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Community resources for well-being

A resource page to provide our diverse UCalgary and local Calgary community with a comprehensive list of resources for well-being and quality of life.

211 Alberta

211 is an essential service that helps Albertans find the right resource or service for whatever issue they need help with, at the right time. 211 is available 24/7 by phone, text and chat. The service is free, confidential and available in over 170 languages over the phone. On a national level, 211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthens Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians to become more engaged with their communities.

Resource Description Tags
Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary Providing Indigenous cultural connection and education through programs and services for the urban population. Learn more. Indigenous, women, housing, family, outreach, education, external
Asian Mental Health Collective Directory of Asian mental health professionals. Offering counselling and community events specifically for Asian individuals who may be struggling with mental health. Learn more. Asian, mental health, counselling, disability, external
Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured Find rehabilitation services such as armchair fitness, social interaction, and mental stimulation activities for individuals with brain injuries, as well as caregiver support. Learn more. Mental health, disability, family, outreach, caregiver, external
AWO-TAAN Healing Lodge Society Provides emergency services, guided by Indigenous traditional teachings, for women affected by family abuse. Offers emergency housing and counselling. Learn more. Women, Indigenous, BIPOC, counselling, housing, family, external
BIPOC Mental Health YYC A directory of BIPOC mental health professionals that offer services centered around equity-informed treatment. Learn more. BIPOC, mental health, disability, external
Calgary Foundation Indigenous Ally Toolkit A directory of educational resources focused on aiding allies in promoting dignity, respect and equal accessibility for Indigenous peoples. Learn more. Indigenous, ally, education, external
Calgary Outlink Calgary Outlink is a hub that promotes support and community connectedness for all gender and sexually diverse people. Find groups, peer support, mentorship, trainings, and other resources. Call 587-800-4121 to be connected to You Matter, a non-crisis peer support and re source link. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, ally, external
Centre for Newcomers CFN offers mental health settlement, non-therapeutic counselling, and crisis intervention as necessary. This includes information and referrals to internal agency programs and resources and external agencies along with ethnocultural programs. Learn more. Immigrant, BIPOC, counselling, mental health, disability,
Centre for Sexuality Offers short-term counselling for individuals regarding gender, sexuality, family planning and STI diagnoses. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, family, sexual health, external
Chinese Emotional Support Hotline Call 587-997-5977 to be connected to a well-trained Chinese speaking hotline volunteer, who can provide you with emotional support and connect you to community resources for further help. This service is completely free, confidential and non-judgemental. Learn more. Chinese, Asian, counselling, external
CPL Elders Guidance Circle Individuals and groups can submit requests to meet with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper from the Treaty 7 and Calgary area. Please note that there are some areas of Indigenous history, spirituality, and culture that Elders are not comfortable sharing due to protocols or the sensitive nature of the information. Learn more. Indigenous, ally, external
Elbow River Healing Lodge Primary care services for First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Metis, and Inuit people and families as well as on-site Traditional Wellness Counsellor (Elder) by appointment. Call 403-955-6600 for more information. Learn more. Indigenous, healing, family, external
Elizabeth Fry Calgary Indigenous Cultural Support Elizabeth Fry engages Indigenous women in case management supports, programs and ceremony designed to increase their cultural identity, address intergenerational trauma, and encourage healing. Women can address their personal issues by talking with Elders individually or by sharing in healing circles. They are provided with cultural teachings, monthly sweatlodges, as well as other indigenous ceremonies based on season and availability. Learn more. Indigenous, women, counseling, wellness, external
Enable Creates meaningful partnerships between people with disabilities and support workers. Learn more. Disability, caregiver, external
End of the Rainbow End of the Rainbow connects sexually diverse people to peer support groups, supports to settle, and support for refugee hearings in the Calgary area. They also provide language, employment, other training and educational services. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, immigrant, refugee, employment, housing, education, external
Healing in Colour A directory of BIPOC therapists who are committed to supporting BIPOC. Find resources and therapists online and across Canada. Learn more. BIPOC, counselling, mental health, disability, external
Hope for Wellness The Hope for Wellness Helpline is available to all Indigenous people across Canada. Experienced and culturally competent counsellors are reachable by telephone and online chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-855-242-3310 or visit their website. Learn more. Indigenous, counselling, mental health, disability, external
Indian Residential School Survivors Society The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization that provides essential services to residential school survivors and families experiencing intergenerational trauma.. For crisis support, call 1-800-721-0066 anytime of day. Learn more. Indigenous, mental health, disability, family, external
Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program Cultural and emotional supports as well as mental health support counselling. For 24-hour crisis support to former Indian Residential School students and their families call 1-866-925-4419. Individuals impacted by the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are encouraged to contact 1-844-413-6649. Learn more. Indigenous, counselling, women, external
Indigenous Mental Health Program This service provides culturally appropriate mental health care and support for Indigenous clients. This program works closely with nurses, physicians, and other service providers to facilitate a holistic approach to care. For intake call 403-955-6645. Learn more. Indigenous, mental health, disability, wellness, family, outreach, external
