Mental Health Supports for Children & Youth

Mental Health Supports for Children & Youth

Navigating mental health supports can be difficult for youth, so from to the Kids Help Phone, this page is here to help youth and teens find the support they need.

Text for Hope

Alberta Health Services has launched a new program called Text For Hope where Albertans can subscribe to the free text-based program and receive text messages that will help ease stress and provide hope in uncertain times. Albertans can text “COVID19Hope” to 393939 to subscribe.

If you are in need of assistance, call 2-1-1 (AB only) or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.
You can also live chat on the Kids Help Phone website.


Your child is probably coming to you will all sorts of questions that you may not have the answer to. The Institute of Child Psychology has a video on how parents and caregivers can support a child through their anxiety around COVID-19. For more information, download The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's fact sheet

50 Coping Skills for Kids (PDF)

In this downloadable PDF, you will find a collection of 50 different coping skills for kids. These are simple activities that can be done with things you already have in your home.

Source: Carizon  



We know a lot has happened in 2020 and it all pretty much happened at once. You're no longer in a routine, attending in-person classes and can only see your friends virtually. It is possible to take care of your mental health, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association's Youth Smart website for help. Don't forget that your mental health is important too.


Ten Days of Meaningful Activities 

Youth Advisor Jana, from our YMCA Community and Housing Initiatives, is bringing youth a ten-part series called Ten Days of Meaningful Activities. These videos will lead youth through different activities that will allow youth to take time to reflect and redirect any negative energy to positive energy.

Click here to watch the series


Youth Transitions Program (YTP)

YMCA Youth Transitions Program (YTP) offers youth a safe, supportive, non-judgmental community to learn about available community services, meet new friends, participate in fun activities, find a place to stay when needed, find a job, or get help building a résumé.

Click here for free, non-judgmental support!