Free Services

Wellness Desk

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Anything troubling you? We can help.

Access free mental health and addictions support, health information, and referral to services by calling or texting with a mental health professional.  

This free service is available by calling 403.299.9699 (8 am – 11 pm) or texting 587.315.5000 (9 am – 10 pm). 

Central Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Central Library Wellness Desk is located in room 3-19A.

Crowfoot Library Hours

Monday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Shawnessy Library Hours

Wednesday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In partnership with Wood's Homes. This initiative is generously supported by BMO Financial Group, Boone-Poole Family Foundation, the City of Calgary, Totem Charitable Foundation, and donors of the Calgary Public Library Foundation.

Mental Health Resources

Crisis Counselling

Calgary Distress Centre
24-hour crisis counselling conducted over the phone.

Eastside Mental Health Community Services (Urgent)
Available to support families in crisis over the phone or in person.  

Hope For Wellness Helpline
This resource offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.

For kids, teens, and parents

Calgary ConnecTeen
Phone, text, chat, or find mental health resources for teens and parents. Run by the Calgary Distress Centre.

Equipped from CMHA Calgary
EQUIPPED offers mental health courses and tools for young adults. It provides an online platform for learning through modules and workbooks.

Kids Help Phone Canada
Phone, text, chat, or find resources for children and teens looking for mental health support.

General Wellness

211 Alberta
Information and community resources including mental health and support with basic needs. Dial 2-1-1 to call.

811 Health Link Alberta
Provides 24/7 advice from a Registered Nurse. Available in 200 languages. Dial 8-1-1 to call.

Awo Taan Healing Lodge
Local resource centre provides healing resources guided by the seven sacred teachings, and traditional knowledge.

Community Education Service (CES)
Provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, public education sessions on child and youth emotional wellness and health topics. Run by Alberta Health Services

Help in Tough Times
Links to all support services and wellness resources provided by Alberta Health Services.

Steps to Support
Created by the United Way and Social Impact Lab, this toolkit is helpful for people who want to learn more about mental health, or support those in need of mental health assistance.

General Mental Health

A free Alberta Health Service program providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based text messages written by mental health therapists.

Calgary Counselling Centre
Offers counselling for individuals, couples, and families. 

Access Mental Health
A non-urgent service providing information, consultation, and referrals for individuals with addiction and / or mental health concerns. Visit the website or call 403.943.1500. 

Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary Region Peer Support
Speak to someone with lived experience of mental health or substance use concerns.

Mental Health Wellness Videos
A series of short (one to 2.5 minutes) videos on mental wellness by a doctor from Alberta Health Services on a variety of topics.

Receive a daily dose of inspiration and advice, straight to your phone via text message. The project was started by a University of Alberta researcher to support mental health during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Specific Information

Coping and Connection for Children and Families During COVID-19
Information and support from Alberta Health Services about mental health for children and families during COVID-19.

Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Tips for coping with stress from the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
Information and tips from Alberta Health Services on COVID-19 and mental health.

Healthy Together
A guide to family and home life during COVID-19. Each weekday, Alberta Health Services posts a new story about how families can be healthy, active, and safe during these changing times.


Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Tips for helping children cope with stress, from the World Health Organization.

Wood's Homes
Information and resources about mental health, including resources for supporting you and your family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practical and Emotional Preparedness for a Pandemic
Information from Alberta Health Services to help you prepare and maintain healthy habits during the pandemic.