Free Mental Health Resources

These mental health resources will be added to over time.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

~ Maria

COVID-19 Resources

Mindfulness Daily can help you establish or deepen your meditation practice. It is a free 40-day mindfulness course that is simple, accessible and deep.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has published a first-of-its-kind, user-friendly playbook that provides a path to more effective solutions and better outcomes for businesses and employees. It also has tips, coping strategies and resources to manage your mental health during the pandemic.

Udemy released the Free Resource Center , a curated collection of more than 150 free Udemy courses to help students adapt to working from home, search for a job, maintain balance, and more.

Reflection in an age of anxiety - This link brings you 7 days of prompts to help maintain alignment during this tough time.

Tolerance for uncertainty - A COVID-19 workbook - Informed by dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa put together this amazing workbook that can be completed independently or with loved ones.

110+ FREE Resources for Kids to Use During the Coronavirus School Closures - I also believe this situation offers all parents a profound opportunity to connect, guide and nurture our children in a powerful new way.

Kelty's Key

A website devoted to cognitive behaviour (CBT) tools; short and effective strategies to get you through the difficulties experienced in any moment of anxiety, depression, panic, family struggles, and insomnia. CBT helps you notice and shift your thoughts and bring you to action and relief on your own.

High Functioning Borderline Personality Disorder Self-Test

Try this self-assessment based on the criteria outlined by the American Psychiatric Association’s official DSM-5 Borderline Personality Disorder. The test should take less than five minutes.

Drug Rehab is an informational resource for those who are affected by alcohol and drug dependence. The website provides extensive information on a multitude of addictions as well as various types of recovery options.

My Anxiety Plans

My Anxiety Plans (MAPs) are self help anxiety management tools.  The website contains two MAPs for children/teens and adults.  There are step by step instructions on how to use the MAPs .

Calgary/Alberta Guide to Mental Health Programs and Service

Community Connect YYC

Mental health support at low or no cost. Services include Rapid Access, Child and Family Counselling, Grief Support, Addiction Medicine, Support for Caregivers and Parents, Low Income Family Support, Immigrant Services, Sexual Health, Domestic Violence, etc.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Recovery College

Explore a whole range of free online workshops and virtual drop-in groups to support mental health and wellbeing.  Courses include Building Better Boundaries, Managing Your Inner Critic, Adulting 101, Adapting to Change During COVID, Food and Mood, Confront your Discomfort and Anxiety, Peer Support and Connect Groups and so much more.


Carya offers numerous mental health services including support groups and counselling. Counselling for individuals and families is offered on a sliding-scale basis as well as those aged 65 and older.

Catholic Family Service

Rapid-access, single-session counselling for individuals (on a self-determined, pay-what-you-can basis) regardless of faith with specialised programs for teenage parents and families. See all the options here.

Calgary Counselling Centre

Calgary Counselling Centre offers many resources for most mental health needs with fees based on income. No one is turned away. Call 1-833-827-4229 or visit this page to get started.

Distress Centre Calgary

Distress Centre Calgary is a 24-hour resource for Calgarians in distress, offering a number of services including counselling. Registrants can receive free, general, short-term crisis counselling for up to six sessions. Call 403-266-4357 or click here to enroll. It also offers free telephone support for youth under the banner of ConnecTeen — click here to learn more.

Wood’s Homes Eastside Community Mental Health Services

Wood’s Homes Eastside Community Mental Health Services (ECMHS) is a rich resource for mental health services. Among them are single-session therapy, extended therapy, “eTherapy” (offered via email) and more. All services are free. A good place to start is with ECMHS’s mental health system navigation services which will refer you to the correct department of ECMHS or an external organization if necessary.

Insight Counselling & Therapy Centre

Counselling for individuals, families, children, youth and groups is offered on a sliding-scale basis. No one is turned away due to lack of funds. Browse services here.


In response to COVID-19, JFSC (formerly Jewish Family Services Calgary) has created a mental health support line where clients can get up to three free sessions with a registered provisional psychologist. This is open to all — it is not faith-specific — and you can sign-up by calling 403-287-3510 or emailing

Africa Centre and Alberta Black Therapists Network

These two organizations have partnered to offer free therapy to Black Albertan individuals, families, couples and children. Register through the Africa Centre website or by calling 1-833-381-1242. Therapists speak a total of nine different languages and interpreter services are available for anyone whose language is not offered.

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Free one-on-one counselling and a suite of other mental health supports for immigrant women who are permanent residents, refugees and naturalized citizens are available through the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. Email for more information and to sign-up.

Immigrant Services Calgary

Refugees and immigrants are eligible for sliding-scale psychotherapy and counselling, as well as free multi-cultural in-home support and the “Become a Better You” program through Immigrant Services Calgary. Psychotherapy and counselling are available in 13 different languages. Learn more about each program here.

Calgary SCOPE Society

This organization is dedicated to supporting Calgarians who have developmental disabilities. Free counselling is offered to adults with developmental disabilities who have Persons with Developmental Disability (PDD) funding. Find the intake form here.

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse and the Centre for Sexuality

Crisis, Counselling and Education for all areas of sexual violence.  403.237.5888 for Counselling and 7866.403.8000  Sexual Violence Support Line.  

Calgary Centre for Sexuality offers free, short-term counselling services to address challenges related to sexuality and sexual health. On a case-by-case basis, additional sessions may be offered or clients can be referred to service partners. You can register in a variety of ways, all detailed

Skipping Stone

Transgender youth, adults and their families are eligible to self-refer for Skipping Stone’s counselling services. Based on ability to pay, clients can pay between zero and $150 per session for up to six sessions. Use Skipping Stone’s general intake form to get started.

Mental Health Worksheets / Websites / Webinars


Library programs:

Access to All Calgary Agency Programs and Services:  Dial  211

Suicide Crisis Line: 1800SUICIDE     Kids Help Phone:  1800.668.6868

More self help tools and resources coming soon.....


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Psychological Services
Service Type
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Provider Name
Maria R Schmid, Registered Psychologist,
1111 Olympic Way SE,Calgary,Alberta-T2G 0E6,
Telephone No.403-801-4839
Calgary, Alberta
Maria R. Schmid, Registered Psychologist, is a passionate counsellor, committed to the mental health and wholeness of individuals, couples and families. If you are looking for a psychologist in Calgary, please contact Maria R. Schmid, Psychology and Counselling Services.