Transforming Mental Health for Kids in Alberta by 2027
Imagine a community where all children, youth and their families are provided with timely mental health care and empowered to thrive. What our community has strived decades for is here. Now. In Alberta. A five-year path has been mapped. A ground-breaking approach is launching right here at home. We can feel the promise of a new child, adolescent and family mental health model of care that could help more kids in our city, our province, our country and beyond who need mental health services now more than ever. This is where you come in.
Mental illness affects around 1.2 million Canadian children and youth. By age 25, that number rises to 7.5 million (about one in five Canadians). That’s a lot of kids. A lot of families. A lot of caregivers.
These are not just statistics. They are our loved ones. Our friends. Our neighbours. Mental health is the next wave of the pandemic, and we’re inviting you to support a unique and promising model of mental health care for Alberta kids facing a mental illness. Together, let’s level up for kids’ mental health!
Ways to Give
“If CASA can achieve the five year plan, they will be our go-to. We will know they have ‘got us’ as we try to deliver services to children and youth.” –Non-profit community partner
Tristan is an eight year old boy from a local First Nation who has been experiencing challenges at school with poor focus and trouble learning. His low frustration tolerance has resulted in school fights and bullying. His parents are busy at work while managing the needs of four kids. Initially, Tristan had been diagnosed with ADHD. It’s been difficult to find a good time to book another appointment with their family doctor, plus they don’t trust in the mental health system because access has been challenging for them in the past.
With CASA’s new plan, a robust intake can be done in one visit so the needs of kids like Tristan could be identified clearly from the beginning. Knowing that there may be barriers to accessing care, we can provide virtual options, have our social workers and therapeutic assistants help the family navigate the system to prepare them to engage in therapy. With more robust Indigenous supports we can better appreciate the cultural components that contribute to barriers accessing care. We can reach high needs kids, sooner. Kids like Tristan would benefit from being enrolled in a mental health classroom in a school in the community — all part of CASA’s new plan to reach more kids where they are.
Bailey, a 15 year old girl in Edmonton, experienced depression and anxiety for three years. She struggled with school and didn’t feel like she could share with her parents. It mounted over time and feeling overwhelmed after a fight with her family about school, Bailey tried to end her life
which resulted in a frightening trip to the ER. With a referral to CASA she was able to participate in the family therapy program with her parents. The program focuses on strengthening the ability of parents to support children with a mental illness, improving family relationships.
“Doubling the number of kids you serve is critical” –Non-profit community partner
How Your Gift Will Help
Area of greatest need: Unrestricted funding supports emerging needs and our ability to be nimble enough to double the number of kids and families we reach in three years.
Children, family and caregivers: Wrap-around services (facilities, culturally-safe spaces, online care), supports (FamilySmart, gift cards, holiday events etc.) and programming (therapeutic programs, school-based programs, clinics).
Front-line support and technology: Expanded technology to support virtual care, testing and evaluation needs, personal protective equipment and a "tech library" for underprivileged and underserved families.
Translational research and innovation: Training, virtual research hub, studentships and fellowships.
Diversity and belonging: Indigenous programming and services, community research, cultural events, equity/diversity/inclusivity training for staff, and cultural care delivery training for front-line staff.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries about donations, tax receipts, event sponsorship packages, hosting a third party event, signature events or CASA collateral (pamphlets, brochures, swag etc.)!
“This plan gives me hope for all kids and families that CASA can step up to do something bold” –Patient/family we serve
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