Unique program helps those with mental health and addiction issues

Red Deer, Lethbridge sites opening September

EDMONTON – The government has committed $3 million to support the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region’s expansion of its successful Recovery College model to more communities across the province.

“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,” said Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Health and Addictions. “These recovery colleges provide important supports from people with real experiences that help support long-term recovery.”

Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Health and Addictions. (Govt. of Alberta photo)

The funding is for additional recovery colleges in Wood Buffalo, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer. The Calgary, Edmonton and Wood Buffalo sites are open. The Lethbridge and Red Deer sites will open September 2019.

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The Recovery College model uses a community-oriented approach where people in recovery share what works and teach individuals and families the skills, tools and knowledge they need to improve their quality of life.

“The Recovery College model gives individuals, family and community members the skills they need to support their own recovery, developed by people with their own lived experience,” said Christine Savage, executive director, CMHA Wood Buffalo Region. “The need for mental health supports has increased significantly over the last few years and the Recovery College has assisted in bridging this gap in our current needs.”

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“Moving our mindset and perception from illness to wellness is critical on the journey of recovery. Offering these invaluable resources changes how people can access mental health and addiction recovery,” said Laureen MacNeil, executive director, CMHA Calgary Region. “We are excited to share the successes of Calgary’s Recovery College with all of Alberta.”

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