What is the Rural Mental Health Network?
The Rural Mental Health Network will connect local Community Animators across Alberta. Together, Animators can learn and share, while drawing on their collective experience to identify existing capacity, systemic issues, and common themes in the rural mental health and community wellness landscape. Working together, communities can create new or better pathways to access existing corridors of care.
There is a clear need for communities to collaborate across the province on existing solution-focused promising practices related to rural mental health and wellness, as well as identifying gaps and potential collective approaches. This includes coordinating and creating efficient pathways to access training opportunities such as Mental Health First Aid, Safe Talk, ASIST, Living Life to the Full, etc.
Through the Network, community-based services and approaches can be better utilized to equip rural and remote communities to continue to meet mental health and addiction needs across the province.