Mental Health Resources in Edmonton

Mental Health Resources in Edmonton

Hello all! Unscheduled blog post, but I’ve been inspired to make a write up with some details about the mental health resources here in Edmonton in the hopes that it can help someone start the right steps towards recovery. So here we go. First off, I’m going to outline the steps to getting help in our healthcare system.

The best thing you can do for yourself is find a good family doctor. Having a family doctor that you trust and is informed of your situation is the first line of defense. I didn’t realize how many resources out doctors in Edmonton really have. One of the main ones being – the PCN, or Primary Care Network. I have personally used this resource quite a few times and I can’t say enough good things about it. They have psychiatrists, dietitians, counselors, etc. And the best part? It’s all free! This is paid for by our government here in Alberta. The other aspect of finding a family doctor is they have to be the ones to refer you to a psychiatrist. So, this is the first and most important step.

Next step would be getting the psych evaluation done. This is important for an accurate diagnosis, as there’s only so much our doctors know about mental health. Psychiatrists are specialists in mental health issues and therefore it’s best to be diagnosed by them. The other great part of getting this evaluation done is that they can give your doctor medication recommendations. This is important in sustaining and stabilizing your mental health problems. Sometimes it takes a while to get in to see a psych, so while you’re waiting for that appointment, start seeking therapy from a counselor or psychologist.

Now, I’ve discussed this before but I’ll go over it again. Counselors are great, don’t get me wrong. But I do believe they are better suited for people with more generalized issues, such as general depression and anxiety. Another thing they’re good for is stress management. However, for people with more intense problems such as myself, who deal with childhood trauma or PTSD, or specific mental disorders such as bipolar, psychologists truly are the better way to go. Yes, they are more expensive. But I’ve personally found it so much more beneficial to my mental health. They also are a lot more trained in specific disorders/issues which is a comfort to know you’re in the hands of someone who is very experienced in your particular area you have to work on.

Alright, let’s discuss medications folks. Patient compliance is so freaking important. A lot of people have the issue where once they start feeling good on their medication, they stop taking it. They feel as if they do not need it and have cured themselves. Now, I have issue with this. The reason you are getting better is because of the medication my friends! PLEASE do not stop taking medications unless advised by your family doctor or psychiatrist. Do yourselves that favor. Because medication withdrawal is a real issue.

These are the first steps to maintaining a health mind! I’ll follow up with a list below of specific resources here in Edmonton and make sure I include price points where applicable.

 

Suicide Crisis Lines:

(780) 342-7777 or 780-482-HELP (4357)

Therapy options:

Community Counselling Centre http://www.communitycounsellingcentre.ca/

(780) 482-3711

10534 124 St #202, Edmonton, AB

($120/session but work on a sliding scale depending on your household income)

Equinox Therapeutic https://equinoxtherapeutic.com/

(780) 885-6454

Multiple locations throughout Edmonton

(beginning at $95/session-$180/session based on sliding scale)

Group Therapy:

Momentum Walk-in Counseling https://www.momentumcounselling.org/#

  • Have a variety of drop-in support groups for different disorders/mental problems

CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) https://edmonton.cmha.ca/

  • Have a variety of support group options

Royal Alexandra Hospital 

10959 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Addiction and Mental Health Access 24/7

Recently the Royal Alex opened up their addiction and mental health center that runs 24 hours a day. They have on site counselors and doctors.

Finding a Family Doctor

Go to https://search.cpsa.ca/physiciansearch and find yourself a family doctor to help you through your mental health issues

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