Mental health affects us all – and has real impacts on our lives. At Foothills School Division, we are committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of all students and staff. We have partnered with Alberta Health Services (AHS) Addiction & Mental Health, Calgary Zone, the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network, and the Foothills Children’s Wellness Network to ensure we support our community effectively as we transition out of the pandemic.
Together with our partners, we will be launching a Foothills Cares campaign for the 2021-22 school year. This combined effort recognizes that everyone needs help at times and provides clear pathways to find the correct support at the right time.
The Foothills Cares campaign is currently under development with input from students, staff, and families. Include your voice in our first community engagement opportunity by visiting our School Renewal Engagement website.
Foothills School Division will continue to build a culture of help in support of the division’s mental health strategy. We all struggle with our mental health at times and need to know that it is okay to seek and receive help. This partnership will equip students, families, and staff with the knowledge and resources to ensure an individual in need receives the appropriate care, especially when in crisis.
COVID-19 renewal, inclusion, equity, and mental health share many similarities when it comes to the prevention of harm: namely, that building strong community partnerships and social ties, a welcoming and accepting environment, and clear messaging about where to seek help can improve outcomes.
As always, please know that everyone should call 9-1-1 if in crisis. If a child or youth needs someone to talk to, they may reach the Kids Help Line at 1-800-668-6868 or by texting 686868. Online support resources are also available at the Alberta COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub and through AHS Access Mental Health.
Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools