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CMHA branches across Manitoba offer a variety of services. Our services are informed by CMHA’s Framework for Support and the recovery model as a basis for working with people with mental health illnesses and challenges.

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers a range of education services dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and well-being. These services aim to empower individuals and communities to better understand and address mental health challenges.

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Recovery Colleges provide an innovative learning space where CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg participants can access free courses, webinars, workshops, and events to learn, gain new skills, and connect with others in their community.  

The CMHA Well-Being Learning Centre is for everyone in the community; folks with lived experience, family members, friends, service providers, and individuals looking to strengthen their well-being.  

We offer many free courses that are informative and interactive. We know that the best learning happens when personal stories and lived experience are shared.  


Check out our list of scheduled courses here.

Visit our events page here!


OCD Centre Manitoba focuses on the following three areas: 

  • Recovery and empowerment 
  • Providing opportunities for self-help 
  • Reducing stigma associated with OCD and Hoarding disorders 

The OCD Centre Manitoba is for individuals who need help with OCD and/or Hoarding disorders and are looking to make a change. 

OCD Centre Manitoba provides the following services: 

  • Support groups for people with OCD and/or hoarding disorder 
  • Information and educational courses and programs to promote recovery 
  • Service navigation of community resources 
  • Individual and family peer support 

You can contact the OCD Centre by email at or by phone through the Service Navigation Hub at 204-775-6442 

Workshops and presentations regarding OCD and Hoarding Disorder are available for community groups and professionals. Please contact us by email at to arrange delivery of any of the following:   

Buried in Treasures 

Hoarding is often associated with a significant reduction in quality of life, and in extreme cases, it can pose serious health risks. This course provides an evidence based, effective program to help those with hoarding disorders to gain control over clutter and chaos in their homes. It is a program that involves skill-building, learning to think about possessions in a different way, and gradual challenges to help people manage their clutter. A workbook accompanies the course and will be used each session with homework assignments between sessions (15 sessions, each session is 2 ¼ hours long, delivered in person) 

Insights into Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding is defined as the acquisition of, and inability to discard items even when they appear to have no value. Hoarding behaviour and the experience of hoarding disorder is extremely complicated and personal. This course will provide information about signs and symptoms of hoarding disorder and provide ideas regarding treatment options and how to provide compassionate support to a person struggling with hoarding. (2-hour presentation delivered in person or online) 

Insights into OCD

OCD is a mental illness that his made up of two parts: obsessions and compulsions. It is a distressing experience that can cause anxiety. This course will provide information about signs and symptoms of OCD and explore the experience of obsessions and compulsions. Treatment options and strategies to manage OCD will be shared. (2-hour presentation delivered in person or online) 

Supporting OCD Recovery for Family Members and Caregivers 

Recovery is the process of re-defining and re-building life with the experience of OCD and other mental health issues. This course is an opportunity for family members and caregivers with loved ones diagnosed with OCD to explore the principles of recovery and strategies to provide support and encouragement. There will be opportunities for discussion in this course and a focus on the well-being needs of families and caregivers. (2 online sessions, 2 ½ hours in length for each session, delivered online or in person) 

Welcome to the OCD Centre

A presentation providing information about the services provided by the OCD Centre and some basic information about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for people who experience OCD and Hoarding Disorder. This course is typically offered upon request by organizations and programs and provided for CMHA staff. (one hour presentation delivered in person or online) 


No, while ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop. ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.

Our ASIST courses are led by two registered facilitators and every person who completes the 2-day (15 hour) course receives a certificate. This course is typically offered over two consecutive days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at our location, 930 Portage Avenue. We offer courses open to the public throughout the year but if you have a group of 10 people or more in need of ASIST training, we can offer a course for your group at the location of your choice. Contact us for more information about group courses. 

Participants aim to learn how to: 
  • Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions 
  • Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs 
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it 
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large 
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care 

$275.00 per person.

Please contact us at 204-982-6100 or for more information.


The aim of the program is to provide education, empowerment, and hope by developing positive ways of interacting with loved ones who are struggling with mental illness and/or substance use but are not ready to make changes or get help. 


CRAFTS goals are: 

  • To improve the quality of life and functioning of the concerned significant other.
  • To reduce their loved one’s maladaptive behaviours and/or substance use.
  • To engage the loved one in treatment or support.

Program participants should be 18 years or older and looking to support someone struggling with a mental illness or substance use challenge (alcohol or drugs).  

To register for the CRAFT program please visit our events page.


LivingWorks ‘Start’ is a 90-minute, online training program that will teach you how to recognize when someone is having thoughts of suicide and to take meaningful action to keep them safe. 

Accessible via any computer, smartphone, or tablet, LW Start includes customization, simulations, and interactive content. You’ll learn about suicide and its prevention, receive personalized information, and gain a series of skills to keep someone safe and alive. 

Start is an ideal option for anyone who wants to help keep others safe, regardless of prior background or experience. Start can be taken by anyone 18 years and up. For those 15-17 years, collaboration with a parent or guardian is recommended. 

To sign up for Start training, please click on the Link . It will take you to an online secure payment portal. Currently, Start training is discounted to $20 to support our communities during COVID-19. 

Once purchased, Start training will be accessible within 1-2 business days. For more information about ‘Start’ please contact


Living Life to the Full is a community-based course that provides simple, practical skills for coping with stress, problem solving, boosting your mood, and busting bad thoughts.
Facilitators help deliver the course by presenting a new topic at each weekly class, bringing the skills to life though booklets, worksheets, group activities and discussions.


Living Life to the Full for Youth is a community-based course that provides simple, practical skills for coping with stress, problem solving, boosting your mood, and busting bad thoughts. Adapted from the adult course, the course is designed for youth ages 14-18. 

Young adult facilitators help deliver the course alongside experienced adult Living Life to the Full certified facilitators. Together they present a new topic at each weekly class, bringing the skills to life though booklets, worksheets, group activities and discussions. 


Anyone in the community over the age 18 who wants to learn how to respond appropriately to someone who may be having challenges related to their mental health. 

This 9-hour course opens with a self-directed module (Module 1) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practise throughout the face-to-face classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3). Course participants are required to complete Module 1 before participating in Module 2 and 3. 

The cost for the training is $275 

For more information

To find out more about our Community Education workshops, please contact Stephen Sutherland at or 204-982-6134

To request a workshop from the CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg Community Education service, please complete the workshop form below

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