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Press Releases & Articles

October 2012

On October 1, 2012 the Human Resource Institute of Alberta (HRIA) posted an e-source article that I wrote regarding workplace mental health issues.  The mere notion of approaching a colleague/employee regarding concerns about their mental well-being often results in such a high degree of anxiety that the discussion is completely avoided.  You can read the article at  http://www.hria.ca/news-resources/e-source-article-1-october-2012. The Mental Health Commission of Canada has recently published its workplace mental health guidelines which emphasizes the importance of public education regarding mental health issues. As a qualified instructor for Mental Health First Aid Canada, I encourage you to utilize the educational options available to you/your company.  Many thanks to the HRIA editorial team for their support in accepting and sharing this article with their members.

May 1, 2012

The May 26 & 27, 2012  Mental Health First Aid course & charity fundraiser event for Defeat Depression was highlighted in today’s printed and on-line edition of the Calgary Herald (scroll below the articles headline photo).

Thank-you to the reporters and editorial team of the Real Life section of the Herald for your ongoing commitment to raising public awareness regarding mental health issues!


For more information, contact Gail today at:

  • (office) 403-457-4036  confidential voice mail available
  • (FAX) 403-457-4063
  • kermodecounselling@gmail.com

Past Projects & Events

Updated on October 12, 2013

I’ve had the honour of facilitating Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) classes for the Alberta Home Visitation Network Association, the Calgary Homeless Foundation, the Henday Association for Lifelong Learning (Innisfail), and several other organizations as a contract trainer for the MHFA Canada national office.  I’ve also met with the Drop-In Peer Support Group of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Chapter, to provide introductory information regarding the Mental Health First Aid (basic) course.  It has been inspiring to see people come together with a common interest and willingness to learn about various mental health problems and a framework to offer assistance.  Indeed, I have learned something new with every class I facilitate and I am thankful for the opportunity to share this information.

I was also invited to meet with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (Calgary branch) in the Spring 2013, and  Administrative Professionals from a Calgary oil & gas company in the Autumn 2013 to provide introductory information on assertive communication.  A portion of the honorariums were donated to organizations supporting mental well being & social supports.

To round out a busy season, I also spoke at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Adminstration’s (CAPLA) quarterly leadership breakfast October 1, 2013 regarding Toxic Workplaces and the relationship to mental health problems.   After discussion & facilitation of an experiential component, I briefly introduced a document by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the voluntary National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.    See CAPLA’s calendar of events for more details.

Posted on June 29, 2013

MHFA Door Prize winners for Defeat Depression 2013 MHFA Door Prize winners for Defeat Depression 2013

For the 2nd annual national Defeat Depression campaign, I raised donations in several ways.  For example, I presented a session on assertive communication to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (Calgary Chapter) and donated the honorarium on their behalf.  On May 16-17, 2013  I facilitated a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course in Calgary and donated $10 from each course registrant to the Defeat Depression Campaign.  And finally, donations raised from Defeat Depression’s blue “cause” bracelets were added to the pot from participants from the Calgary course in May, and later from a MHFA course I facilitated in Innisfail.  So far, we’ve raised $844 for this worthy cause.

Posted on June 4, 2012 


CHARITY FUNDRAISER EVENT:  Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Adult Course held on May 26 & 27, 2012 as highlighted in the May 1, 2012 print and online edition of the Calgary Herald!

Our class was the only 2012 Defeat Depression fundraising team in Alberta – We collected & donated $542.37 for this worthy cause.    

Calgary’s 2012 Defeat Depression Fundraising & Awareness Team – Gail is on the far left.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with how this MHFA charity fundraiser was run…

In support of the first national Defeat Depression campaign, Kermode Counselling Services & the North Calgary Business Centre collaborated to drastically reduce regular registration for the 12-hour MHFA basic (adult) course.  In exchange for this discounted rate,  we suggested a voluntary donation to the Defeat Depression campaign from course participants, and later the call for donations was opened to the public. This year’s campaign theme was “Move for Mental Health”, so we enjoyed a 15 minute group walk during the lunch break on May 27th – the above photo is of members of our class just prior to going on the walk.  You cannot tell from the photo, but we were all wearing our Defeat Depression T-shirts to make the message visible to the public while walking along a busy street.  To spread the word even further, many course participants took extra information booklets about depression for distribution at work & other locations.   Please note that supporting the Defeat Depression campaign was not mandatory to participate in this MHFA course, but the collective energy that was created by a shared focus certainly helped us get through an intense weekend of learning!

I am happy to report that I’ve received great evaluations for the Mental Health First Aid classes!  Contact me to be added to the email list for the next session or to make a private booking of 8+ adults.  Email kermodecounselling@gmail.com or call Gail at 403-457-4036.  Let me know if you are interested in similar fundraising events. Together, let’s “move for mental health”!

Current Projects & Events

March 26, 2014  Mental Health Gala for the Distress Centre on Campus  

I am excited and honoured to be an invited guest for the 1st Annual Mental Health Gala for the Distress Centre on Campus, being held tonight at the University of Calgary – MacEwan Hall Cassio A/B.

From their website, “Together we can make a difference. We are a passionate group aimed at raising awareness for Distress Centre Calgary and services available to support people in times of crisis”.  For more information see the dconcampus website.


MHFA (Basic) Course Updates for March 2014

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Course Option #1 & #2:  Gail has been contracted by the Alberta Home Visitation Network Association (AHVNA) to instruct 2 more Mental Health First Aid (Basic) classes for Spring 2014.  The course is open to the public at an excellent rate.

When:  Wed-Thurs May 7 & 8, 2014  and Tues-Wed May 27 & 28, 2014 (each course is 2 days) from 8:45 am to 4:15 pm each day.  Openings still available for both classes but space is running out for the May 7 & 8 class – Register today!

Where:  Hull Child and Family Services at 1847-48 Street SE Calgary – plenty of free street parking as well in the strip mall across from the venue (per agreement between the venue and strip mall owner)

Cost:  $125.00 for AHVNA members; $195.00 for non-members  (no host lunch)

Registration details:  see the AHVNA webpage to register – click on link noted above


Additional course information for all session:  can be found on the Mental Health First Aid Canada website

Remember, you don’t need prior experience to take MHFA!

If your organization has a group of 8 or more adults wanting to book a course, please call Gail today to schedule your group for a closed class.  2014 bookings are available through out the week for the (2 x 8 hour) class schedule, as well as the (4 x 3.25 hour) class schedule.  Gail will travel to areas outside of Calgary for classes.  What’s the advantage of a closed class? – you get to learn these important MHFA skills with the support of your team, and discussions can be tailored to the unique needs of your group.  Also, there are possible price adjustments if your organization is able to provide the space required to run a course.  Or you may opt to host the course for your group that is also open to the public – this may help generate revenue or offset costs for your organization.  The choice is yours!

This is an exciting time! – the public momentum to see improvements in the mental wellbeing for all Canadians has never before been as strong as it is today.  As of early 2013, over 75, 000 adults had received training from Mental Health First Aid Canada – join this international movement & contact Gail today!

email kermodecounselling@gmail.com or call Gail at 403-457-4036.