Alberta invests $3M to expand mental health drop-in, counselling programs

Calgary drop-in Welcome Centre for peer support. Courtesy: Instagram/CMHA Calgary

Alberta is investing $3 million to expand free courses and drop-in help for those struggling with mental health and addictions.

Associate Health Minister Jason Luan says the money will expand Recovery Colleges to five locations across the province.

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The colleges offer courses and advice on practical coping and healing strategies on everything from getting a good night’s sleep to dealing with procrastination and understanding harm reduction.

The courses are taught by people who have lived through mental health and addictions challenges.

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The colleges began in Calgary a year ago and the $3 million will help the Canadian Mental Health Association operate others in Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Wood Buffalo.

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Three sites are already operating and the Lethbridge and Red Deer ones are slated to open this fall.

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