About Us 2018-05-04T16:57:10+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. With more than 30 courses to choose from, there is a course for everyone.

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 403-297-1402 or recovery.college@cmha.calgary.ab.ca. 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? 2018-05-04T17:05:26+00:00

The majority of courses are held at our Welcome Centre, but also in community venues across Calgary. Locations for each course can be found in the course summary.

How much do courses cost? 2018-05-04T17:05:53+00:00

Nothing! All courses are free, but you must register before attending. Drop-in courses do not require registration and are open to everyone (these are indicated in the prospectus).

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.

Recovery College – By the Numbers


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region is part of Canada’s most established national mental health organizations, the Canadian Mental Health Association. 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.

CMHA Calgary 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 post discharge/supportive living, street outreach, suicide bereavement and family support counselling therapy, and peer support programs for families and individuals. 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 Calgary strives to improve public understanding of mental health conditions at home, in the community and in the workplace through community education, influencing policy and mental health awareness initiatives.

CMHA – Calgary Region Programs

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