Off-campus resources for students to access over the holiday campus closure

While the holidays are a time of excitement and festivities, this isn’t always the case for everyone. Here at SAMRU, we strive to help students succeed. We provide various financial and food security programs and services on campus throughout the semester for students, but we’ll be taking some time off to recoup over the holiday break beginning December 24, 2021. We’ve put together a list of off-campus resources if you find yourself struggling and in need of some support over the holiday campus closure. 

*Note: SAMRU will return to regular business hours on January 4, 2022. Programming begins the second week of January, following the start of the Winter 2022 semester. 

Mental Health

403-943-1500 or Tollfree 1-844-943-1500

Access Mental Health is a non-urgent service providing information, consultation, and referrals for individuals with addiction or mental health concerns. Mental Health Clinicians complete a clinical interview over the telephone to assess the individuals’ needs. Mental Health Clinicians are familiar with Alberta Health Services and community-based programs and explore all options to refer individuals to the most appropriate resources.

24-Hour Crisis Line 403-266-4357

Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) provides 24-hour crisis support, professional counselling, youth peer support, and referrals through 211 and our programs at SORCe – all at no cost.

To reach 211, dial 2-1-1, text INFO to 211 or visit and click “live chat.”

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 community resource specialist trained to assess your need and refer you to the most appropriate service or services. We offer this service in over 170 languages, and it is available in many communities in Alberta, including Calgary. 211 is on its way to becoming a full provincial service.

  • Kid’s Help Phone
    Kid’s Help Phonerovides, phone counselling, web counselling for ages 20 and under. It is free, confidential and anonymous.
  • Mental Health Line (24/7)
    The Mental Health Line is a government telephone service with Registered Nurses on the other end. Interpreters are available for anyone who requests to communicate in a different language than English.

CMHA Calgary builds awareness and provides education and support for individuals and families living with a mental health or substance use concern and a loss by suicide.

  • Trans Lifeline
    This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure they are transgender. While the goal is to prevent self-harm, Trans Lifeline welcomes the call of any transgender person in need. 

Online Services


Alberta Student Aid Emergency Loan and Bursaries 

If you are an Albertan Student, you can access Student Aid Alberta’s emergency bursaries and student loans. 

Alberta Emergency Financial Assistance                                                                                                                            1-877-644-9992

If you face an unexpected emergency, you can apply for emergency financial assistance.                                                                                                                                                               


Alberta Adult Health Benefit


The Alberta Adult Health Benefits program covers health benefits for Albertans in low-income households who are pregnant or have high ongoing prescription drug needs. This health plan includes children 18 or 19 years old if they live at home and attend high school.

  • Ministry of Community and Social Services
    Alberta Child Health Benefit – offers children in low-income families basic medical services such as dental, prescription drugs, optical and ambulance services, and essential diabetic supplies.

Supports for Independence – Provides a basic level of welfare to those people unable to provide for their own basic needs. It also assists with employment and helps people access other programs, services and supports to become more self-sufficient.

Food Security 


The Calgary Food Bank is the first line of emergency food support for families and individuals facing a crisis. Once the food emergency is addressed, we refer food bank clients to our proven partner agencies and programs to address the underlying reasons for food insecurity.


The CFC provides high-quality food in a dignified setting through healthy meals and an affordable produce market. All programs are free, and priority is given to low-income Calgarians.

902 Centre St. NE

A fridge community pilot project, the Calgary Community Fridge is a take what you need give what you can program located on Centre St.