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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
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