Learn how to manage stress with Alberta Health Services

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Learn how to manage stress in challenging times with Alberta Health Services! Stress can affect people physically, mentally and emotionally. Many Albertans have identified feeling stressed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This introductory course includes a basic discussion of stress plus looks at different ways to manage stress, including 2 HeartMath® breathing techniques. The sessions are led by AHS Certified professionals. …

The 2nd United Voices Immigrant Youth Wellness Summit

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Are you between the ages 12 and 20? You are invited to register for the 2nd United Voices Immigrant Youth Wellness Summit. During this event, you will have a fun day listening to stories from inspirational immigrant speakers, taking part in interactive break-out sessions, learning how to battle the stigma surrounding mental health, and gaining skills & confidence to become …

Healthy Minds Workshop

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The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is offering a comprehensive selection of FREE, ONLINE workshops for Albertans. All the workshops are focused on helping Albertans who have faced the difficulties of COVID-19 (such as layoffs, forced isolation, financial, physical, and mental health stress). There are 3 sets of workshops: Wednesday: Chronic Stress & Painful Emotions: Self-Help Toolbox  1:00 – 2:00 PM …

COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

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During COVID-19, taking care of our mental health is just as important as wearing a mask. That’s why jack.org, YourAlberta (Government of Alberta) and Kids Help Phone has partnered up to build Alberta’s COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource hub, a digital toolkit to help Alberta’s young people look out for themselves and each other right now. On this webpage, you …

New Wellness Desk at Central Calgary Public Library

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The Calgary Public Library has always provided more than just short term book rentals. The resources and information available for the public’s use is beyond that. A new feature of their free mental health and addictions support is the wellness desk. The library’s new wellness desk will provide free, drop-in mental health care. The desk is located at Central Library …

City Council Passes School Safe Zones Bylaw Amendment

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Calgary City Council voted to pass an amendment to restrict advocacy messaging on public property near schools. What is advocacy messaging? Advocacy messaging is messaging that publicly expresses an opinion on an issue or cause. Why did the City Council vote to restrict advocacy messaging? Certain large graphic signs have had a serious and negative impact on vulnerable students, as …

16 Projects Receiving Mental Health and Addiction Funding

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The City of Calgary has recently announced that 16 fast pilot projects received a combined $589,259 through the Change Can’t Wait! Program. These projects aim to find new and better ways to help Calgarians struggling with mental illness and addiction. Mental health and addiction issues impact almost everyone in Calgary either directly or indirectly. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an …

World Suicide Prevention Day September 10

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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to statistics, about 4,000 people die by suicide in Canada each year. In Alberta, suicide is consistently a leading cause of death among those ages 30-69. Certain groups in Alberta are disproportionately affected by suicide, including people with mental illness or addiction socio-economically disadvantaged people Indigenous communities men and boys members of …

Distress Centre’s ConnecTeen Program

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ConnecTeen is a confidential peer support service for youth in Calgary and area and is part of the distress centre. Being a teen can be tough with stresses such as school, peer-pressure or friendships. The stresses you may face can be heightened especially during COVID-19. In times where there are things you don’t feel comfortable talking to your friends and …