June 21, 2019 2:45 pm
Updated: June 21, 2019 2:48 pm

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

Calgary drop-in Welcome Centre for peer support.

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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.

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

Watch below (May 29): A 17-year-old Alberta girl had many cries for help before she died by suicide. As Su-Ling Goh explains, her case has increased awareness about mental health.

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