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United Voices Youth Summit 2021

Youth coming together to hear inspiring stories, engage in interactive activities, and connect with each other to talk about mental health.

Schedule of Events:

12:40 pm- 1:00pm Sign-in and Registration

1:00pm-1:05pm Welcome and Introductions

1:07pm- 1:17pm Elder Blessing: Casey Eaglespeaker

1:21pm-1:36pm Keynote Speaker: Haaziq Altaf

1:38pm-1:46pm Wellness Break & Video

1:48pm-2:03pm Keynote Speaker: Ada Nieminen

2:05pm-2:35pm Break Out Room Activity

2:37pm-3:15pm Youth Panel

3:17pm-3:30pm Youth Mental Health Priorities Study Results & Feedback

Closing Remarks & Final Prize Draws

2022-01-06T17:52:10+00:00

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Every year, over 500 people die by suicide in Alberta. Those left behind are left to navigate an often complex grief process that comes with a loss by suicide. Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an international day to build support and community for those left behind. Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a one day event for individuals who have lost someone to suicide (parent, child, spouse/partner, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, friend, or extended relationships – wife lost a parent or sibling, parent of someone who lost a partner) to come together and connect in a supportive environment. CMHA Calgary works with a group of devoted volunteers to present a day of support, healing, information, connection and hope for those left behind.

As a result of the current restrictions on large gatherings in Alberta, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMHA Calgary will be hosting a virtual Survivors of Suicide Loss Day via Zoom. No in-person event will occur this year.  We hope to have an in-person event again in 2022.

Due to the highly emotional and sensitive nature of the day, this event is primarily intended for adults over the age of 16.

Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 1:15 pm MST
Hosted through: Zoom Video Conferencing
*A Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants by November 26, 2021
Registration Fee: $30 fee for professionals, optional by donation for non-professionals.
Registration Closes: 4:00 pm, November 25, 2021

2021-11-08T16:59:20+00:00

Talking With Youth About Cannabis

The YMCA Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP) is pleased to invite you to attend our newest online presentation, “Talking With Youth About Cannabis.”

Designed specifically for adults involved in youths’ lives, “Talking With Youth About Cannabis” offers suggestions for parents, guardians, teachers or care providers in order to help guide discussions with youth in their lives about cannabis use, while sharing of resources available for the support of youth. Research suggests that lecturing and use of scare tactics is less effective at preventing youth from using substances and instead increases stigma surrounding the conversation. Instead, this presentation will provide participants with ideas on how to frame more open, youth-friendly and honest conversations with a focus on positive youth development.

Join us as we explore:
– Reasons why we should speak with youth about cannabis
– Risk and protective factors associated with cannabis use
– Self-assessing one’s own perspective about cannabis and how that makes a difference when speaking with youth
– Awareness of what goals we hope to achieve when speaking with youth about cannabis
– The importance of appropriate, youth-friendly language, including terms to use and terms to avoid
– Evidence-based information regarding youth and cannabis use to help inform discussions
– Strategies to creating a safe and receptive environment
– Common responses and points youth often contribute when discussing cannabis or when youth try to avoid these discussions, as well as constructive ways to respond to these points
– Where to find additional resources, support and information regarding cannabis use, as well as services provided across Canada for youth regarding substance use and wellness

YCAP does not make value judgments regarding recreational cannabis use, seeking instead to minimize risks associated with cannabis use by providing the most accurate and unbiased information.

2021-11-08T16:58:04+00:00

Talking With Youth About Cannabis

The YMCA Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP) is pleased to invite you to attend our newest online presentation, “Talking With Youth About Cannabis.”

Designed specifically for adults involved in youths’ lives, “Talking With Youth About Cannabis” offers suggestions for parents, guardians, teachers or care providers in order to help guide discussions with youth in their lives about cannabis use, while sharing of resources available for the support of youth. Research suggests that lecturing and use of scare tactics is less effective at preventing youth from using substances and instead increases stigma surrounding the conversation. Instead, this presentation will provide participants with ideas on how to frame more open, youth-friendly and honest conversations with a focus on positive youth development.

