Megan Brady
Communications Specialist 
Telephone # 1-844-CMHA WWD (264-2993) ext. 2106
Charitable # 118834183 RR0001

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Program Story

Skills for Safer Living

The Skills for Safer Learning program runs for twenty weeks and provides group participants the opportunity to develop specific strategies and skills to identify, interrupt, and change their behaviour about suicide. The group process and content has been derived from innovative work that has developed over the last ten years at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. At the conclusion of the twenty week skills group, participants are invited to attend an ongoing peer support group that provides participants the opportunity to practice and refresh the skills they have learned.

Skills for Safer Learning is a unique program. Since the program began in 2010, there have been no known suicides of the participants of the program. Allan Strong, Team Lead for Skills for Safer Living, says “The focus of the Skills for Safer Living Program is to provide people the opportunity to re-connect with life. One participant said when they started the group: ‘I was living to die, and as I leave the group, I am dying to live.’ Several participants have told us that they feel more hopeful and that they have a stronger belief that they have a future. It has been a humbling experience to see the transition that takes place in participants as they move through the group.”

Donation Impact

Founded in 1918, The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness. CMHA Waterloo Wellington serves children, adults and seniors all under one roof. Donations help us to provide the best possible service experience for those with mental health, developmental and addiction needs.

Giving Opportunity

Your donations can help CMHA WW deliver important services to people who need help. To make a donation over the phone, please call 1-844-CMHA WW3 (264-2993) ext. 2112 with your credit card number.

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