About Us2019-04-11T14:26:27-06:00

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 our courses are co-developed and co-delivered in partnership with people who 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 well-being. No previous experience or education level is required.

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 questions, contact us at 780-414-6300 or [email protected]. We look forward to meeting you soon.

We are very fortunate to have many partnerships with community organizations to help make Recovery College Edmonton a success. We want to thank and acknowledge the following organizations:

How is Recovery College different from other mental health support groups/programs?2019-03-21T13:30:47-06:00

Our courses offer more structured learning experiences than many group programs. They’re designed with input from qualified and experienced educators AND people with lived experience. Each course has clear learning outcomes and activities to explore and build knowledge. Peer Support is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe everyone in the room has valuable insight to share. We see everyone as a teacher and a learner at the same time, including our facilitators.

How much do courses cost?2019-03-21T13:31:12-06:00

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

What conditions do I need to meet to attend?2019-03-21T13:31:25-06:00

All of our courses are open to everyone at all levels and at all stages of recovery. All we require is an open mind, a willingness to participate and be respectful of the other learners in the room.

What happens in a course?2019-03-21T13:31:41-06:00

Our courses are friendly, informative, engaging and enjoyable to help learners on their recovery journey. Two trained facilitators run each course, one who has personal experience of recovery and will share their experience as part of the course.

What other classes can I take with CMHA Edmonton?2019-03-22T09:42:16-06:00

CMHA Edmonton offers several drop-in classes to support wellness and recovery, which don’t require registration, and are free of charge. To learn more, visit: Peer Support Services.

Where will courses be held?2019-03-21T13:33:25-06:00

The majority of courses are held at CMHA Edmonton’s offices at Transition Place, but we will also have classes in community venues across Edmonton. Locations for each course can be found in the course summary.

Who can attend a Recovery College course?2019-03-21T13:33:34-06:00

Anyone aged 16+ affected by mental health or substance use issues who wants to explore their recovery journey and their own wellness. Anyone who is supporting a family or friend with a mental illness or substance use issue, as well as people working in the mental health field are welcome to attend. No referral is needed.

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, we provide direct service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 120 communities.

As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.

Local CMHA offices across Canada provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families. These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based. One of the core goals of these services is to help people with mental illness develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives. CMHA Edmonton has been providing services in the Edmonton region since 1954.

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For more info, please visit: https://edmonton.cmha.ca/programs-services

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