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Family Connections - Skill Development

Family Connections is an evidence based, skills training program for friends and family members supporting loved ones struggling with mental illness.

The program is based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and is designed specifically for family members and friends of those struggling with emotional dysregulation (intense feelings of sadness, shame, anger, anxiety, impulsivity, mood swings and / or suicidal ideation). Participants learn practical coping and communication skills to help them regain balance in their lives and manage emotional reactions to challenging situations more effectively. Family Connections is delivered by trained peer facilitators who have “lived experience” using these skills in their own families.

Thre is no registration fee. Participants can take the program as many times as they want or need to.

Contact Details

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

Location Info
Free parking in surface lot outside front entrance for weekend sessions.
666 5 Street SW
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 4H6

Main entrance

Parking stalls and washrooms

Getting There

Parking available

Parking map

Hours of Operation

Double weekend intensive or weekly evening programs offered 4 times per year.


Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Service Access

Register on the Sashbear Foundation website to be notified by email of sessions available in Alberta; To be added to a class list, applicants must be willing to attend all classes in a session.

Free parking in surface lot outside the front door.

Wait Times

Weekly evening or double weekend intensive sessions offered 4 times per year.



Sashbear Foundation, Mental Health Foundation, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

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