Mental Health Services

Many children, youth, and adults may struggle with mental health issues at some point during their lifetime. This can be especially true for individuals who have the added challenge of trying to manage Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.

To learn about mental health issues that may co-exist with LDs and ADHD, such as anxiety and depression, go to: About LD/ADHD:  Mental Health

 

What to Do if Your Child is Struggling with Mental Health Issues?

First, discuss your concerns with your family doctor and connect with mental health supports in your region.

Access Mental Health – Calgary Zone is a free referral service that helps you find the right information or service to address your needs.
403-943-1500 or

Toll Free 1-844-943-1500

 EQUIPPED from the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary, offers online mental health supports and courses for youth.

 

Urgent Mental Health Needs

If you feel that your child’s mental health concerns are urgent and you need to speak to a professional without booking an appointment, you and/or your child/teen can contact:

Distress Centre Calgary
Face to face Professional crisis counsellors provide free counselling for individuals and families at Distress Centre Calgary.  Evening and emergency appointments available.

Calgary ConnecTeen
Email: ConnecTeen@distresscentre.com. Phone: 403-264-8336. Text Messaging: 587-333-2724. A program of the Distress Centre, ConnecTeen is a confidential peer support service for youth.

Kids Help Phone
Your child or teenager can reach professional counsellors 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868, texting 686868, or using their FaceBook messenger.

Woods Homes – Eastside Community Mental Health Services 
Ph. 403-299-9696
-Single-session counselling is no-cost and no appointment is necessary.
-Walk In Counselling: A therapy session with a registered mental health professional.
-Assistance with: mental health concerns, life stressors, family stress, relationship issues
-Focused Counselling: For youth and their families, offer several sessions with the same qualified therapist. Accessed through the walk-in service.
-Access to support in several languages

 

Mental Health –  Crisis Situation

If you are concerned that your child is in immediate crisis, go to the Emergency Department at the nearest hospital.

Children’s Hospital/Foothills Hospital:
Child and Adolescence Mental Health Inpatient (4-17 yrs.) Inpatient mental health assessment and treatment for children & their families. Mental Health assessment & treatment for children with serious emotional, behavioral, and/or psychiatric problems that can’t be treated in the community, day patient, or outpatient settings. Treatment includes the child’s family. Admissions determined by an emergency department and a consultation with psychiatry and mental health staff.

Public and Community Agencies:
Provided are some of the public and community service providers in the Calgary Region that provide mental health support.

Disclaimer: The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network does not support, endorse or recommend any specific method, treatment, product, remedial centre, program, service, or person for people with learning disabilities or ADHD. It does, however, endeavour to provide impartial and, to the best of our knowledge, factual information for persons with learning disabilities and/or ADHD

Alberta Health Services (AHS) & Partners

Alberta Health Services and their partners provide mental health supports for children, youth, and adults.

help4me.ca (AHS partnership)
To help young people recognize and understand early signs and symptoms of addiction and mental health problems that they, or someone they know may be facing. Help4me.ca also has important information on addiction and mental health supports and services.

Primary Care Networks (PCN); Calgary Zone
If you are looking for a doctor in the Calgary Region, you may want to start your search with the Primary Care Networks.
Primary Care Networks also provide wrap-around services. A Primary Care Network (PCN) is a network of doctors and other health providers such as nurses, psychologists, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists, working together to provide excellent health care. Each PCN designs programs and services to best meet local needs, which may vary from area to area.  They provide free counselling services for children, youth and adults (dependent on region) for concerns such as Learning Disabilities and ADHD.

Family & Community Resource Centre (FCRC)
at Alberta Children’s Hospital.
FCRC Services & Programs aim to create a comfortable and friendly place at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for families, healthcare professionals and community members to access credible health information, community resources and individualized support.

The Alex Community Health Centre
The Alex Youth Health Centre is a safe and supportive place for youth ages 12-24 to come and get health and social care from a trustworthy and caring team of doctors, nurses and support workers.

Children’s Hospital/Foothills Hospital:
Child Adolescent Addiction Mental Health and Psychiatry Program Community Clinics:
psychosocial assessment & treatment (5-18 yrs.), moderate-serious Mental Health and their families. Individual, family, and group therapy in a community clinic setting.
Physicians can refer to other professionals.  Referral required or parent can call Health Link 811.

Community Agencies

Calgary Counselling Centre
Their counsellors work with people of all ages to help them cope with a variety of concerns.

Foothills Academy
Community Services: Psychological Services & Programs. Qualified psychologists provide Individual & Family Counselling to children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by Learning Disabilities and associated disorders, such as ADHD.
https://www.foothillsacademy.org/community-services/psychological-services-programs/counselling

Hull Services
Hull Services provides leading edge mental health services for children, youth, and families. There are self-referred programs, managed referral programs, and Hull Services offer education, training and resources.  They have a Mental Health and Additions Navigator which is someone who helps families navigate the resources and supports available in Calgary.

Wood’s Homes
Wood’s Homes is a children’s mental health centre that provides treatment and support for children, youth and families with mental health needs. Their staff provide 40+ programs and services in Calgary, Lethbridge, Strathmore and Fort McMurray.

Carya Calgary
Youth Engagement: youth programs focus on two things: building a stable and responsive support network for youth and developing social and emotional skills that are critical to being a good friend, family member, and contributor to the community.
-Family Support: Carya is here to support you and your family in all of the ever-changing phases of parenthood, through counseling, programs, and support groups. If you need support, call our intake line at 403-205-5244.

Psychologists

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA)
If you are looking for a psychologist to provide counseling services to help with mental health/emotional issues, go to the PAA website.

Resources/Websites

Alberta COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub
The Government of Alberta, Jack.org, and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub for youth mental health.

Anxiety Canada
Is a central resource where children/families, youth and adults can learn about anxiety, including how to manage it. Under Find Help, the online directory provides listings for anxiety services and programs across Canada that are free or offer sliding scale pricing.

Child Mind Institute
Is a an American national nonprofit that provides extensive information about many child- related topics, including mental health concerns and learning disorders.

MyHealth.Alberta
offers advice about Mental and Behavioural Health

Teen Mental Health 
A Calgary agency providing information, resources and tools specifically for and about teens.

Bell Let’s Talk 
Dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada, Bell Let’s Talk promotes awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research and leading by example.

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