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Learning opportunities and professional development

Workshop/Presentation Topics

CHPS provides evidence-based substance use prevention and mental health promotion services and resources in Calgary. Our focus is building protective factors and reducing risk factors associated with substance misuse and mental health disorders.

Check out the presentation and workshop topics we offer to teachers and schools, parents and guardians, professionals, and community champions:

Alcohol is the substance most often used by Albertans. Build your understanding of youth alcohol use, with a focus on alcohol and caffeine interactions, the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines, the impact of alcohol on illness, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, alcohol overdose, prevalence and social and cultural norms.

Gain an enhanced understanding of the relationship between youth mental health and substance use disorders. Includes information on prevalence of concurrent disorders, common risk and protective factors, prevention approaches and available resources.

Canadian youth have the highest prevalence of past-year cannabis use in the developed world. Early onset and/or regular cannabis use can have negative effects on cognition and behaviour, and can lead to future substance use struggles and mental health concerns. Examine the impacts of cannabis on youth and cannabis legalization.

HeartMath is an approach to stress management that uses tools and techniques based on breathing and self-generated positive emotional shifts. Training incorporates use of a biofeedback tool to enhance understanding. Sessions typically are 3.5 hours but can be modified to fit your schedule.

Mental Health Literacy provides individuals working with youth as well as parents/guardians an understanding of mental health, and the mental disorders that commonly onset during the child and adolescent years. Includes available resources. Sessions typically range from 1.5 to 3.5 hours but can be modified to fit your schedule.

This course equips learners in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief on others, with emphasis on self-care and personal protection. 

Given e-cigarette popularity amongst young Canadians there are concerns about the possible adverse health effect, renormalization of smoking and tobacco uptake among youth, and other unforeseen consequences of their use. Gain knowledge about e-cigarette and tobacco rates, impacts of nicotine on the developing brain and legalization.

Enhance your knowledge of youth substance use, misuse and abuse. Identify substance use trends in Canada, the effects of different substances and signs of problematic use. Strengthen your awareness of teen brain development and the impact on substance. Learn strategies for engaging with youth in conversations about substance use.

Increase your comprehension of video gaming culture, including popularity of play in Canada, pros and cons of play and signs of problematic use. Identify strategies to open up communication at home, your organization or classroom so you can help young people make informed decisions.

We ask for a minimum of 1.5hr to deliver presentations/workshops. If you are interested in organizing an education session on topics related to mental health and substance use, please contact us.

Accessing Mental Health Support

The Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS) team does not offer counselling or other clinical support. If you are in need of clinical support related to youth substance use or mental health, here are services to connect with:

NEED IMMEDIATE HELP?

Dial 9-1-1

If this is an emergency, call 911.
When you call, the emergency communications officers will ask you specific questions to get you the help you need and keep everyone safe.

Calgary Distress Centre

403-266-HELP (4357)
Distress Centre Calgary provides 24 hour crisis support in Calgary and southern Alberta. They do this through their 24 hour crisis line, email, daily chat, and daily text for youth. They also have professional counselling for clients with issues that cannot be resolved over the phone.

For non-urgent cases only with no referral needed:

Access Mental Health

403-949-1500
Available Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Access Mental Health provides information, consultation and referral to individuals residing in the Calgary zone who have addiction and/or mental health concerns.

Youth Substance Use & Mental Health Services

403-297-4664
Available Mon-Fri, 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM
They provide substance use screening, assessment, individual and family counselling, and referral services to treatment programs both external and internal to Alberta Health Services.

HealthLink 811

Call HealthLink 811.
Available 24/7
Whether you are concerned about yourself or someone else, the mental health professional team at Healthlink can give you advice, support (even during a crisis), and information about mental health and addiction resources anywhere in Alberta.

Addiction Helpline

1-866-332-2322
Available 24/7
The Addiction Helpline is a toll free confidential service for adults and youth requiring addiction services which provides alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling support, information and referral to services.

