About Us2019-07-05T06:26:07+00:00

Welcome to Recovery College!

Where real people with real experiences share what works.

Using an educational-based approach, Recovery College offers courses to help people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery journey. All of our courses are co-developed and co-delivered in partnership with our peer supporters and students who are experts by experience: they have their own personal experience of a mental health or addiction concern, or are supporting a loved one.

Everyone – family, friends, caregivers, professionals and the general public – are welcome to attend our free courses on recovery and wellbeing. No previous experience or education level is required. There are currently six courses to choose from.

Our Recovery College courses are interactive and create positive learning experiences, emphasizing connection, hope and belonging. An emphasis is placed on an individual’s talents and strengths. Our courses inspire optimism, encourage students to consider future opportunities, and move people towards personal empowerment. Recovery is a journey, not a destination.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at (780)743-1053 or [email protected] We look forward to meeting you soon.

Who can attend Recovery College courses?2018-05-04T17:04:38+00:00

Anyone aged 16+ affected by mental health or addiction who want to explore the recovery journey and their own wellness. Those who are supporting a family or friend, as well as people working in the mental health field are welcome to attend. No referral is needed.

What happens in a course?2018-05-04T17:05:06+00:00

Our courses are friendly, informative, engaging and enjoyable to help students on their recovery journey. Two trainers co-facilitate each course – one an expert by profession, working in their field of expertise; the other an expert by experience, those who have personal experience who will share their experience as part of the course.

Where will the courses be held?2019-01-04T16:30:26+00:00

The courses are held at the UNIFOR Building, Suite #27B  – 10019 MacDonald Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1S9.

How much do courses cost?2019-01-04T16:31:27+00:00

Nothing! All courses are free, but you must register before attending.

How is the Recovery College different from mental health support groups/programs?2018-05-04T17:06:16+00:00

Our courses offer more structured learning experiences than a typical group program. They’re designed with input from qualified and experienced educators based on contemporary learning theory. Each course has clear learning outcomes and activities to explore and build knowledge.

What qualifications do I need to have to attend Recovery College?2018-05-04T17:06:41+00:00

None. All of our courses are open to everyone at all levels and at all stages of recovery. All we require is an open mind and a willingness to participate.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a nationwide charitable organization which formed in Canada in 1918, Alberta in 1955, and then in Fort McMurray in 1984.

CMHA facilitates access to resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness and substance use.

Our Vision

Mentally healthy people in a healthy society

Our Mission

A nation-wide voluntary organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports people experiencing mental illness.

Our Goal

To provide services to all demographic areas in the region.

CMHA Wood Buffalo builds awareness and provides education and support for individuals and families living with mental health or substance use concern, or a loss by suicide. We provide community-based support programs, including Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, Anger Management, and Peer Support to mention a few.

We work closely with other community organizations to assist in bridging gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.

CMHA – Wood Buffalo Region Programs

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