Mental Health and Addictions

Every day we witness the impacts of mental health issues, while all of us work towards mental wellness. This campaign will focus on increasing access to mental health and addiction recovery resources as well as other ways to reduce adverse stress and promote mental wellness. 

This campaign was launched on April 4th, 2019. The team that will lead this work has been formed and is now engaged in initial research. 

What are we learning so far? 

  • How important it is to address mental health challenge in youth - when mental health challenges are much more treatable. 
  • To address mental health challenge in youth we need to support schools and families.
  • Access to quality counciling services is a major issues - cost and wait times for subsudized serves are the biggest barriers.
  • We are hearing lots of stories about how the system is not integrated - which means people don't get the help they need. 
  • As a community we need to address the stigma around mental health - and begin to see it as an illness like any physical illness. 
  • Communities need to be equiped so that they can support positive mental health and those who are struggling with mental illness. 
  • People need to be able to access addiction serves in a timely manner. 

We are also learning about some great resources.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)- Attending this two-day course will train you to intervene with an individual who is suicidal. The next workshop is April 7-8, 2020. You can find more information or register by using this link:

safeTALK - This 3.5 hour workshop alerts one to warning signs indicating risk of suicide. The next workshop in Calgary is Jun 2, 2020.  You can find more information or register by using this link:

Trauma Informed Care- Free online course on the AHS website with six modules aimed to increase knowledge about trauma and the impact it has by creating connection, sharing knowledge and resources. Link: 

Being Trauma Aware- Free online course for anyone in a child serving organization or who interacts in a formal role with children and youth who may have been exposed to maltreatment. Link:

Brain Story Certification- The free course provides a deeper understanding of brain development and its connection to addiction and mental health.  Link: – A youth focused mental health advocacy movement.

Active Need of Help:

Mobile Response Team –  403-266-4357 (Distress Centre). AHS provides a mobile team of mental health practitioner that can come to you and help with:

  • crisis intervention
  • crisis stabalization
  • urgent psychiatric assessments
  • trauma response
  • mental health education
  • professional consultation


To learn about this or any of our campaigns e-mail


We would like to thank the Calgary Foundation for their support of this work

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