This is not a site for personal disclosure of mental health distress, suicidal thoughts or behaviours. If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department for assistance.

A hub of Alberta-based resources to help you take care of yourself and look out for the people you love during this challenging time.

COVID-19 has, and will, impact the mental health of young people in Alberta. According to a 2019 toolkit by the Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Division, youth ages 12 to 24 are among the most underserved population in regard to mental health and addictions in Alberta. Kids Help Phone has seen an unprecedented surge of young people feeling more stressed than usual reaching out during this global pandemic. Finding accurate information and appropriate resources can be hard. Jack.org and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support and reliable information they need. Take care of yourself, and each other.

This page is developed in partnership between Jack.org, the Government of Alberta, and Kids Help Phone for youth in every province and territory of Canada. Please share widely with the young people in your lives.

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  • Get Help: Kids Help Phone's E-Mental Health Services

    Kids Help Phone is there for young people across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can contact them 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 or texting 686868. It’s free and completely confidential.

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please contact 911 or the emergency services in your area.

    Kids Help Phone is also sharing resources for supporting your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit KidsHelpPhone.ca/COVID19 for tips, info, interactive tools and more. Remember, you’re never alone!

  • Provide Support: Be There by Jack.org
    Created by Jack.org, Be There is an engaging and comprehensive online resource that teaches us all how to support someone who might be struggling with their mental health. The five Golden Rules are easily adapted to any situation, so even if you're in self-isolation or unable to be physically present with someone, you can still learn how to be there for them.

    Visit BeThere.org.

    Social Media: @jackdotorg
  • Mental Health Training: Virtual Jack Talk

    Jack.org created the Virtual Jack Talk to ensure young people continue to have access to first-rate mental health education during isolation. As a new addition to the Jack Talks program, the Virtual Jack Talk uses peer-to-peer education to teach young people how to identify signs of struggle, how to look out for themselves and one another, and how to access support. We offer two versions of the Virtual Jack so that anyone seeking mental health education for themselves, their families, or their students has an option!

    jack.org/virtualtalk

  • Get Informed: Anti-Racism Resources
    The impact of racism on mental health is severe. To help us all stand up against anti-Black racism, we have compiled a list of useful resources for understanding this moment. If there are resources or services that you would like included, please get in touch at hello@jack.org

    jack.org/antiracismresources
  • Self Care: Apps

    Many app-based service provides are opening their digital doors to us for free during the quarantine period. Here are a few of our favourites:

    The DoYogaWithMe app is offering two free months of membership for those quarantined by the coronavirus.

    The Headspace meditation app is currently offering free content called "Weathering the Storm" for anyone. Right now, all the content is free to access for all K-12 educators, administrators and school support staff. 

    The Youper app is an "emotional health assistant". The free version uses AI technology to provide you with a chatbot that walks you through cognitive behavioural therapy practices to improve your mental health.

    The Nike Training Club app has always been free, but now offers COVID-19 related fitness and nutrition advice in its in-app community. 

    The Houseparty app is free and let's you play games and connect with your people in realtime. 

    The Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome provides chat options while you simulatenously stream a Netflix favourite with your pals.

  • Get Help: LGBT Youth Line

    Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through telephone, text and chat services. Read about their service offerings during COVID-19 here.

  • COVID-19 Information: Alberta Health Services
    Alberta Health Services regularly updates their COVID-19 page with important prevention and testing information. They also include resources and information for Indigenous communtiies, and resources translated into 18 different languages

    The Alberta Government site also outlines helpful details about financial programs during COVID-19, as well information on schools and businesses reopening


     
  • Indigenous Youth: We Matter Indigenous Youth Support

    We Matter is an Indigenous youth-led and nationally registered organization dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion. They have a great list of COVID-19 resources for Indigenous youth, including a COVID-19 support fund
  • Get Help: Wellness Together Canada

    Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help Canadians with their health and wellness during stressful times. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. https://ca.portal.gs/

    Wellness Together Canada offers the following at no cost to Canadians:

    1. Wellness self-assessment and tracking.
    2. Self guided courses, apps, and other resources.
    3. Group coaching and community of support.
    4. Counselling by text or phone.

     

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