MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY
ARTICLES, BLOGS & WEBSITES
Anxiety & OCD
- 33 Verses about Fear & Anxiety (Crosswalk.com)
- Anxiety Canada
- Hope for Anxiety and OCD
- I Feel Anxious: Tips for Dealing with Anxiety (HelpGuide)
- Panic Attacks & Anxiety
- Alberta Family Wellness – Addictions
- Alberta Health Services – Addictions & Mental Health
- Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
- Depression & Addiction: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment – Boca Recovery Centre
- Focus on the Family – Addictions
- Here To Help – Mental Health & Substance Use Information
- Mental Illness & Addictions Index (CAMH)
- Teen Challenge Canada
- Embracing Faith and Mental Illness
- Live Well and Freely
- Mental Health Caregiver Guide
- Reframing Ministries
- Sparks of Redemptive Grace
- Student Mental Health Toolkit (Grades 4 to 7) – For Parents (Stigma-Free Society)
- Student Mental Health Toolkit (Grades 8 to 12) – For Parents (Stigma-Free Society)
Children, Youth and Special Needs
- 4 Signs of Burnout in Your Teen – Mytutor.co.uk
- Deal with a Bully & Overcome Bullying – Helpguide.org
- Dealing with Depression for Teens
- Elemy.com – Autism and Anxiety
- Elemy.com – Autism and Associated Diagnoses
- Elemy.com – Autism and Mood Disorders
- Elemy.com – Autism and Suicidal Thoughts
- Family Smart
- Focus on the Family – What is Mental Health, and Why is it Important?
- Focus on the Family – Helping Children Manage Anxiety
- Healthy Minds Healthy Children
- Kelty Mental Health – Children’s Mental Health
- Key Ministry – Special Needs Parenting
- Mental Health Literacy – School Mental Health Curriculum Guide
- More Than Sad – Teen depression and preventing teen suicide
- Rural Mental Health Toolkit – Stigma-free Society
- Self-Harm in Teens – A guide for Appropriate Intervention
- Self-Injury Outreach and Support
- Step Up Step Out
- Student Mental Health Toolkit (Grades 4 to 7) – Stigma-Free Society
- Student Mental Health Toolkit (Grades 8 to12) – Stigma Free Society
- Thriving Stepfamilies: Overcoming Common Challenges in Blended Families – Free Video Series from Focus on the Family
- We Matter – An Indigenous youth-led organization, Mental Health Toolkits for Indigenous Youth – Stigma Free Society
General Mental Health
- 50 Good Mental Health Habits (Brad Hambrick)
- Alberta Family Wellness
- ADHD in Women: Symptoms, Treatment, and Support (HelpGuide)
- Brett Ullman Blog (Mental Health)
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division
- Christian Mental Health & Faith (Mental Health Grace Alliance)
- Church and Mental Health
- Dr. Grant Mullen – Change How You Think!
- eMentalHealth – Mental Health Services, Help and Support in your Community
- Equipped – For Young Adults
- Erasing Shame
- Faith and Mental Health – Faith Today Magazine
- Focus on the Family – Life’s Challenges
- Focus on the Family – Mental Health Resources
- Fresh Hope Network
- Have That Talk – Check out these videos and activity guides to learn how you can take action to reduce stigma, increase support, and encourage people to get help sooner.
- Helpguide.org Click on the menu icon for a list of resources.
- How Faith can Help with Mental Illness – Faith Today Magazine
- Kay Warren – Mental Health Resources
- Leighton Lane – Mental Health and Recovery Blog
- Men’s Mental Health – Stigma Free Society
- Mental Health 101 (CAMH)
- Mental Health Effects of Vision Issues
- Mental Health and Mesothelioma
- Mental Health Research Canada
- Mind Health
- Mind My Peelings
- Mood Gym
- My Resources on Mental Illness & Medication (Brad Hambrick)
- OBAD – Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders (Calgary)
- One Million Lives
- RU Ok?
