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Do you have a health concern for yourself or a child? Call Health Link by dialing 811 for quick and easy advice from a registered nurse 24/7, or click the button below for more information.

Access 24/7 is open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week

For access to all adult addiction and mental health services, in Edmonton area, call Access 24/7 at (780) 424-2424 or walk in at 13211 Fort Rd NW.

You can also call 1-877-303-2642 (toll free within Alberta) for mental health advice.

For addiction support call 1-866-332-2322 (toll free within Alberta).

For more urgent concerns

Crisis Support Centre Distress Line: 780-482-HELP (4357)

Urgent Services: 780-342-7777

Remember, in a medical emergency, always call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

Kickstand & Kickstand Connect

Kickstand, formerly known as Alberta Integrated Youth Services (AB-IYSI), is an Alberta-wide mental health and addictions care initiative, funded by your donations. Kickstand provides young people, aged 12-25, with access to quality integrated mental health support, connection to peers, social service providers, primary care, and substance use support; all under one roof.

Kickstand Connect is a free virtual clinic accessed by an online portal and mobile app where young people can receive same-day appointments with counsellors and peer-support workers or participate in group activities and workshops. Kickstand Connect serves young people across Alberta and is especially significant for those unwilling (due to stigma or incapacity) or unable (due to physical or geographical isolation) to access in-person services.

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Seize the Awkward

Having personal conversations can be, well, awkward. Seize the Awkward recognizes that and inserts humor to help while you’re trying to figure out how to start the conversation.

Having personal conversations can be challenging to know how to begin. Seize the Awkward recognizes that and inserts humor to help while you’re trying to figure out how to start the conversation.

The take-away message? You don’t have to be an expert to talk to someone about their mental health.

Their site (siezetheawkward.org) lists signs to look for, features testimonials from people whose mental health benefited from conversations with others, offers conversation starters and tips, and tells you what to do next. Get out there and seize the awkward!

Talk Tool

Another resource to access tools to learn how to start a conversation is the Talk Tool. Actor Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind to encourage a dialogue around mental health. The nonprofit developed a really neat tool to make bringing up mental health easier. Just pick the mental illness you want to talk about and who you want to talk to about it, and the site will generate a video and a written prompt.

Says the site, “No matter what you’re facing, or who you’re reaching out to, you can make a real connection. Not every conversation will be perfect, but each one fights the stigma around mental illness. And, that’s a conversation worth having.”

Additionally, the main website has a great selection of resources, stories, and videos to learn more about the experience of living with mental illness.

Albertans can find mental health supports by visiting:

Youth Mental Health & Addictions

Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-387-5437
https://mykickstand.ca/connect
Kids Help Phone – 1 (800) 668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
Child Abuse Hotline 1 (800) 387-5437
MoreGoodDays – Text ‘MoreGoodDays’ to 393939 for free daily text messages

Important Numbers

  • Find local Community Resources – 211 Alberta
  • Mental Health Helpline 1-877-303-2642
  • Addictions Helpline 1-866-332-2322
  • Crisis Text Line – Text CONNECT to 741741
  • Crisis Support Centre Distress Line: 780-482-HELP (4357)
  • Family Violence Info line – 310-1818
  • Health Link – 811
  • Bullying Hotline 1-888-456-2323