The Mental Health Education program at the Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region (CMHA - Calgary) is a contact-based education program focusing on Calgary and area Junior and Senior High Schools. Educators provide interactive, current, evidence-based, age-appropriate mental illness and stigma education sessions. Educators are able to draw on personal experiences to bring context to the presentations. As well, through the "Speakers Bureau" attached to the program, volunteers with lived experience co-present and share their experiences with mental illness, stigma and recovery.
Volunteers complete a period of extensive training, orientation, shadowing and supervision before they present to classrooms. The volunteers bring incredible dimension and stories of hope to the knowledge presented and share age-appropriate information regarding their experiences.