Join us as we explore:
– Reasons why we should speak with youth about cannabis
– Risk and protective factors associated with cannabis use
– Self-assessing one’s own perspective about cannabis and how that makes a difference when speaking with youth
– Awareness of what goals we hope to achieve when speaking with youth about cannabis
– The importance of appropriate, youth-friendly language, including terms to use and terms to avoid
– Evidence-based information regarding youth and cannabis use to help inform discussions
– Strategies to creating a safe and receptive environment
– Common responses and points youth often contribute when discussing cannabis or when youth try to avoid these discussions, as well as constructive ways to respond to these points
– Where to find additional resources, support and information regarding cannabis use, as well as services provided across Canada for youth regarding substance use and wellness

YCAP does not make value judgments regarding recreational cannabis use, seeking instead to minimize risks associated with cannabis use by providing the most accurate and unbiased information.

2021-11-08T16:44:46+00:00

Victims of Domestic Violence Workshop

The Edmonton Violence Prevention Centre (EVPC) is presenting a free workshop on November 20,
2021 for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence. The workshop will be presented on Zoom
between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide information that will support victims of domestic violence
in their healing process. Topics are listed below.

Please register with EVPC, Angelica Rojas: 780-439-4635, extension #100. 

 

Topics:

Introduction

What is Domestic Violence?

Types of Abuse

Red Flags in Relationships

Healthy Relationships vs Unhealthy Relationships

Neuroplasticity/Trauma

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Safety Plan for Families

 

 

Crime Week Project is funded by Department of Justice Canada.

 

 

2021-11-08T16:39:19+00:00

Understanding Loss & Supporting Individuals Through Grief

Community Mental Health Learning Immersion –

Practitioners will focus on identifying the various forms of loss people experience and the variability of grief responses across the human experience. This session explores the role “meaning making” plays in the individual’s ability to actualize future goals and relationship. Participants will also walk away with strategies used for supporting children and adults through the grief process and towards healing.

This training is fully sponsored by the Community Mental Health Action Plan, with funding made possible by Alberta Health Services.

2021-10-14T15:56:11+00:00

Psychological First Aid Training

The City of Edmonton is offering a FREE online course called Psychological First Aid (PFA). This course is for anyone interested in helping themselves, friends and neighbours who might be struggling with the stress related to the pandemic. You will need access to a computer or a smartphone, and internet or WIFI (WIFI is recommended as it is a 2.5 hour course and you will be interacting online). This training is made possible through a partnership with Alberta Health Services.

For any accessibility accommodations you require to attend and fully participate in the program contact 311 or call 1-780-442-5311 (Outside Edmonton), 1-780-944-5555 (TTY). A two week lead time is recommended to secure providers.

2021-10-12T17:36:43+00:00

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training

The City of Edmonton is offering a FREE online course called Psychological First Aid (PFA). This course is for anyone interested in helping themselves, friends and neighbours who might be struggling with the stress related to the pandemic. You will need access to a computer or a smartphone, and internet or WIFI (WIFI is recommended as it is a 2.5 hour course and you will be interacting online). This training is made possible through a partnership with Alberta Health Services.

For any accessibility accommodations you require to attend and fully participate in the program contact 311 or call 1-780-442-5311 (Outside Edmonton), 1-780-944-5555 (TTY). A two week lead time is recommended to secure providers.

2021-10-12T17:26:30+00:00

See Me, Not My Illness Campaign Kickoff – Schizophrenia Society of Alberta

See Me.

Not My Illness.

A wish from the 44,000 Albertans living with schizophrenia.

1 in 100 people live with schizophrenia worldwide and yet, there is still a huge stigma around this disorder.

Show your support for those living with schizophrenia, while enjoying a virtual live stream of our campaign kickoff, making it possible for everyone to join from the comfort of their home! This inspirational evening includes a concert from Country Music Artist, Gord Bamford; and an inspirational key note address from mental health advocate and former NHL player, Sheldon Kennedy; and Leif Gregerson, sharing his personal story of living with schizophrenia.

Tickets are $50 per person + $3.60 processing fee. Purchasing a ticket will automatically enter you in a draw for a $500 West Jet gift card! *Must be 18 + years of age to enter in the draw*

Busy that night? We would still love your support by donating or bidding in our online timed auction, if you’re able to contribute to this worthy cause!

See Me, Not My Illness is the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta’s main fundraiser of the year with a goal to raise $125,000 toward our vital programs which are available through our 6 branches, 3 supportive housing programs and online/over the phone.

Help us reach our fundraising goal by purchasing your ticket today! REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/see-me-not-my-illness-virtual-fundraising-campaign-kickoff-tickets-168329757837

2021-10-12T16:55:16+00:00

CMHA National Conference – Deconstructing Normal

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s 6th annual Mental Health For All (MH4A) Conference will take place virtually  on October 19 & 20, 2021. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Deconstructing Normal. 

