It has been over six months since our city witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in history – the floods of 2013. Regardless of the time passed, the effects of the floods are still being felt today. To help aid citizens in their mental health recovery, we are pleased to announce the opening of High River Counselling Centre, a division of Calgary Counselling Centre, on January 28, 2014.
As time passes we see the physical rebuilding of our city: new buildings, new homes and new businesses, but what we don’t always see is the emotional rebuilding. The post-flood focus was on responding to the physical damage of the city; now the focus needs to be on responding to the emotional damage that some are grappling with. Feelings of loss are still very real for many, while worries of the upcoming summer may be setting in.
“We are honoured to be able to meet the immediate mental health needs of Calgary and now High River and area,” says Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, Chief Executive Officer at Calgary Counselling Centre. “People have remarkable resiliency and given the proper care, they will recover.”
High River Counselling Centre will be focused on providing mental health support to individuals, couples, parents, youth and families to help work through emotional and social problems. The Centre will enjoy the same highly trained staff and counselling methods that have been developed by the Calgary Counselling Centre for over 50 years.
High River Counselling Centre is a partnership between Calgary Counselling Centre, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) High River, Town of High River, Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services in an effort to support the mental health needs of the community. This initiative has also received generous support from The Calgary Foundation Flood Rebuilding Fund, RBC Foundation, Cenovus and a number of private donors.
Through funding from the Government of Alberta, High River Counselling Centre is pleased to offer, free counselling to all High River and surrounding area residents until March 31, 2015.
To register for counselling call 403-691-5991 or drop in to the High River Counselling Centre at Unit 101, 122 – 4th Avenue SW, High River, AB (next door to the Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force Office).