Family Doctor

Do you have a family doctor? A family doctor can help you navigate your mental health journey and refer you to specialists.

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Health Link 811

Alberta Wide

Tollfree 1-866-408-5465 (Canada-wide toll free)

A telephone service, which provides free 24/7 nurse advice and general health information for Albertans.

Health Link provides a number of clinical services including tele-triage and health advice, navigation services and online content support for all Albertans by calling 811 or by using one of its companion web products, or The specific services include:

  • Symptom-based nurse triage and health information

  • System navigation

  • Dementia Advice Service

  • Catch-A-Break Osteoporosis screening

  • AlbertaQuits Tobacco Helpline

  • Addictions information and referral

  • Central Access to specialized services

  • Referrals to clinical services including Specialized Medication Advice and Dietitian Services

Call 211

Call 211 and you will have access to an entire network of community, social, health and government services. Your call will be answered by a professional information and referral specialist who is trained to assess your need and refer you to the most appropriate service or services. This service is offered in over 200 languages and it is also available throughout Alberta. 

211 is free, confidential, multilingual and available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Don’t like talking on the phone? Online chat is available from 12-8pm daily at

If you see someone in distress, you can help before emergency services are needed by calling 211 and pressing 3.



Free Canadian Medication Savings Card

How it works

Join 1.5 million Canadians already saving and get your card today. The innoviCares card is a free prescription savings card available to all Canadian residents, and is funded by participating pharmaceutical manufacturers. Present your innoviCares card at your pharmacy and ask for the brand-name medication. Your card will automatically cover a portion of the cost of the original brand.

Your innoviCares card will coordinate with your existing insurance plan(s), or if you don't have insurance, it can be used on its own.


You can easily download a card to get started today.


Pfizer Original Brand Medication Card

Join the Program

The Pfizer Originals Program is all about helping you stay on your original brand medication while providing you with helpful information about your medication, articles on health and wellness, and much more! All you have to do is join the program. Join here 

The program also provides payment assistance. With the Pfizer Originals payment assistance card, you can remain on the original brand medication at little or no additional cost versus the generic. Availability and level of payment assistance vary by brand medication and province. Payment assistance will vary based on your insurance plan coverage of the original brand medication.


The Pfizer Originals payment assistance card works just like the card for your insurance plan. When at the pharmacy, give the card to your pharmacist and they will enter it into their system. You will immediately be covered for most, if not all, of the difference between the original brand and the generic.


Distress and Help Lines

Across Alberta

Distress Lines

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you experienced abuse? Are you contemplating suicide? Now is the time to talk about it. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call the Distress Line 24/7 to talk through it.

1. Edmonton and Northern Alberta: Crisis 24 hours:

(Toll-Free) 1-800-232-7288 or (780) 482-HELP (4357) 

2. Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta: Crisis 24 Hours:

(Toll-Free) 1-888-787-2880 or (403) 327-7905 

3. Fort McMurray and Northeastern Alberta: Crisis 24 hours:

(Toll Free) 1-800-565-3801 or (780) 743-HELP (4357)

4. Calgary and Surrounding area: Crisis 24 hours: 

(403) 266-HELP (4357)  Calgary Distress Centre

Customer Support Representative

Mental Health Help Line

1. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Alberta-Wide

Toll Free 1-877-303-2642  (Alberta Health Services)

  • confidential, anonymous service

  • crisis intervention

  • information about mental health programs and services

  • referrals to other agencies if needed

Recommend Resources 


1. International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation -

2. Download the Canadian Sunnybrook OCD Handbook - Here

3. Anxiety Canada - 

4. OCD Edmonton -

5. The OCD Stories -

6. Tourette OCD Alberta Network - Website 



1. Anxiety and the Amygdala


1. UNSTUCK: an OCD kids movie

2. Uncovering OCD: The Truth About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

books in a line


Light Reads:

1. The Imp of The Mind - Lee Bear

2. Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

3. I Hardly Ever Wash my Hands: The Other Side of OCD - J.J. Keeler

4. Being me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live my Life - Alison Dotson

5. History is all you Left me - Adam Silvera

6. Finding Perfect - Elly Swartz

Medium Reads:

1. Understanding OCD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals - Adam Lewin at al

2. Teens and OCD - Barbara Sheen

3. Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts, How to Gain Control of Your OCD - David A. Clark and Christine Pardon

4. Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family -  Landsman PhD, Karen JParrish MA, Kathleen M, Pedrick RN, Cherlene


Hefty Reads:

1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Theory, Research and Treatment - edited by R.P. Swinson, M.M. Antony, S. Rachman, & M.A. Richter

2. Child and Adolescent Obsessive-compulsive disorder - edited by E.A. Storch, G.R. Geffken, & T.K. Murphy


1. The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Hyman PhD LCSW, Bruce M.Pedrick RN, Cherlene 

2. The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Jon Hershfield and Tom Cowboy