, multilingual service that connects Albertans with mental health and addiction support.
• Call 2-1-1
• Text INFO to 211
• Live Chat ab.211.ca
• Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in more than 170 languages
If you or someone you know are in immediate danger or contemplating suicide, call 9-1-1.
EHN Sandstone’s admissions counsellors are always just a phone call away, ready to help individuals find the right resources, or admit themselves or loved ones into treatment at our Calgary inpatient treatment centre, or one of our five other facilities across Canada. Call us today at 866-972-0204 to get the help you need now.