Effective October 1, 2021, BRIDGES is participating in the Alberta Restrictions Exemption Program. As such, all visitors will be asked to provide proof of Covid vaccination, proof of medical exemption or proof of a recent negative Covid Rapid Test. Masks and sanitizing/handwashing continue to be mandatory, and we are keeping our maximum seating at 15 people.
Check our calendar below to see scheduled activities; all are free to attend.
You can still make an appointment with Janice or Alphia for one-on-one social outreach, mental health support and referrals, access a public computer, get help with technology or learn more about our programs. You can also make an appointment to renew your society membership, make a personal tax-deductable donation or learn about becoming a volunteer. Call 780-865-4464 or book online HERE.
Wednesdays (weather permitting): Enjoy a walk in the neighbourhood or in nature, in a group or one-on-one. Get some light exercise or take some nature photos while making meaningful connections with others in our community to help support your mental wellness! Check out our calendar below.
Join us Tuesdays for Swimming at the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre . (See our calendar below.) Contact Alphia to register and for more info!
BRIDGES has plots at the local Community Greenhouse. Dig in the dirt with us and help us cultivate food to take home or share this fall with our Gardening program! Ask Alphia for details. Gardeners visit the greenhouse twice a week or more.
*Returning soon* Part of our Social Recreation Program, The Dungeons & Dragons Network meets monthly at BRIDGES to make connections and play in a supportive, inclusive setting. Learn the game, learn to DM, meet others to create new playgroups. We embrace diversity!
*This activity is suspended until the bowling alley reopens* - Schedule TBA
Bowling isn't just a social, party activity! It also builds strength and stretches muscles and ligaments. It's also lots of fun, in a small group with others!
*OUR ANNUAL FUNDRASIER IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO TEMPORARY ENHANCED RESTRICTIONS RELATING TO COVID-19* Support BRIDGES' services by entering a team of 6 into one of our annual Trivia Night Fundraisers to compete for glory and prizes! Register a team for $180 or individual for $30 (we will find you a team) and help us raise money to fund our programming. Our next Trivia Night Fundraiser event is TBA.
Explore creative self expression in activities like Art Journaling for Mental Wellness, rock painting, holiday crafts, making dreamcatchers and more. Check our calendar for this month's activities!
*CURRENTLY BY ZOOM - CALL 780-865-4464 FOR DETAILS* The Hinton Ukulele Group meets at BRIDGES every Wednesday at 7:00 PM to learn to play new songs for fun and fellowship! There are ukuleles available for loan, to those without. All skill levels are welcome! Physical distancing accomodated!
*CURRENTLY BY ZOOM - CALL 780-865-4464 FOR DETAILS* Knit Night with The Hinton Yarnbags takes place most Tuesdays at 7:00 PM for yarn crafting and mutual support. Learn to knit or crochet, get help with a project, or help others. We are now meeting in person at BRIDGES again with physical distancing. Please mask, unless seated 2m from non-cohort participants.
*Returning Winter 2021, subject to Covid measures*
At 7:00 PM on the last Friday of each month (depending on facility availability), BRIDGES hosts a community Jam Session. Bring your instruments and come play and sing along, or simply sit back and enjoy the music!
The coffee is always on at BRIDGES. Come and meet new people and old friends for coffee and conversation in a safe and caring environment with physical distancing. Reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and support each other with open conversations and acceptance. Feeling shy? That's okay, we respect your personal space, all are welcome.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are Hot Lunch Days at BRIDGES. This program offers social meals for those living with food scarcity as well as people who want to share a family meal experience, for relief of isolation and loneliness often experienced by retired and senior people, newcomers and people living with physical or mental illness. Seating is still limited at 15.
The first Tuesday of each month, brought to you by the Hinton FCSS Family Life Coordinator, in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories, this is a peer support group for caregivers. Please email Charlene at email@example.com or call 780-223-8009 to register.
*RETURNING TBA* Men's Coffee Group on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM are facilitated by a registered social worker from the Yellowhead Emergency Shelter in the capacity of Family Violence Prevention. These are both on ZOOM at the moment, but you can come to BRIDGES to attend remotely, if you need help with devices or Zoom. For more information about these groups, please contact YES at 780-865-4359.
We've concluded another amazing Carefree Friday BBQ series! Thank you to our 2021 sponsors, Hinton Freson Bros. Valley, A&W Hinton, REMAX Hinton, CE Solutions, Rock Lake Counselling & Consulting, Hinton Physical Therapy, and M&M Meat Shops Hinton. After event expenses, sponsorships and donations totalled $1457.00, all of which goes right back into our programs to support mental health! Thank you all!
Participants will learn how to:
Mental Health First Aid Supporting Youth, Seniors, and more courses are available online for $250 from the MHFA website
"Togetherall is a digital mental health support service which is available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides monitor the community to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members. In addition to Togetherall's online community, you will have access to a wealth of useful resources and can work through tailored self-help courses covering topics such as anxiety, sleep, weight management, depression and many more. "
The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta's Family & Caregiver Support group exists to provide you with a hopeful, safe and supportive environment to discuss your thoughts and feelings, learn coping methods, and be empowered with knowledge about schizophrenia.
Hinton's Support Group meets the first Monday of each month on ZOOM to talk through important issues, hear from educational speakers, and just connect and support one another.
211 is a free, confidential service that provides information and referral to a wide range of community, social and government services.
Our certified community resource specialists are trained to help you navigate the complex network of social services. We can help you find:
Here to Help's online screening for mental well-being, depression, anxiety and substance use. Your answers are completely anonymous.
211 will connect you with one of these agencies. You can call them directly if you wish, the Mental Health Help Line and Suicide Prevention lines are
24/7 crisis assistance lines.