Connect to Helplines
There are many different local, provincial and national helplines available if you ever need them.
An initial call to 211 is a great first step in navigating which resource or helpline may be best for you.
You can search our entire database from our home page, but here’s a quick list to get you started:
Distress Line (CMHA) Edmonton Region:
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you experienced abuse? Are you contemplating suicide? Now is the time to talk about it. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call the Distress Line at any hour of the day and we’ll talk through it together.
Distress Centre Calgary:
Distress Centre Calgary provides 24 hour crisis support in Calgary and southern Albert through our 24 hour crisis line, email and daily chat and daily text for our youth. We also have professional counselling for clients with issues that can’t be resolved over the phone. For people needing information on community, social, community and health services we have 24 hour support on our 211 line. All our services are free.
Distress and Suicide Prevention Line of Southwestern Alberta (CMHA -Alberta South Region):
A 24 Hour Phone Support for Individuals Experiencing a Crisis in Southwestern Alberta. 24 hours, 7 days a week telephone support for people who are in distress and require support, intervention and/or information and referral services.
Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre:
The Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre (DMSCC) is a non-profit, charitable organization providing emergency shelter and support for women, with or without children, who are fleeing domestic violence, or who are in life crisis. The DMSCC also provides community support to help educate and empower all members of our communities.
Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention:
Provides emotional support to individuals struggling with life’s challenges and crisis situations 24 hours per day. This is a confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental service to those in crisis in Fort McMurray and Northeastern Alberta. Listeners meet people in their current state and provide them with a safe space to share their distress, and find the hope and the means to move forward.
Wheatland Shelter Society
The Wheatland Crisis Society provides ongoing supports and services to women, men and children affected by family abuse, as well as educational and community support services in the Strathmore area.
Wood’s Homes is a nationally-recognized children’s mental health centre based in Calgary, AB. Programs include 24/7 crisis counselling via telephone/text/live chat and mobile response, as well as no charge/walk-in counselling for families, couples and individuals.
Alberta Addictions Helpline: 24 hr helpline
A toll free confidential service which provides alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling support, information and referral to services. The Addiction Helpline operates 24 hour a day, seven days a week and is available to all Albertans.
Toll Free: 1-866-332-2322
Health Link provides a number of clinical services including tele-triage and health advice, navigation services and online content support for all Albertans
A telephone service, which provides free 24/7 nurse advice and general health information for Albertans.
Crisis Services Canada is a collaboration of distress and crisis centres from across Canada, offering Canada’s first nationally available, regionally delivered suicide prevention service available to anyone thinking about or affected by Suicide.
Indian Residential School Crisis Line
A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling anytime 24/7:
Toll Free: 1-866-925-4419
A 24- hour, toll-free helpline in Alberta for anyone experiencing family violence or abuse, or who knows someone that has questions about family violence.
Provides information about family violence programs and services, as well as advice and support through telephone and chat.