Alberta Supports Expansion of Mental Health Services in Rural Areas – Red Deer Advocate

The provincial government is supporting rural Albertans by expanding mental health services.

On Thursday, the government, in partnership with Counseling Alberta, announced plans to ensure that every Albertan has access to the support they need to improve their mental health.

“Every Albertan deserves the opportunity to improve their mental health and recover,” said Mike Ellis, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

“Not everyone needs the support of a counselor to improve their mental health, but for many Albertans it can be a tremendous asset in their quest for wellness.

“We have heard from many rural communities that we need to do things better and that we need to provide better access to affordable counseling options. That’s what we do in partnership with Counseling Alberta.

The Government of Alberta is providing Counseling Alberta with $6.75 million over two years to expand access to affordable and accessible mental health support services in Alberta.

Counseling Alberta is a new division of the Calgary Counseling Center that focuses on supporting Albertans in rural communities.

“Counseling Alberta will ensure that all Albertans have access to high quality, affordable and accessible counseling services no matter where they live,” said Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of Calgary Counseling Centre.

“We already provide high quality services to thousands of Albertans and look forward to serving all Albertans who need more support to improve their mental health.”

Provincial funding will help the center expand its virtual services across Alberta, including rural areas. Additionally, Counseling Alberta will work with key partners in other urban communities to expand affordable in-person counseling services. The center will provide coordination, intake, clinical monitoring, outcome measurement and make services affordable to Albertans.

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