Mental Health Information
Mental health is an important part to student success. Without positive mental health, students can struggle academically, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and sometime physically. Stress is a normal part of life and being mentally healthy enables us all to endure, persevere, and get through tough times. The purpose of this page is not to say that life should be easy for our students and children, but that we should be helping them develop the skills to get through difficult times and crisis.
There are several resources at the school to support your child with mental health:
Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW/Social Worker)—Sam Kosch, is here on Tuesdays, Fridays, and every other Thursday. Sam is available to support both students and families through difficult, confusing, or overwhelming times. Sam can be reached through St. Hilda’s main phone line, 780-462-3195.
Mental Health Therapist—St. Hilda has access to a referral process that allows students to meet with a Mental Health Therapist during school hours. This service would be offered to students who have persistent or chronic mental health needs or identify as having mental health disorder that is not otherwise being treated.
Any staff member in school can be a source of support for students. Talking to who we know best and are most comfortable with ca sometimes be the most therapeutic action to take. Staff will inform students if it is beyond their scope of practice and may refer on, if needed.
There are also a lot of resources in our community to support mental health:
Crisis Phone lines:
- Distress Line: 780-482-4357
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
- EPS Non-Emergency: 780-423-4567
- Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437
- Out is Okay Helpline: 1-877-688-4765
- Indigenous Hope and Wellness Line: 1-855-242-3310
- Crisis Mobile Response Team (for children and youth): 780-427-4491
- Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) Support and Information Line: 780-423-4121
Walk in Counselling:
- Momentum Walk in Counselling: 706–5241 Calgary Trail NW
- AHS Rutherford Clinic: 202-11153 Ellerslie Road–Open Monday-Friday 12:30PM–4PM
- Canadian Mental Health Association: 400-10025 160 Street–open Mondays 10AM–4PM
- The Family Centre: 20-9912 106 Street–open Wednesday 1PM–8PM and Friday/Saturday 10AM–4PM
- Pride Centre: 10608 105 Avenue NW (accessible entrance), 10610 105 Avenue–open Tuesday and Thursday 12PM–7PM
Affordable Short or Long-Term Counselling:
- YWCA: 780-970-6501
- City of Edmonton: 780-496-4777
- The Family Centre: 780-424-6103
- Catholic Social Services: 780-391-3233
- Cornerstone Counselling: 780-482-6215
Apps to consider downloading:
- Always There
If you are wanting more information about resources, programs, or services in Edmonton you are welcome to call the Family School Liaison Worker or dial 211.
211 provides information over the phone regarding multiple resources available within Edmonton 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
Throughout the year we will be posting information about various topics in Mental Health as well as events or resources in the community.
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.