Stettler residents having mental health or addictions issues now have increased access to supports thanks to a new partnership between Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Communities Against Abuse (ACAA).
Starting Nov. 23, adults have been able to access mental health and addiction services on a drop-in basis on Wednesdays from noon until 4 p.m. at the ACAA offices on Main Street.
While the clinic only provides a single session, it can provide support for a variety of individual concerns as well as help point someone towards other community resources through referrals.
“Alberta’s government is building a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care,” says Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction in a statement about the additional services.
“Any Albertan struggling with mental health or addiction challenges will benefit from increased access to services that support their pursuit of recovery.”
This walk-in service is being added in addition to other mental health and addiction supports currently available on weekdays at the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre.
“These walk-in clinics are a very valuable service for our community and an extension of the great work our mental health professionals already do in the Stettler area,” added Nate Horner, MLA for Drumheller-Stettler.
The ACAA offices are located at 4804 50 St.
Other supports available for those struggling with mental health or addiction issues include the 24-hour Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 and the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642. AHS also has resources available online at www.ahs.ca/helpintoughtimes.
In emergency situations, crisis services can be accessed by going to the emergency room or dialing 911.
According to AHS communications officer Tracy Kennedy, Mental Health and Addiction Recovery is one of AHS’ 10 priorities.