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What is the mental health capacity program?

The mental health capacity program develops, nurtures and supports positive mental health and healthy relationships in three junior high / middle schools and the community as a whole. 

"Positive mental health is the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equality, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity" (as cited in 1). Social and emotional learning supports a positive mental health and healthy relationships.  socialandemotionalenviornment (75.3 KB)  

Mental health capacity program:

  • Works in collaboration with school staff, youth, parents / caregivers and community organizations to create a culture that values and supports positive mental health and healthy relationships within the schools and community as a whole

  • Promotes positive mental health and healthy relationships through raising awareness, increasing knowledge, building personal skills (such as self-care and self-regulation), developing interpersonal skills and fostering positive community norms (such as support networks and physical and psychological safety)

  • Connects students, parents / caregivers and school staff to community resources
  • Works with staff to incorporate mental health links to school curriculum, existing activities / events and everyday conversations
  • Collaborates on events and presentations with community partners

The mental health capacity program operates on a community model with a plan to rotate presence within schools on a three year cycle. From 2017 to the 2020 school year, the team is working with teachers, students and parents / caregivers at:

Strathcona County's Mental Health Capacity Building Program is funded by Alberta Health Services and delivered by Strathcona County's Family and Community Services.


1. Government of Canada (2014) Mental Health Promotion. Retrieved from   GOA

2.  Alberta Health Services (2013) Report on Social Emotional Learning. Retrieved from AHS

For more information:

Family and Community Services
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220

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Last updated: Wednesday, February 06, 2019
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