New- Can We Talk Television Commercial

The Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association, with support from Global Television, are raising awareness of the mental health of children and youth.

View the latest television commercial for the Can We Talk? campaign here.



Save the Date: Edmonton Working Stronger Conference in October

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division is hosting its third annual Working Stronger Conference on October 28 and 29, 2019 at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton.

This year’s theme is Work/Life Balance: Fact or Fiction?

At this workplace mental health conference you’ll be able to choose from three streams: workplace and personal wellness, voice of lived experience, and occupational health and safety law.

CMHA is also looking for presenters. You can submit your abstract by April 3, 2019.


How do children build problem solving skills? FREE sessions!

Take a peek inside a child’s developing brain and learn about how they engage in problem solving and goal-directed behaviour. Executive functioning skills are essential for children to succeed in school and later in life. In these sessions, you’ll get strategies and resources to assist your children in building executive functioning skills, including inhibition, working memory and mental flexibility.

Executive Functioning Skills Session dates

All sessions run from 6-7:30 p.m. and are for adults only.

January 9: Earl Buxton School, Edmonton
January 16: Dovercourt School, Edmonton
January 23: New Horizons School, Sherwood Park
February 6: Queel Alexandra School, Edmonton
February 13: Grandin School, Edmonton
February 19: Calder School, Edmonton

How to register

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2018 Canadian Forum on Public Education – Edmonton, Alberta

Join us on July 9 and 10, 2018 in Edmonton for the Canadian Forum on Public Education. Presented by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, this year’s theme is “Safe and Caring Schools,” and some of the workshop topics include:

  • violence against teachers
  • respect and consent online
  • decolonization of student-teacher discourse in Indigenous communities
  • mental health at school
  • the Sixties Scoop
  • equitable and inclusive schools
  • gender-inclusivity

You’ll hear from Maggie MacDonnell, and award-winning teacher in Salluit, Nunavut, and Dr. Leyton Schnellert, assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.

Register today!

>> More information about the event

Hats On! For Mental Health – May 2, 2018

On May 2, 2018, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Participating schools will relax their hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school.

Here are some resources for incorporating mental health into your lesson plans:

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Schizophrenia: How to support yourself or a loved one

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness.

One of the biggest myths around the illness is that it isn’t treatable.

With the right supports, people can work or volunteer, be active in their own care, and contribute to their communities.  Learn how you can help a loved one by downloading the brochure HERE

CTF online lesson plans on Mental Health now available

If you’re a registered Imagineaction teacher, simply “sign in” at, click on “Teacher resources”, bottom left column, and then select Mental Health Stigma: Challenging it Together! NEW. You can choose between the elementary or secondary lesson plans (or both!) as well as select the discussion questions.