Mental Health Helpline

1-877-303-2642
Available 24/7
The Mental Health Helpline is a toll free confidential service that offers information about mental health programs and services.

support with funding opportunities

Community Champions

Are you looking for funding to support your idea to improve mental health in your community and/or address substance use concerns? We suggest looking into the following grant opportunities:

Are you working with partners to prevent and reduce harms related substance use and/or promote positive mental health in your community? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Community Capacity Funding. This funding supports and mobilizes community coalitions across Alberta to identify, plan and implement community-based approaches that prevent and reduce harms associated with alcohol and/or other drugs, and promote positive mental health. AHS provides up to $5000 to successful applicants.

The CHPS team works in partnership with the AHS Provincial Addiction Prevention Unit to support successful applicants of the AHS Community Capacity Funding in Calgary. Ways in which the CHPS team can support community coalitions is by offering:
  • Access to evidence-based research to inform the development of community education activities or policy development opportunities
  • Access to information on best-practice approaches to prevent or reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs, and support to apply these approaches in the community
  • Examples of how other communities have applied these best-practice approaches
  • Connection to the provincial AHS Addiction and Mental Health team and other professionals and agencies
  • Community development training
  • Assistance in facilitating community conversations for the purpose of information sharing/gathering, supporting the goals of community coalitions and other community groups, and relationship/community building
  • Key message development and help presenting the messaging in plain language
  • Support in strategic planning, plan implementation and evaluation

  • Who Can Apply?
    Community coalitions who are registered with the AHS Provincial Addiction Prevention Unit can apply for funding. Becoming a registered coalition with AHS not only makes you eligible to apply for funding, but also provides access to special benefits such as invitations to networking events and webinars and access to resources and consultation support.

    How to Register your Coalition and Apply for Funding?
    Contact the AHS Addiction Prevention Unit to discuss your idea and learn how to become a registered coalition and how to apply for funding by emailing: addiction.prevention@ahs.ca.

    Stepping Stones encourages active citizenship by helping grassroots community groups undertake small creative projects that build a sense of inclusive belonging in local communities.  They offer grant support of up to $1,000 for project expenses.

    For more information, visit the Calgary Foundation Website.

    CHPS works closely with the following community groups to help move their goals and actions forward. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the following groups, contact us.

    • Boring Little Girls Club
    • The mission of the Boring Little Girls Club is to create and foster a community of sober women, non-binary and trans folks who support each other and have fun without alcohol and recreational drugs.
    • For more information, visit the Boring Little Girls Club’s website, Facebook page, and/or Instagram.
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    • Calgary Communities Action Collaborative (CCAC) Calgary Communities Action Collaborative (CCAC) is a group of multi-sectoral partners who will be facilitators for the local development, documentation, and reporting of initiatives that are co-designed and led by community.
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    • East Calgary Collaborative for Youth
    • The East Calgary Collaborative for Youth aims to create and foster a positive and diverse community that advocates, educates, and collaborates to support actions for East Calgary youth to develop healthy lifestyles as well as increase access to health and wellness services.
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    • Talk Alcohol YYC
    • Talk Alcohol YYC  are a collection of individuals and organizations who are interested in engaging in dialogue around alcohol culture in Calgary. For more information, visit Talk Alcohol YYC’s Facebook page and/or Instagram.
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    • Tuscany Community Coalition
    • The Tuscany Community Coalition’s goal is to inspire and engage the community of Tuscany to create and sustain a safe and healthy neighbourhood for all residents. For more information, visit Tuscany Community Coalition’s Facebook page.

    Connecting you to Resources

    Click any topic to find more information on existing resources.

    addiction and Substance Use

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    AHS Drug Safe

    DrugSafe is a trusted source for Albertans to find vital information on reducing the harm of alcohol and other drugs.

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    AHS Safeworks Harm Reduction Program

    Safeworks provides a variety of services related to opioids, including harm reduction presentations to community members and organizations. Follow them on Eventbrite to stay in the loop around upcoming community education sessions.

    Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction

    Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is a non-governmental organization that provides national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms.

    Canadian Guidelines for Youth Substance Abuse

    A supplement to the Canadian Standards for School-based Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and the Canadian Standards for Community-based Youth Substance Abuse Prevention.

    Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

    The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), formerly the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm.

    Low-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines

    A resource that contains 10 recommendations that suggest ways to use cannabis more safely, based on the best available scientific evidence.

