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St. Albert Talks Mental Health

It doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, culture, education level or community. It can disrupt your life, change your mood or it can sneak by unnoticed to an outsider. Mental health issues can affect all of us.  Whether it's your neighbour down the street, a co-worker, family member, friend or yourself, we all have a personal connection to mental health issues.

On March 25 at the Arden Theatre, former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy opened the doors to a conversation about mental wellness in school-aged children. The evening featured a fantastic crowd, a moving topic, music and, most importantly, brought awareness to an increasingly important social issue in our community. Kennedy encouraged the youth in the audience to reach out when facing a mental health problem. He also encouraged parents and coaches not to be afraid to ask. Prior to the evening presentation, Kennedy spoke at Lorne Akins Junior High School. 

Over 250 attended the evening event at the Arden. The proceeds went to an endowment for Youth Mental Health, set up by the St. Albert Community Foundation.

Along with the City’s Community & Social Development department, The St. Albert Community Foundation has been doing its part to keep the conversation on mental health going in St. Albert. In 2015, St. Albert welcomed former professional athlete Kelly Hrudey and his daughter Kaitlin for another evening of conversation on youth mental health. 

Know someone who is experiencing a crisis due to mental health difficulties? Reach out to one of these resources:

Last edited: April 13, 2017

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