- Sanctuary Mental Health Blog
- Saving Face Saving Grace
- Seas of Pure Grace
- Stigma Free Society
- The Lowdown – Straight-up answers for when life sucks.
- Village Church Digital Mental Health
Grief & Loss
- Grief & Loss – Embracing the Unexpected
- GriefShare – How to help grieving Children
- Grief Guide – Cancer/Mesothelioma
BOOKS & BIBLE STUDIES
- Be Held – Daily Inspiration when Facing Depression – Sue Nickel
- Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges – John Swinton
- Finding Rest – A Survivor’s Guide to Navigating the Valleys of Anxiety, Faith, and Life – Jonathan M. Seidl
- Finding Rest Guiding Workbook – Discover new stories, fresh insights and thoughtful questions to help you (or your loved-one) navigate anxiety, OCD and depression – Jonathan M. Seidl
- Grace for the Children: Finding Hope in the Midst of Child and Adolescent Mental Illness – Matthew S Stanford, PhD
- I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! – How to Help Someone Accept Treatment – Xavier Amador, PhD
- I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die – Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression – Sarah J. Robinson
- In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life – Sheila Walsh
- Lost Connections – Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope – Johann Hari
- Reset – Burnout, Breakdown and Suffering that leads to Hope, Healing, Redemption and Breakthrough (E-Book) – Brett Ullman
- The Beautiful Strokes of God – Mental Illness, Healing and the Church – Allan & Bonnie Gallant
- The End of Anxiety – The Biblical Prescription for Overcoming Fear, Worry & Panic – Josh Weidmann
- Troubled Minds – Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission – Amy Simpson
CRISIS HELP LINES
Not sure who to talk to? Call 211 first.
Crisis Help Lines (24/7 Support):
- Emergency Services: 911
- Health Link 811
- 211 Alberta – Helpline and online database of Alberta’s community and social services.
- 49th Street Youth Shelter Text Crisis Line: 403-358-1517
- Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
- AHS Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
- Bullying Helpline: 1-888-456-2323
- Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
- Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter Help Line: 1-888-346-5643
- Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437
- CMHA Distress Line, Rural Areas: 1-800-232-7288
- ConnecTeen 24-hr support line: 403-264-TEEN (8336)
- Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
- Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741
- Distress Line for 403 Area Code: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Family Violence Red Deer: 310-1818
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- Police & Crisis Team (PACT): 403-406-2505
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line Red Deer: 403-356-1099/1-866-956-1099
- Seniors Info Line: 1-800-642-3853
Local Resources – click the links below for more information:
- 49th Street Youth Shelter – Empowers youth by fostering a community of support.
- Addiction & Mental Health – Child & Adolescent Community Services (AHS) – Offers short-term, goal-focused therapy to children & youth.
- Addiction & Mental Health – Adult Community Services (AHS) – Short-term therapy for adults.
- AHS Walk-in Counseling Clinic – Drop-in counselling services for support with addiction and/or mental health.
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Red Deer – Promotes community wellness and supports people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions.
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service– Get Help
- Caregiver Connections (CMHA – Central Alberta) – Family Peer Support
- Catholic Social Services Alberta
- Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre – Unexpected pregnancy? We are here for you.
- Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES)
- Central Alberta Youth Unlimited – Hope and wholeness for all youth.
- Family Services of Central Alberta – Supports individuals and families at every stage of life.
- Hope Mission – Working to break the cycle of poverty for Red Deer kids, providing hope and a brighter future.
- OSI-CAN Alberta (PTSD) – Inspiring hope and contributing to the continuous well-being and recovery processes of Veterans, First Responders, and Public Safety personnel.
- The Mustard Seed– Offers an expansive range of programs and services to serve our most vulnerable community members.
- The Outreach Centre– Provides services to adults and children who are affected by domestic violence, suicide, homelessness and the effects of poverty.
