Premier Jason Kenney
Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro
Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Mike Ellis
Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange
Minister of Community and Social Services, Jason Luan
Minister of Children’s Services, Rebecca Schulz
Minister of Finance (Public Service Commission), Travis Toews
Minister of Seniors and Housing, Josephine Pon
Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jason Copping
Minister of Justice, Kaycee Madu
The global pandemic has impacted the emotional, physical, financial, and social well-being of all Albertans. It has revealed the need to address the mental health challenges we face while building the mental health resilience of all Albertans. To do this, policy decisions and services provided by the Alberta Government need to be based on an understanding of brain science, how to build resilience, and the impacts of unpredictable and prolonged stress on our bodies(trauma). This science teaches us the importance of building mental wellness and resilience from a young age and the need to adopt trauma-informed policy and practices.
As part of the recovery process and for the long-term benefit of all Albertans, we call on the Government of Alberta to
- Implement trauma-informed care across all appropriate ministries, departments and service offerings and begin by making trauma-informed care training a part of mandatory staff training in every branch of service delivery within the Government of Alberta.
- That the Ministries of Health and Education work together to implement a collaborative mental health framework for early intervention, prevention and teaching mental wellness in our schools that includes:
- Comprehensive whole-school approaches to mental health for K-12 focusing on the wellbeing of students, staff and families
- Sustainable funding for trained mental health coordinators for each school (1 per 1000 students) to implement strategies and bridge services from across sectors.
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