Mental Health Services - United Way Alberta Capital Region

Mental Health Services

"A lot of people ask me about the difference All in for Youth made. The best way I can explain it is this: Before, when I was the only external resource in the school, I was running from fire to fire and only responding to the houses that were burning the worst. Everything changed when the All in for Youth team arrived; I went from responding to the worst fires to seeing a team be able to respond the minute we smelt smoke." - Success Coach

Students stand and sit together in a school stairwell

At the steps of the school, you are met by the student leadership team and the principal, Christine. Right away, you recognize this group is happy you are here and you can see how much Christine cares for her students. One of the students pulls you aside to tell you about how the mental health supports offered through the All in for Youth program have affected them personally. They are so passionate as they tell you about their mental health therapist from the Family Centre, Philly. You stop to listen.

Mental Health Services

Data from the All in for Youth mental health therapists show the range of complexities students and families have been living with. Within the All in for Youth school communities, challenges range from depression and anxiety to domestic violence, to addiction issues impacting students’ and families’ mental health.

An estimated 10-20% of youth in Canada are affected by mental health challenges. In 2020, 1,128 students and family members accessed short-term mental health therapy sessions and 600 students and family members accessed longer-term mental health therapy session through the local All in for Youth initiative.

She’s starting to get along better with her brother. She’s been working on that with [the Mental Health Therapist]… not, like she’ll start to get into a fight with her brother and she’ll stop and take a breath and walk away. She couldn’t do that before.



520 families were contacted for wellness checks throughout the pandemic when schools had to physically close and students transitioned to remote learning.

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