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Mental health and well-being resources for diverse populations

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.

Disability supports

Find a support worker

Find a support worker through Enable for you or a loved one.


Mental health services for PDD

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. 


Brain injuries

Find rehabilitation services and caregiver support for individuals with brain injuries.

Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured

Indigenous supports

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary

Providing Indigenous cultural connection through programs and services for the urban population. 

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AWO-TAAN Healing Lodge Society

Provides emergency services, particularly for Indigenous women in abusive relationships. Offers emergency housing and counselling.

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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 to learn more.

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Hope for Wellness

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.

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Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Residential school survivor crisis line. For crisis support, call 1-800-721-0066 anytime of day.

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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.

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Indigenous Mental Health Program

This service provides culturally appropriate mental health care and support for Indigenous clients. For intake call 403-955-6645.

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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.

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Native Counselling Services of Alberta

Offers programs and services to Indigenous peoples including counselling, emergency housing and career workshops.

We R Native

Comprehensive online health resources for Indigenous youth (US-based).

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LGBTQ2S+ supports

The Alex

Provides support to LGBT2Q2S+ for physical and mental health, addiction, housing and food security.

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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 resource link.

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Centre for Sexuality

Offers short-term counselling for individuals regarding gender, sexuality, family planning and STI diagnoses.

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End of the Rainbow

End of the Rainbow connects sexually diverse people to volunteers to create: support groups and mentorship; match convention refugees to sponsor groups or ‘groups of five’; and provides language, employment, other training or educational services.

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Provides support, education and resources to parents, families and individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Skipping Stone

Organizes events and programs for trans and gender diverse individuals, offers mentorship and provides gender-affirming resources.

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Trans Lifeline

Offers a peer-support phone service as well as microgrants for trans and non-binary individuals.

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Racialized minorities and immigrant supports

Asian Mental Health Collective

Directory of Asian mental health professionals. Offer counselling and community events specifically for Asian individuals who may be struggling with mental health.

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BIPOC Mental Health YYC

A directory of BIPOC mental health professionals that offer services centered around equity-informed treatment.

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Centre for Newcomers

CFN offers mental health settlement, non-therapeutic counselling, and crisis intervention as necessary.

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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.

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Filipino Community Development Program

Offers programs to help members of the Filipino community in Calgary integrate into Canadian society, including one-on-one counselling.

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Healing in Colour

A directory of BIPOC therapists who are committed to supporting BIPOC. Find resources and therapists online and across Canada.

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Punjabi Community Health Services

Organizes community events, peer suppprt and informational sessions for members of South Asian communities.

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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.

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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.

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UCalgary resources for diverse populations

Neurodiversity Support Advising for students

Provides support to students on the autism spectrum, including navigating on and off campus resources.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    Queers on Campus

    Queer people and allies working together to encourage and promote understanding and acceptance within the greater university community.

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    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.

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