Mental Health Information
Regional Collaborative Services Delivery (RCSD) is a partnership between Alberta Health Services, Alberta Education, Children's Services, and Community and Social Services to provide services and education to Albertans. They have a program entitled Caregiver Series that comes out 3 times a year. These are free sessions that are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with basic information about addiction and mental health challenges that can impact children and youth. Presentations are hosted in schools but are open to all adults to attend. I highly recommended registering and attending these sessions both for information gathering and empowerment in your parents. Here is the link to Winter 2019 sessions: C:/Users/id25258/Downloads/rcsd_caregiver_education_sessions_-_winter_poster_2019.pdf
Alberta Health Services Walk-In Services:
Alberta Health Services offers free Walk-In Services (no appointment necessary) for Mental Health for Children and Teens. They have two locations in the city that are open Monday-Friday from 12:30-4pm. Through this service you can access a therapist with a solution focused approach that can help to problem solve and/or mitigate mental distress. Their goal is to address issues at an early stage before they escalate into a crisis or impact interpersonal functioning. If more than one session is needed, they may initiate referrals to longer term resources. Please see information flyer here.
As well, Alberta Health Services offers a Crisis Line for Children and Adolescent Mental Health. You can call this number Monday-Friday 8am-10:45pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-10:45pm to speak with a Children and Adolescent Therapist. They can help support youth over the phone, provide advice to parents/caregivers, suggest community resources, and assist with deescalating crisis. Their number is 780-427-4491.