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.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Alberta has a training (+ funding) opportunity specifically for rural communities (i.e. any town outside of the 7-urban centers). The Rural Mental Health Project (RMHP) can provide training and funding to each community, plus connections with other rural communities, local and provincial stakeholders who are working to support rural mental health.
Our next project training will be in the Olds region beginning on March 16, 2020!
- March 16 – Online training begins
- April 22 & 23 – First in-person training
- May 13 & 14 – Second in-person training
The RMHP aims to strengthen community capacity for better mental health in rural and remote communities. The Project focuses on building local capacity in up to 150 rural communities in Alberta by training Animators living in those communities. The Animator is a local community member who is interested in catalyzing that conversation in the community. Animators can connect with other stakeholders through the Rural Mental Health Network—a hub to work collectively, learn from others and gain/share access to resources, funding, and more.
Training and funding are provided to Animators to cover their time and travel. Funds are routed through a local community back bone organization, who can help identify Animators in their community and support the Animators’ connections within the community. Visit our website for more information.
If you (or others) are interested in taking part in the project, please complete the following:
- Expression of Interest – Complete this brief form– You can choose your preferences for starting dates so that we can best coordinate our training sessions with Animators, subsequently we will follow up with you
- Have an Animator ready to go? Complete this form – It gives us the details to confirm and schedule the Animator in the next available training session (be sure to complete the Expression of Interest, as well)
- Sign up for the Rural Mental Health Newsletter HERE – Provides quarterly updates on the project and Network activities and growth
- Register to join the Rural Mental Health Network HERE—A space to learn more, to share resources, events, experiences, and more!
Important Note – If you are working within a county/region that has multiple smaller communities, each small community can identify a person living in their community to become an Animator and have access training and funding.
Please feel free to take advantage of this opportunity in your region and share this information with any people you think may be interested. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Distress Line Breakfast on January 31 to the Light Up Your Mind School Program, the Edmonton branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has a lot going on. See the January 2018 newsletter for more information.
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
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.
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.
Alberta Health Services offers professional development presentations for educators. Click here for a complete listing.
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.