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society A database of varied resources for Indigenous peoples. Learn more. Indigenous, external
Métis Calgary Family Services Métis Calgary Family Services helps persons requiring Aboriginal-specific service delivery, be it child-focused, education, social services, housing and homelessness, youth supports, parent education and early intervention regardless of status. Learn more. Metis, Indigenous, housing, family, youth, social service, education, external
Miskanawah Services A healing therapeutic environment offering culturally appropriate services and programs to individuals and families in a way that incorporates Indigenous values, traditions, and beliefs. For urgent mental health counselling services call toll-free 1-800-232-7301, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more. Indigenous, counselling, external
Native Counselling Services of Alberta Offers programs and services to Indigenous peoples including counselling, emergency housing and career workshops. Learn more. Indigenous, counselling, housing, career, external
Neurodiversity Support Advising The Neurodiversity Support Advisor (NSA) can help students accessing student wellness support and support students on the autism spectrum, including navigating on and off-campus resources. Learn more. Autism spectrum, neurodiversity, disability, education, internal
Pflag Provides support, education and resources to parents, families and individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, family, education, external
Punjabi Community Health Services Organizes community events, peer suppprt and informational sessions for members of Punjabi and other South Asian communities. Learn more. Punjabi, Asian, counselling, mental health, disability, family, outreach, external
Queers on Campus Queer people and allies working together to encourage and promote understanding and acceptance within the greater student, faculty, and staff community at the University of Calgary. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, ally, internal
Rapid Access Counselling Connect with a counsellor, often within a week, for a single session counselling appointment to help gain direction with an ongoing challenge or to support a current crisis. For adults, youth, children, couples, and families. Learn more. Counselling, mental health, disability, sexual health, caregiver, family, youth, external
Skipping Stone Organizes events and programs for trans and gender diverse individuals, offers mentorship and provides gender-affirming resources. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, family, youth, ally, career, external
South Asian Youth Mental Health This resource helps the South Asian community navigate mental health and mental illness. It includes a self-assessment, educational topics, and further resources. Created by a group of emerging South Asian professionals. Learn more. Asian, mental health, disability, counselling, youth, outreach, education, external
Student Accessibility Services Enhance your academic and personal development with disability-related services. Register your disability with this office or inquire to discuss your challenges if you don't have a diagnosis. Learn more. Disability, internal
The Alex Provides support to diverse populations for physical and mental health, addiction, housing and food security. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, mental health, disability, sexual health, housing, food, family, youth,
The Q Centre The Students' Union Q Centre is a safe, comfortable and inviting space for the campus LGBTQ2S+ community, featuring a library and peer support services. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, ally, housing, scholarships, internal
Trans Lifeline Offers a peer-support phone service as well as microgrants for trans and non-binary individuals. Learn more. LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, counselling, youth, funding, external
United Way Elders Knowledge Circle The Elders Knowledge Circle preserves, protects, revitalizes, and shares wisdom from Indigenous Elders. Learn more. Indigenous, external
Vecova Find mental health support and education to persons with disabilities and their support networks. To access this service you must be part of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program. Learn more. Disability, caregiver, social work, education, counselling, external
We R Native Comprehensive online health resources for Indigenous youth (US-based). Learn more. Indigenous, mental health, disability, external
Womens Centre Indigenous Community Resources A directory of resources for Indigenous community members, with a focus on women's health and healing. Learn more. Indigenous, women, family, youth, healing, counselling, career, housing, law and justice, external
Writing Symbols Lodge Writing Symbols Lodge provides academic, personal, and cultural support services and programs to prospective and current Indigenous students, and offers a welcoming and supportive learning environment for the whole campus community. Learn more. Indigenous, education, internal

Crisis and distress resources

For local 24/7 mental health support, call Distress Centre at 403-266-4357 to speak with a highly trained volunteer who can connect you to further resources.

For Canadians aged 5-29, Kids Help Phone operators are professional counsellors, call 1-800-668-6868 to access or text CONNECT to 686868. To access the support you need in the country you reside in, visit the Child Helpline International website.

Alberta Mental Health Help Line is a confidential 24/7 service that provides support, information and referrals to Albertans experiencing mental health concerns. Call 1-877-303-2642 (toll free) to access.

Wood’s Homes Community Support has call and text services, visit their website for more information for how to connect to a trainee counsellor or social worker.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call or text 9-8-8, where you will be connected with responder who will listen to you, support you, and keep you safe.       

For Indigenous peoples, Hope for Wellness Helpline is operated 24/7 by experienced and culturally sensitive counsellors. Call 1-855-242-3310 to be connected or chat online.


Disclaimer:

External resources have been carefully selected but are not provided by UCalgary and UCalgary is not responsible for the content nor does UCalgary endorse products or services mentioned on these sites. Suggested links and resources are intended to educate and supplement but not to replace UCalgary resources.

Created and managed by the Campus Mental Health Strategy team, this resource matrix was guided by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with feedback and direction from the EDI Network