Published on November 24, 2020
Mental Health Support is Available
Deciding to reach out for help is not an easy choice, but there are many resources available within St. Albert that residents can access today.
From the community intake counsellor and support worker, Family and School Liaison Program, and referrals to other helpful organizations and 24/7 helplines – no one needs to go it alone.
“We all need support at different times in our lives,” says Connie Smigielski, Manager of Family and Community Support Services. “If you’re struggling, please give us a call at 780-418-6000 so we can help.”
Supports vary depending on each person’s situation. For example, you may be put in touch with a community intake counsellor who will assist with referrals, information and short-term counselling for individuals 15-24 years of age.
For children experiencing difficulties, the Family and School Liaison Program provides support to those who may be having behavioural and emotional issues, peer interaction problems, family conflict, concerns at school or are dealing with a separation/divorce. This is a confidential, free service provided to St. Albert residents and schools. Currently, face-to-face consultations are not being provided but remote counselling is offered.
“Please continue to reach out to us. We recognize that with COVID-19 life is particularly hard. The City of St. Albert is doing its best to support our community while following the directions given by Alberta Health Services,” adds Smigielski.
A community support worker is available to help residents 15-24 years of age navigate supports and services such as mental health, family violence, employment services, homelessness and addictions. All services are confidential, private and free.
Support services for adults are available through the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village which provides community liaisons to assist individuals experiencing a social crisis related to housing, food insecurities, abuse and/or unemployment. Additionally, seniors can contact the St. Albert Seniors Association for information, assistance and referrals related to financial and housing options, completion of forms, advance care planning, elder abuse information and support, accessing personal care, respite and community services.
“If you are uncertain about the supports available to you, we always do informational referrals for all ages,” says Smigielski.
Help is always just a phone call away through many 24/7 helplines that are available any time of day:
- Addiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322
- Family Violence Info Line – 310-1818
- Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
- Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642
- Toll-Free Crisis Line – 1-800-482-4357
Please note: If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
Adult Mental Health Resource and Support Program
St. Albert not-for-profits and small businesses can apply to the Adult Mental Health Resource and Support Program to access mental health resources and supports for their employees by calling 780-418-6000 to learn more.
The program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada. Limited spaces in the program are available so non-profits/small businesses are encouraged to reach out early. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.
For more information on how you can access mental health supports in your community, visit the help in tough times page or call 780-418-6000 to speak to someone directly.
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Last edited: October 18, 2021