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Consultation

Are you looking to address substance use and/or mental health concerns in your community? CHPS consults with interested stakeholders to offer evidence, suggestions and resources that support your work.

Collaboration

Are you looking to work with others to increase your community’s health and well-being? CHPS collaborates where appropriate by joining and taking part in committees, attending stakeholder meetings, forming and supporting coalitions and working in ways that invite and connect a wide range of partners with common goals.

Resources

Are you looking for more information on youth substance use and/or mental health concerns? CHPS provides expertise and identifies available resources that meet recognized community needs. CHPS offers knowledge that informs, strengthens and increases the effectiveness of actions taken by communities and stakeholders, including resources related to substance use, vaping/e-cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, video gaming and mental health.

Prevention in Schools

Teachers and Schools

There is considerable research on effective prevention programming and health education in schools. Research tells us that impactful substance abuse prevention and health education takes a comprehensive approach, and involves school staff, youth, families and communities. Within schools, effective prevention and health promotion is comprehensive, long term, multipronged, and incorporated throughout the whole school environment. Self-contained, one-time activities like assemblies, guest speakers, health fairs and classroom presentations are not effective prevention practice, as research shows that simply providing information has no discernable impact on behavior.  The Community Health Promotion Services team focuses its limited capacity on those strategies that evidence indicates are effective.  We therefore support comprehensive efforts to involve youth, families and communities in prevention and health promotion learning experiences that serve to increase control over, and improve, individual and community health.

CHPS offers consultation and professional development opportunities to teachers and schools.

  • We offer consultation services to schools to develop and implement strategies that help prevent problematic substance use prevention and/or promote positive mental health. These strategies also help build resilient youth and improve student outcomes, both academically and socially.
  • We also offer free, professional development opportunities for school staff on topics related to substance use and mental health. To learn more, check out our “Professional Development” page.
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  • CHPS will work with Administrators and school staff to consult and problem solve. This could include the development of a resource for the school to use such as an in school vaping suspension package.
  • CHPS will facilitate trainings such as HeartMath (stress reduction knowledge and tools) to create a common language for discussing mental health issues within the school community. This could be accomplished by training the school staff and parents, then implementing this training in the classroom.
  • Prevention at Home

    Parents and Guardians

    Raising children can be challenging!  CHPS acknowledges the important role parents have in preventing substance misuse and fostering positive mental health. Talking to your children about drugs, alcohol and mental health can be scary. You are the best person for role modelling positive choices, safety, open communication and responsibility.

    • We offer training to parent groups on topics related to substance use and mental health in youth. To learn more, check out our ‘Resources for Parents’ page.
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    Check out AHS Parent Information Series, designed to answer frequently asked questions and give parents like you 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.

    Working Together

    Professionals

    Community Health Promotion Services (CHPS) values the work of professionals dedicated to addressing substance use and/or mental health concerns. Our team works within a health promotion framework (Ottawa Charter, 1986). CHPS aims to collaborate and consult with professionals to support community action in the following areas:

    • Increasing community connectedness
    • Shifting attitudes and beliefs around substance use and mental health
    • Promoting positive health

     

    We can work together in the following ways:

    • CHPS collaborates where appropriate by joining and taking part in committees, attending stakeholder meetings, forming and supporting coalitions and working in ways that invite and connect a wide range of partners with common goals.
    • We offer free, professional development opportunities to organizations interested in learning more on topics related to substance use and mental health. To learn more, check out our “Professional Development” page.
    • We offer consultation services to organizations looking for more information on youth substance use and/or mental health concerns.
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    What are your organizations’ priorities? Do we overlap?  How can we strengthen our work together? Does your team want to increase their ability to inform policy, programs and practices?

    Get Involved

    Community Champions

    Community champions are people in the community who take on an issue or project and are fearless in raising awareness and support for it. We recognize the importance of community champions and work to support projects that improve mental health and/or address substance use concerns in the community.

    Do you have an idea to improve mental health in your community and/or address substance use concerns? We offer consultation services to help you move your idea forward. We can support by offering research & evidence, partnership & funding suggestions and resources that help. Contact us for consultation services.

    Are you looking to work with others to improve mental health in your community and/or address substance use concerns? We collaborate where appropriate by taking part in committees, attending stakeholder meetings and forming and supporting coalitions. Let’s work together to achieve our common goals. Contact us with collaboration opportunities.

    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.