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Back to School

Going back to school can be an exciting but stressful time. This added stress can make it more difficult for families already struggling after the Fort McMurray wildfire in May.

Resources are available and Alberta Health Services (AHS) is working in collaboration with Alberta Health, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta Education, Alberta Human Services, and other Fort McMurray community partners to help students, their families and staff as they begin a new season and a new school year.

Remember, recovery takes time. There’s no schedule and stress can appear months or even years after a disaster occurs. Everyone deals with stress differently and a traumatic event can have a big impact. It is okay to ask for help.

Mental Health Services, Links and Resources

  • Recovery Can Take Time Back to School Blog Post
  • Wildfire Mental Health Resources for Families
  • Wildfire Mental Health Resources for Educators
  • Wildfire Mental Health Resources for Mental Health Professionals
  • Fort McMurray Mental Health Resources
  • Help in Tough Times
  • Walk-in Counselling Services
    10217 Queen Street
    Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
    No appointment required
    For more information call: 780-743-7187
  • Health Link
    Provides advice for health concerns from a registered nurse.
    24/7
    Call: 811
  • Mental Health Help Line
    Provides crisis intervention, information about mental health programs and services and referrals to other agencies if needed.
    24/7
    Call: 877-303-2642
  • SOS – Crisis Line
    Provides phone support for crisis prevention, intervention and postvention.
    24/7
    Call: 780-743-HELP (4357)
  • Mental Health Services
    3rd floor, Northern Lights Regional Health Centre
    7 Hospital Street
    Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
    For more information or to book an appointment: 780-791-6194
  • Assertive Outreach Services (for persons requiring intensive community-based mental health supports)
    10217 Queen Street
    Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
    For more information call: 780-743-7187