Mental Health Programs: Wood Buffalo Region (Fort McMurray)

If you or a loved one are facing a mental illness, it’s important to know you are not alone.

Anger Management for Teens

This is a four-session program for teens dealing with their own anger or the anger of others. Teens gain a better understanding of how and why they respond to anger triggers the way they do; they learn how to change their negative responses and replace them with positive ones.

Anger Management for Adults

We all get angry from time to time. This four-week course is for anyone facing anger problems. Participants learn strategies to deal with their anger or the anger of another person. Participants are asked to monitor their anger for several weeks and notice changes as they practice techniques used in the workshops.

Active Parenting of Teens

This program for parents of preteen or teenaged children focuses on down-to-earth, practical ways to meet the challenges of raising teenagers in today’s fast-paced society. Many parents need special tools to communicate with teens and help in understanding the problems and challenges facing their children. In six weeks, participants learn tools to increase communication, leading to a happier family home.

Active Parenting

This program helps parents develop courage, responsibility, and character in their children through a three-evening, video- and discussion-based workshop. Family is the foundation for everyone’s mental health, and this workshop gives parents tools to actively and positively succeed at parenting.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies

Parents in families with stepchildren need support and strategies in dealing with specific problems that arise from this family makeup. Everyone needs to learn new rules, and both children and adults need to build relationships with their new family members. This video-based program enables parents and step-parents to guide their children through the transition to a new family matrix, build a powerful parenting team, and strengthen their marriage.

Working with Stress

Current research now links stress-related illnesses like depression to physical illness. This program is for anyone facing our modern-day stresses. Learn how to recognize the stresses in your daily life, and make stress a positive influence in your life.

Seniors Outreach

This is for seniors who are in need of support or service referrals, who may be feeling isolated and are having difficulties with everyday life. The program promotes social independence and a sense of dignity and well-being, while assisting older persons to identify and act on their own social needs. Outreach workers help clients access services and programs and visit homebound clients.

Self-Esteem for Women/Self-Esteem for Men

If you feel a need to re-evaluate and nurture your self-esteem, this program is for you. With particular stresses of shift work, living without families and in isolation, many men and women need this support. Why is self-esteem so important? How do we learn to feel that we are competent and loveable? This program helps participants explore and answer these questions.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce

This program is for parents who are divorced and sharing parenting responsibilities. This extensive, informed, and interactive program examines the complex realities of parenting and divorce. The program is designed to improve the quality of parental relationships in situations of separation and divorce, preparing parents to work positively with each other in parenting their children.

Mental Health Consumer Advocate

The consumer advocate helps in areas such as the Mental Health Act, housing, social assistance and/or AISH, education, income tax preparation, budgeting, clothing, and many other necessities. The program offers a referral service to clients, facilitation of support groups, assistance in goal planning, information and resources and will also advocate on behalf of clients to fulfill their basic needs and human rights.

Building Self-Esteem in Your Child

This course offers tools to parents of children between the ages of 5 and 13 that will encourage self-esteem in their children. In four sessions, parents are given strategies to engender their child’s sense of basic worthiness and competency. This course offers techniques for giving children a healthy foundation for life.