    Alcohol

    Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines

    Outlines best practices for setting drink limits and when not to drink alcohol. The brochure provides tips for safer drinking and defines a standard drink.

    Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines: Youth & Alcohol

    Provides information on the risks and harms of alcohol consumption for youth.

    Community Health

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    AHS Coalition Building Resources

    Learn more about community coalitions and find resources to support coalition development.

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    AHS Diversity Liaisons Team

    The Diversity Liaisons Team offers health system navigation, community education, consultation and supports in various languages.

    AHS Healthier Together

    AHS Healthier Together offers a one-stop resource centre that can guide teachers, childcare staff and coaches to the information they need on student/child health issues.

    Calgary Community Development Learning Initiative (CDLI)

    Calgary CDLI facilitates regular community development learning opportunities and provides great resources for those working to strengthen Calgary’s communities.

    Community Education Service

    The Community Education Service (CES) provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, public education sessions on child and youth emotional wellness and health topics.

    Community Tool Box

    The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

    Tamarack Institute

    The Tamarack Institute develops and supports collaborative strategies that engage citizens and institutions to solve major community issues. Tamarack’s goal is to equip you with skills, knowledge, resources and connections you need to make lasting change in your community.

    Digital Media and Technology

    MediaSmarts

    MediaSmarts develops digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities. They support adults with information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media they love.

    TechAddiction.ca

    TechAddiction has information and resources for adults, teens, and children who struggle with controlling their use of technology - which is sometimes referred to as video game addiction or Internet addiction.

    Gambling

    iMinds

    iMinds is a way of thinking about health education. It encourages young people to develop drug and gambling literacy—the ability to live in the real world in a way that promotes well-being.

    Search Institute

    Search Institute’s work mainly takes place through partnerships with schools and with youth programs that occur during out-of-school time (OST). They also work with community coalitions, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programs, faith-based organizations, family-serving organizations, and foster care programs.

    Mental Health

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    AHS Addiction & Mental Health

    Information for parents & families on topics related to youth substance use and mental health.

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    MentalHealthLiteracy.org

    Mental Health Literacy offers free, evidence-based; used nationally and internationally. It is customizable to the needs of educators and students and tailored for educators, teachers who deliver the mental health curriculum, those working in youth-serving agencies, mental health professionals, health professionals and parents.

    MyHealth.Alberta.ca

    MyHealth.Alberta.ca was built by the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services to give Albertans one place to go for health information they can trust. MyHealth.Alberta.ca is home to valuable, easy-to-understand health information and tools made for Albertans.

    Mental Health Commission of Canada

    The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians.

    For Parents

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    AHS Parent Information Series

    Find answers to frequently asked questions and access factual information that may help you prevent your children from using drugs, help them make healthy lifestyle choices and support them in making positive changes in their lives.

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    HealthyChildren.org

    Healthychildren.org is a website out of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It has a number of resources for parents, including information on how to create a personalized Family Media Use Plan that works within each family's values and busy lifestyles.

    For Professionals

    Mental Health Collaborative – Continuing Professional Development (AHS)

    Continuing Professional Development provides accredited on-line modules for professionals on a wide variety of child and adolescent mental health topics. Their purpose is to increase the skills and confidence of primary care practitioners to more effectively address the mental health needs of their young patients; and to promote linkages among physicians and allied mental health clinicians treating children’s mental health.

    Smoking

    Alberta Quits

    Whether you’re considering quitting smoking, or have already made the decision to quit, the help you need is right here.

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    Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs Survey

    The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) is a biennial general population survey of tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadians aged 15 years and older. CTADS is conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of Health Canada.

    For Teachers and Schools

    Mental Health Online Resources for Educators

    Mental Health Online Resources for Educators offers on-line modules for educators in elementary and junior high school settings on a wide variety of child and adolescent mental health and substance use topics with applicable classroom strategies.

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    AHS Healthier Together Schools

    Comprehensive School Health is an internationally-recognized and effective approach for building healthy school communities. It can be used to address a variety of health issues and can improve health, education, and social outcomes for children and youth. The resources on this website are meant to support teachers, students, school administrators, school jurisdiction staff, health professionals, parents, and community members in building healthy school communities.