Although mental illness may impact 1 in 5 young Calgarians, the social stigma and inaccurate information surrounding mental health create monumental barriers for youth who may need help. Through the use of multi-sensory learning, leading educational practices and modern technology, Youth Education aims to break-down these barriers.

Reaching over 20,000 students each year, CMHA – Calgary’s Youth Education program teaches top quality, age-appropriate learning sessions, specifically aimed at junior high, senior high and post-secondary students in any classroom setting.

Mental Health

The Mental Health session breaks down common misconceptions surrounding mental illnesses and promotes a preventative approach to mental health. Participants gain a comprehensive introduction to the types of mental illnesses and the resources available for help.

Stress Management

Attainment of a healthy mind and body begins with understanding how to balance the demands of life. Understanding stress is foundational in maintaining personal health. The interactive Stress Management session provides students with an overview of what stress is, how it affects the body and mind, and the many ways to achieve a healthy balance to cope with stress at school, home, and in day-to-day life.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a leading cause of death between the ages of 12 to 24 years of age in Canada. On average, 500 people die by suicide every year in Alberta. With statics this high the suicide prevention session is especially important. The Suicide Prevention session provides a compassionate and informative discussion on suicide as it dispels myths, outlines warning signs, and connects youth to resources.

Learning sessions are free to schools only. Sessions to other groups are provided on a fee-for-service basis. To book a learning session or to inquire for more information please contact: [email protected]

Due to the strong demand, sessions must be booked six to eight weeks in advance to ensure a preferred time and date.

Booking

For Junior or Senior High Schools:
  • We recommend a school Guidance Counselor or specified teacher to act as the leading liaison for each school’s Community Helpers.
  • Surveys to identify Community Helpers will be given prior to training and must be administered by the identified liaison of the school. Once the surveys are complete, the school will be able to identify which students were nominated for the training.
  • All presentations require the use of a computer and LCD projector.
For Adult Groups or Professional Organizations:
  • We recommend one contact person to act as the leading liaison for the training.
  • Surveys to identify Community Helpers will be given prior to training and must be administered by the leading liaison. Alternatively, the group may be a self-selected group interested in the training and therefore, will not need the surveys distributed.
  • All presentations require the use of a computer and LCD projector.
For more information on the Community Helpers training, the Education program or to book Community Helpers training, please email [email protected]