REAL Program

The Mental Health Capacity Building Alberta Health Services in Schools Initiative (MHCB) is a 12 month health funded program that works to promote positive mental health in children, youth and families in the communities where they live. This initiative is based on research and best practice literature that demonstrates that mental and emotional wellbeing can be developed, nurtured and supported through promotion and prevention efforts.

The Mental Health Capacity Building Alberta Health Services in Schools Initiative (MHCB) works to promote positive mental health in children, youth, families and individuals in the community who interact with children and youth.

The MHCB initiative objectives include:

  1. To promote positive mental health in children, youth, families and communities by raising awareness, increasing knowledge, building personal skills (such as self-care and self-regulation techniques), developing interpersonal skills and fostering positive community norms (such as support networks, physical and psychological safety).
  2. To intervene early by facilitating access to early intervention and treatment services for children, youth, parents and/or caregivers who are at greatest risk of (or are currently experiencing) addiction and mental health issues. (This includes the use of screening as indicated by AHS).
  3. Improve knowledge of and access to effective and innovative services across the mental health continuum through community collaborative networks with schools, health supports, and community agencies to coordinate and streamline existing services (while identifying and advocating for unmet needs).