Did you know that September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day?

To bring awareness to this important day, CMHA Edmonton is bringing some special initiatives to Edmonton for Lift the Silence: Suicide Awareness Week (September 10th – 16th)!

CMHA is looking for Messages of Hope for people who may be considering suicide.

What would you say to someone if they were struggling?

You can share via social media with #messagesofhope @cmhaedmonton #WSPD2017 #Liftthesilence

Want a hint about the project? Check out these websites:

http://www.theoriginalchu.com/

http://www.blakeloates.com/

The High Level Bridge and Legislative building will be lit orange and yellow – the colours for Suicide Prevention – on September 10th.

CMHA Edmonton will be at the RE/MAX Community Centre booth in West Edmonton Mall September 8th through September 10th spreading awareness of World Suicide Prevention Day and Lift the Silence. Come by, visit, and pick up some great info on how to prevent suicide.

For information and to stay current about Lift the Silence, please visit our website https://edmonton.cmha.ca/events/world-suicide-prevention-day/

If you have questions or would like to be involved, please contact tjohnson@cmha-edmonton.ab.ca


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




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.

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CTF online lesson plans on Mental Health now available

If you’re a registered Imagineaction teacher, simply “sign in” at www.imagine-action.ca, 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.


Free Caregiver Education Sessions from AHS

The Children, Youth & Families- Addiction and Mental Health (AHS) and Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) are pleased to continue to provide the caregiver education series. These free sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers and community members with basic information about addiction and mental health challenges that can impact children and youth.

January & February 2017 Resources are posted here.


PD Presentations for School Professionals Course Descriptions 2016-2017

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Alberta Health Services offers professional development presentations for educators. Click here for a complete listing.


Light Up Your Mind School Program

Light Up Your Mind School Program- Free presentations for classrooms and youth groups on mental health, mental illness, stress, and suicide for youth ages 12 to 18. *NEW* Now offering a session for teachers on self-injury. Learn more here.


CMHA Offers New Mental Health Programs for Youth

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Check out some of the programs and services for teachers, schools and students from the Canadian Mental Health Association—Edmonton Region.
INTRODUCING: New Mental Health and Wellbeing Programs for Youth under 25 —this fall CMHA launged a youth focused blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and created a monthly open mic café events for youth 25 and under with lived experience with mental illness. CMHA is also launching a Youth Engagement Project to get interested youth, ages 12-18, engaged in mental health promotion and anti-stigma work—completely youth led! For more information click here.