SA Mental Health Initiative

Student life can be stressful at times. Many students face constraints of limited budgets, pressures of work-school-life balance, the weight of nagging deadlines, and looming exams. Coupled with anxiety, loneliness, and other issues, your student experience can become a difficult one.

In recognition of these pressures, the Students’ Association of Red Deer College introduced its Mental Health Initiative aimed at promoting a positive atmosphere in which mental health can be explored and solutions can be enhanced.

Through its Mental Health Initiative, the SA hosts mental health awareness events each term. The events are designed to give students a break and to help encourage discussion of mental health.

Activities have included:

  • Oxygen Bar
  • Tea Talks
  • Puppy Room
  • Yoga and Meditation Sessions
  • Healthy Sandwich Race
  • Random Act of Kindness Campaigns
  • Bouncy House
  • Workshops

If you need help:

Distress Line Central Alberta
1-800-784-2433

Red Deer 49 Street
Community Health Centre
Mental Health Services
403-340-5466

Alberta Mental Health Helpline
1-877-303-2642

RDC Counselling
403-343-4064

Health, Safety & Wellness Centre
403-342-3427

Campus Security Emergency Line
403-343-4000

Mental Health Resources

There are a number of mental health resources available at Red Deer College and in the community.

Distress Line Central Alberta

1-800-784-2433

Distress line operated by Suicide Information & Education Services, a non-profit organization serving Red Deer and the communities of Central Alberta that offers information, education, and referral services. We provide age appropriate educational programs to children, youth and interested adult groups, as well as referrals and resources to those in need.

Red Deer 49 Street Community Health Centre: Mental Health Services

403-340-5466

Provides services for people with mental health issues, including helping people access the best service for them as quickly as possible.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Red Deer

reddeer.cmha.ca | 403-342-2266

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization promoting community wellness and supporting people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions. Based on community needs, staff and volunteers accomplish this through recovery focused support, education, and advocacy.

Alberta Mental Health Helpline

1-877-303-2642

Provides confidential, anonymous service, crisis intervention, information about mental health programs and services, referrals to other agencies if needed.

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre

www.casasc.ca | 24 hour sexual assault crisis line: 1-866-956-1099

Crisis counselling (short & long term), medical, police and court support. Services for individuals affected by sexual assault offered at no cost.

Family Violence Info Line

310-1818

Call if you (or someone you know) are going through family violence or abuse if you have questions or want to find out about programs, resources, and services.

Addiction Services Helpline

1-866-332-2322

Help for problems with gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Bullying Helpline

www.bullyfreealberta.ca | 1-888-456-2323

Advice or support on bullying. Helpline is available 24 hours a day.