On the 25th anniversary of Action for Healthy Communities, and in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Mental Health Support initiated in July 2020 is one of the concrete resources added to enhance AHC strategies towards our contributions to build a stronger and healthier society.

The goal of the targeted AHC Mental Health Support is to facilitate interventions to improve the comprehensive and holistic health of individuals and diverse communities experiencing vulnerabilities.

 

Supports Offered

  1. The Video/Phone Therapy

This innovative way of Therapy service provision is possible with the collaboration of Alberta Black Therapists Network ABTN which insures the quality of the therapists’ services.

OWL Practice is Canada’s #1 Platform for Mental Health Practitioners. With Video Therapy, Comprehensive and compliant solutions to are offered the client and the therapist.

OWL practice takes the clinical practice to the next level with Secure Messaging, Clinical Measures, Medication Tracking, Online Intake and Consent Forms and more.

Through an innovative system, book an appointment with a therapist.
Take your sessions online with Owl Video Therapy.

The service is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

Just a few steps to book the appointment:

  1. Create your profile
  2. Select your therapist
  3. Book your appointment
  4. Attend your session in confidentiality


 

Anytime, the communication with the therapist remains available through a secure messaging system. 

2. The Therapy in person

The appointments in person remain available in a private and safe environment at the AHC office. Safety and COVID restrictions are a priority.

3. The services available for the Video/Phone Therapy & in-person Therapy

  • First Appointment Individual Session (Individual)
  • Individual Consultations (Individual)
  • On-going Individual Session (Individual)
  • First Appointment Couple’s Session (Group)
  • On-going couples’ session (Couple)
  • Intake Youth Session (Individual)
  • On-going Youth Session (Individual)
  • Specialized sessions (Individual) toward a consistent integration in Canada
    – Gender oriented
    – Cultural oriented
    – Other options (on request)

 

  1. Video Resources

On a regular basis, videos are released on our social media.

Follow us on

Instagram: instagram.com/mental.health.support_a4hc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mental-Health-Support-by-A4HC-102402911892039

Find our Youtube Playlist here

 

  1. Info Sessions

A series of info sessions, depending on clients’ needs with topics related to general mental health and wellness topics or specific situations (stress, grief, Covid, Cultural acclimation…) are available on-demand or can be offered on a regular basis.

  1. Topics on demand: the one-on-one well-being coaching

This support will be offered through open discussion, sessions/workshops, formal or informal activities; and when clients present their needs, the therapist and the facilitator work collaboratively to find the best way to address the clients’ needs in a timely manner.

This support can lead to formal clinical support delivered by the therapist as determined by the clients’ presented needs.

  1. Physical Activities

Yoga sessions, breathing exercises, and meditation, relaxation sessions: with the support of specialists, the sessions are offered to small groups who express the need.

On the 25th anniversary of Action for Healthy Communities, and in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Mental Health Support initiated in July 2020 is one of the concrete resources added to enhance AHC strategies towards our contributions to build a stronger and healthier society.

The goal of the targeted AHC Mental Health Support is to facilitate interventions to improve the comprehensive and holistic health of individuals and diverse communities experiencing vulnerabilities.

As AHC has a diversity of clients (in terms of age, culture, background…), depending on the culture of each client, the topic of mental health can be extremely sensitive. In many cultures, unfortunately, needing mental health support is synonymous with weakness, lack of consciousness or disability. This need does not need to be expressed, or it must be hidden for fear of being misunderstood by others.

When seeking a mental health therapist, it’s important to find someone you are comfortable with. Mental health therapists should be trauma-informed in order not to retrigger a client’s past trauma, in addition to being aware of any of their own biases and limitations.

At AHC, we are mindful of this barrier and we focus effective ways to offer the Mental health Support needed by our clientele.  The service provision at AHC is basically available in more than 15 languages. This is the reason why the participants’ first language will be taken in consideration during the process Mental Health service provision to be the most effective possible. Besides, other aspects such as the gender, the age, the culture, the background remain important points included in the specialized support offered.

A barrier to access mental health supports are the steep costs often associated with private therapy and counselling. Local agencies have recognized the increased need for free or low-cost mental health supports, and have pushed to offer them to their communities.

The Mental Health Support provided by Action for Healthy Communities is funded by the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

This is the reason why the Mental Health Support by AHC is provided for FREE.

For more information on our Mental Health Supports – The Clinic

Call: 780-887-3494 or email: mentalhealthsupport@a4hc.ca