- Red Deer Dream Centre – Committed to seeing men find purpose and live a life in recovery, free from addiction to drugs and alcohol.
- Red Deer Primary Care Network– A community approach to health care including Nurses, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Exercise Specialists, Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals.
- Safe Harbour– Provides first steps to recovery and stands beside the individual struggling with addiction and their family.
- Schizophrenia Society of Alberta – Peer Support, Family & Caregiver Support, Supportive Employment, Supportive Housing
- Shalom Counselling Centre– Helping people find hope, healing and peace in life.
- Vantage Community Services– Helps youth, adults and families by providing counselling, transitional housing for youth, life skills training, and drop-in centre for youth experiencing homelessness.
- Veterans.gc.ca – Provides free, short-term psychological support with a mental health professional.
- Wounded Warriors – Helping Canada’s veterans, first responders and their families feel safe, supported and understood.
Started in 2022, EQUIPPED offers mental health training and tools for young adults. It provides an online platform for learning through modules and workbooks. As of 2022, there are two courses available. EQUIPPED builds on the basic concepts taught in YouthSMART, but expands knowledge for a slightly older audience of emerging adults – ages 16 to 24.
“Feeling low, stressed, or anxious? BounceBack® is a free program from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Working with workbooks and a trained coach to guide you and encourage you to reflect, BounceBack® can help you build skills to improve your mental health.”
Professional mental health counseling from a Biblical perspective. Faithful Counseling is designed as a solution for people seeking traditional mental health counseling who would prefer hearing from the perspective of a Christian. If you are seeking a mental health professional who is a practicing Christian, Faithful Counseling may be a great option for you.
Focus on the Family
“We know that life can be overwhelming and it can sometimes be difficult to know how to navigate the trials we face. But we want you to know you’re not alone!” If you or a loved one are facing difficulties click here for a number of ways Focus on the Family Canada is here to support you.
Mental Health Online (Australia)
Mental Health Online provides comprehensive and effective online services and programs free of charge. FREE self-assessment, guided online treatment and access to eTherapists. Various 12-week programs are available.
Moodgym is an interactive self-help book that helps you learn and practice skills which can help prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Recovery College – Canadian Mental Health Association, Central Alberta
“Recovery Colleges offer a range and variety of recovery-focused courses designed for individuals, families, the workplace, and cultural and spiritual communities. All Recovery College courses are co-developed and co-facilitated with the community and peers (individuals with “lived experience” who are role models to their peers and embody hope and recovery) exploring community strengths, as personal expertise is embedded with professional expertise.
Recovery Colleges in Alberta provide early access to mental health supports through a range of courses that help develop resiliency, wellness, connection, belonging and hope.”
Get support. Take control. Feel better. An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health. Commissioned by over 250 organizations globally, we’re an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.”
- An anonymous community where members can support each other
- Access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Self-assessments & recommended resources
- Creative tools to help express how you’re feeling
- Wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace
This site provides mental health support for youth in Canada and was developed by Dr. Fiona Choi and her research team. Dr. Fiona Choi serves as a strategic advisor to Sanctuary Mental Health.
Wellness Together Canada
Wellness Together Canada is a platform for Canadians to access free mental health and substance use support, with funding from the Government of Canada. Wellness Together Canada is a collaborative project. Our mission is to provide high-quality resources for all Canadians—which is why we are supported by a wide network of organizations with decades of specialized experience in wellness. From substance use support for older adults to grief and loss counselling for youth, our partners are prepared to help—whatever the need. Wellness Together Canada is designed to be used on-demand: you get to choose what you need when you need it. Our services range from basic wellness information to one-on-one sessions with a counsellor to participating in a community of support. Whatever it is you’re looking for, we’re here to point you towards the best resources out there.
SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES
Crisis Help Lines:
- Emergency Services: 911
- Distress Line for 403 Area Code: 1-800-SUICIDE
- Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741