Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Supporting education workers, especially during these uncertain times, means providing a safe, compassionate and inclusive environment.

We’ve put together a list of tools and resources to help you support your teams with their mental health and well-being.

Visit asebp.ca/mentalhealth for info, community resources and support for individuals with mental health concerns.

Questions? Contact your school division’s Workplace Wellness Consultant for support or to inquire about additional services, including customized presentations and learning opportunities for your wellness champions and leadership teams.

Crisis Support & Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or addiction, please reach out for support. In an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

Important Phone Numbers: toll-free, available 24/7 (translation services available)

  • Alberta 211: Get information and referrals to social, health or government services in your community or local area, including crisis support. Available in over 170 languages. 
  • Mental Health Crisis and Distress Lines: Provides confidential, non-judgmental and short-term crisis intervention, emotional support and resources to people in crisis or distress. They also support family, friends and caregivers of people in crisis.
    • Edmonton and area: 780-482-HELP (4357)
    • Calgary and area: 403-266-HELP (4357)
    • Rural and northern Alberta: 1-800-232-7288
    • Southwestern Alberta: 403-327-7905 or toll-free 1-88-787-2880
    • Online chat is also available
  • Alberta Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
    • Confidential service providing support, information and referrals to Albertans experiencing addiction concerns, including problem gambling.
  • Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
    • Confidential, anonymous service providing support, information and referrals to Albertans experiencing mental health concerns.  
  • Addiction and mental health services in Edmonton and Calgary Zones can be accessed by:
    • Access 24/7 at 780-424-2424 - Edmonton
    • Distress Centre at 403-266-HELP (4357) - Calgary
  • Health Link 811: Provides free, confidential medical advice from a registered nurse.
  • Other important numbers:
    • First Nation and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310
    • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, text CONNECT to 686868, or online chat 
    • Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
    • Brite Line is a 2SLGBTQIA+ specific distress line in Edmonton: 1-844-702-7483
    • Wellness Together Canada Crisis Support: Text WELLNESS to 741741

Resources

French Resources

Mental Health Resources for Workplaces

Healthier Together (Alberta Health Services): toolkits to support different aspects of workplace health

Bell Let’s Talk: tools and templates for talking about mental health and reducing stigma

Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month: ideas to support positive workplace practices and wellness culture

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: facts sheets, posters, e-learning, webinars and more

EdCan Well @ Work: showcases research, policy and practice that results in healthier, happier, and more resilient K-12 staff

Guarding Minds at Work: resources to assess and respond to psychological health and safety in the workplace

My Workplace Health: activities, e-courses and short reading guides to support workplace mental health

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health: strategies and tools for employers to support employee mental health and well-being

Resources by Topic

Connection

Burnout

Mental Health

Resilience

Self-Care

Stress