Youth Hubs Alberta is a model of coordinated networks of community-based services and support that are person-centred and built on individual strength, resilience and readiness.
Youth Hubs Alberta aims to minimize the service gap between child and adult services by providing youth-oriented access to mental health and wellness resources as early as possible.
An estimated 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness
Youth Hubs Alberta uses an integrated care model to improve service and reduce public health costs of untreated youth wellness concerns. The community-based approach allows for flexibility and adaptability to each unique community’s social, cultural and health needs (ALIGN, n.d.).
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Alberta Division, with support from the Government of Alberta and Policy Wise for Children & Families, supports the scale, spread and sustainability of Youth Hubs in Albertan communities.
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Youth Hubs Alberta's services
Research shows that youth aged 11-24 are among the most underserved population for mental health and addiction support in Alberta, which results in a greater need for available wellness resources. Youth Hubs Alberta's services can be integrated through service hubs, safe spaces, schools and universities.
Youth Hubs Alberta's integrated services include physical and mental health services, primary health care, addiction services, housing, justice, social services, resource coordination, and school-based services.
Psychological services and counselling
Support and resource coordination, youth and family peer support
Healthcare, including primary and sexual health
Employment, education, housing support, substance use services
Youth Hubs Alberta's impact across the province
Youth Hubs across Alberta are community-designed to reflect the needs and demographics of each individual community.
"When I feel connected and safe, I am more happy and willing to do the things I love."
Community youth member
Drayton Valley Integrated Service Hub for Youth
About the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division
For more than 60 years, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division has focused on recovery and support for Albertans impacted by mental illness. CMHA, Alberta Division stands with Albertans within their communities as they achieve their wellness goals. Hundreds of CMHA, Alberta Division staff and volunteers engage clients in activities, assisting with navigation of the complex matrix of mental health services. CMHA, Alberta Division works to increase and enhance individuals’, groups’ and communities’ control over their mental health.
Tansi — Cree | Oki — Blackfoot | Aba washded — Stoney (Nakota) | Ɂedlanet’e — Dene We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous people in Alberta. Generations from past, present and future. In doing so, we want to recognize the significance of our relationships with the land and the peoples who call this ‘home.’ As we reflect on supporting community design in the Youth Mental Health Hubs initiative, we will engage and embrace the teachings we are gifted from the first peoples regarding the history and connection to the land. As treaty people, we commit to a reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews that honour and respect ways of knowing and being, ones that can be reflected and supported with the communities in building strong foundations for all youth and families to learn, work and play.