Mental Health Resources
A recent survey from the Government of Alberta states that 74% of Albertans feel their mental health has been impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, 34% feel depressed or helpless at least some days every week.
Many people are feeling anxious, stressed, nervous, or lonely. Almost half of the population worried about the future. The mental health impact of this crisis is real, and we understand that. Help and supports are available, no matter where you live.
Mental Health Resources Available
Community and Social Services Help Line (211)
211 is a helpline and online database of Alberta's community and social services. 211 is answered and updated by highly-trained specialists. You can reach out to 211 by phone, by dialing 2-1-1; by text by texting INFO to 211; or by chat by visiting the 211 Alberta website and clicking "live chat."
Mental Health Help Line
Provides toll-free, 24 / 7 telephone service, which offers help for mental health concerns for Albertans. Call 1-877-303-2642.
Wellness Together Canada
On April 15th, 2020, the federal government launched a program called Wellness Together Canada to provide mental health and substance use support to all Canadians suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. Visit the Wellness Together website or call 1-866-585-0445
Telephone advice and service referral for adults and youth requiring addiction services. Call 1-866-332-2322.
Crisis Text Line
A free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. The service is currently available in Canada via SMS at 686868.
Kids Help Phone
You can reach a Kids Help Phone counselor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868.
Family Violence Info Line
Get support from anonymous, trained staff either by calling or chatting online. Call 310-1818, 24/7 and speak in over 170 languages. Chat online (English only) at Safety Chat from 8 am to 8 pm daily.
A free online resource available for anyone struggling with their mental health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Register with your Alberta Health Card and speak with a doctor via video chat. Visit the Owl Pod website for more information.
Wellness Checklist - Provided by Brooks Composite High School Wellness Team
As students move to online learning, this may be a difficult time for many. Whatever you are experiencing, please know that children can access emotional support through the Brooks Composite High School Wellness Team.
The Wellness Team consists of Tia Argue (grade 10 and 11s), Maureen Lynn (grade 11s and grade 12s) Mike Heninger (all grades), and Joseph Octavious (all grades). They can all reached by email or through the school’s main phone line (403-362-4814).
They will be offering students regular email and Instagram tips on wellness and will be available to speak to students online, by phone, or by appointment.
Also please see attached resources for your family. One great resource can be found at: https://www.stressedteens.com/covid-19-tool-kit it contains a variety of information for your teen.
If you have immediate concerns about your child’s mental health, you can contact:
- Distress Centre: 403-266-4357 or https://www.distresscentre.com/
- Mental Health (Brooks) 403-793-6655
- Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-784-2433
Maureen Lynn, BA Hons., BSW, RSW Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tia Argue, C.Y.W. Tia.email@example.com
Michael Heninger, MSW, RSW Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph.Octavious, MA, Inter Rel/CR. Joseph.email@example.com