Have access to the experience anywhere you are, LIVE on the day, and on demand for a full year after. 

Join us for engaging keynotes and panel discussions, lively workshops and opportunities to network virtually with colleagues and friends from across the country. 

NOTE:  All times are in Eastern Time Zone 

Discount codes are applicable to the following groups: 

Discount Group 

Discount 

CMHA Staff and Board Members 

CMHAACSM 

Presenters/Speakers 

RESILIENCE 

 

Persons with lived or living experience of mental illness 

EXCELLENCE 

 

Students 

STUDENTS 

Note: Only one of the discounts can be applied per registration. 

2021-10-12T16:43:05+00:00

MAPS Annual Showcase

M.A.P.S. (Mapping and Planning Support) Alberta Capital Region is once again excited to be hosting its Annual FREE Collaborative Showcase, which will be highlighting the great collaborative work being done in the Alberta Capital Region.

Given the current situation with the pandemic, we have decided to host the showcase online. We will have seven informative presentations delivered between the hours of 9am to 3pm, with 1 hour for lunch. The first 100 registrants will receive a $20 Skip The Dishes lunch voucher. A detailed agenda will be available the first week of October.

As in previous years, the first 50 registrants’ names will be placed in a draw for an Early Bird prize. A variety of prizes will be drawn throughout the day, and arrangements for delivery will be made the following day.

We look forward to connecting with our partners and having this opportunity to share the great work happening in our region!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maps-2021-annual-collaboration-showcase-tickets-166111342497 

2021-10-12T16:32:19+00:00

How 211 Alberta Can Help During a Pandemic

How 211 Alberta Can Help During a Pandemic

During a pandemic or disaster, things change quickly. Government supports and social services might be closed, have limited hours, or have significant phone wait times. New community resources might pop up as people try their best to respond to community needs.

Information and referral services such as 211 Alberta are essential in reducing the strain on emergency services, government departments and support service agencies during disaster situations by handling non-emergency calls.

211 is an essential service that helps Albertans find the right resource or service for whatever issue they need help with, at the right time.

How 211 Alberta can help you during the COVID-19 pandemic

As a government or social services agency

  • 211 acts as a communication hub. One phone call, text conversation or online chat is all that is needed to get people to the right place, limiting the number of instances of misinformation and misdirection for those seeking support. 211 also prevents a large number of confusing help lines from being developed.
  • 211 hosts a comprehensive database of resources and services. The need for this information during a disaster when available resources can change on a daily, or even hourly basis. New resources surface while others may become unavailable. 211 Information and Referral Specialist can also use this data to identify unmet needs and monitor the allocation of available resources. For the most up-to-date information 211 has, here’s 211’s COVID-19 Resource List.
  • 211 can expand the capacity of first responders by diverting calls from emergency responders during a disaster.
  • 211’s data has the potential to play a key role in identifying trends of previous disaster response to help in shaping the response of future disasters. To subscribe to 211’s Weekly Covid-19 Report, click here.
    211 can help build up sector capacity and build connections by linking community organizations together prior to disaster striking.

As someone who needs help:

  • 211’s infrastructure and network allows for the system to have extended capacity and reach during a disaster. Since the comprehensive database is online, it can be accessed from many regions, and makes resources accessible beyond the communities from which they originate.
  • 211 Information and Referral Specialists can provide support to callers post-disaster, connect them with services and meet new needs that may have surfaced because of the disaster.
  • 211 Information and Referral Specialists are highly skilled in crisis intervention.
  • To reach 211, dial 2-1-1, text INFO to 211 or visit www.ab.211.ca and click “live chat.”

As someone who wants to help:

One of the largest gaps that arises during a disaster is coordinating the influx of donation and volunteer offers of support that come in. In many cases, agencies do not have the capacity to respond, and helpers can feel discouraged when their offers are not taken up. 211 can coordinate these offers of help and support by directing people to available opportunities to be of service. In partnership with VolunteerConnector, 211 can refer people to available volunteer opportunities and coach them on how to use the VolunteerConnector website at https://www.volunteerconnector.org/.

To help keep 211 up-to-date, visit the 211 Alberta website to check information about your organization’s
programs and services. If you have any updates, email database@ab.211.ca

211 is here to help individuals looking for support and frontline staff looking for information about changing
resources during a pandemic. It is a part of our community of supports that can help direct you to the right
place.

Learn more: https://www.ab.211.ca/

2021-09-22T17:05:56+00:00Blog, Featured Content|
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