Eastside Community Mental Health Services will be closed on December 7
Due to technology upgrades, Eastside Community Mental Health Services (ECMHS) will be closed on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Our community partner, Distress Centre, is available for support 24-7. Please call 403-266-4357 (HELP). ECMHS crisis counsellors will be available on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8 am.
We are hiring!
Wood’s Homes is hiring Therapeutic Foster Caregivers (Home Fire Keepers) for our Therapeutic Foster Care Program in Calgary, Cold Lake, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Lac La Biche.
As a Home Fire Keeper, you will tend to the emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive development of children and youth through a cultural lens. You will be fully supported by a team of specialists, Elders, knowledge-keepers and a clinician.
Click here to learn more and apply.
Welcome to Wood's Homes.
We are a children’s mental health centre that provides treatment and support for children, youth, and families with mental health challenges. We are a non-profit organization and have been working with families since 1914.
Our 500 staff provide more than 40 programs and services in Calgary, Lethbridge, Strathmore and Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Cold Lake, and Lac La Biche.
Wood’s Homes is nationally recognized as a knowledge and training centre. We are accredited by Accreditation Canada which has awarded us with Exemplary Standing three times.
If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us by calling 403-299-9699.
It's National Addictions Awareness Week (November 20-26, 2022). This year's theme, A Community of Caring, is about collaborating as a community to make meaningful changes for and help those with problematic substance use or who have a substance use disorder.
Being in an active addiction can be lonely and isolating. Many people feel shame and guilt about their addiction, and do not feel comfortable or safe to reach out for help. By creating professional and personal support in a holistic way, it is possible for those who struggle with addictions to feel safe enough to be unapologetically honest and open about what they need and how they feel.
Every year on November 20th, Canada celebrates the rights of children on what is called National Child Day.
This year’s theme is ‘The Right to Participate'.
At Wood’s Homes, we value a child’s right to participate. Working from a client and person-centered approach, we listen to and value the feedback of the children we serve. By giving children the right to participate in their treatment and care, we give them a voice and teach them the skills they need to advocate for themselves as they grow into youth and journey into adulthood.
When discussing bullying, our minds often jump to Pink Shirt Day and “zero-tolerance policies” that have continued to develop over the last few decades. Bullying is often labelled as negative behaviour, encompassing “malicious” or “mean” characteristics. All of us can agree that bullying has profoundly negative impacts on children and youth and that it is necessary to work towards ending it. Bringing awareness and zero-tolerance policies for bullying are a few of the ways that schools and organizations work towards eradicating these behaviours.
Although these zero-tolerance policies and Pink Shirt Day have existed for years, we all still work in a world with children and youth where we witnessing clients engage in bullying behaviours on a relatively regular basis. So, what needs to be shifted in the conversation?