Alberta Health Services (AHS) is now providing local daily walk-in addiction and mental health support for children and youth, in addition to existing weekday services available through appointment. 

Children, youth and their families can access walk-in addiction and mental health services in addition to booked appointments Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Child and Youth Addiction and Mental Health office, located on the fourth floor of Nordic Court, 10014 99 St. 

The service will provide assessments, single sessions with a child and youth addiction and mental health therapist, as well as parental supports and referrals to other community resources.  

“Alberta’s government is building a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of addiction and mental healthcare,” says Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction. “Having more ways to access care will make a difference in improving the mental health of children and youth in our communities.” 

Valerie Daoust, Manager of Child and Youth Addiction and Mental Health in Grande Prairie, explains walk-in services provide increased options for families or youth seeking help. 

“By providing a walk-in option, we are increasing the ability for families or youth to come into the office and find the support they need very quickly,” Daoust says. 

Addiction and mental health services for children and youth in Grande Prairie and area can also be accessed by calling 1-888-594-0211 or 780-538-5162. Sessions can be conducted in person, via Zoom or by phone. 

The Grande Prairie office also offers evening group therapy options for those seeking help outside of regular office hours. For more information on these options, please call the office at 780-538-5162. 

As always, there are supports available 24/7 across Alberta through the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642 and the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322. There are also several resources available at Crisis services are available through the local emergency department or by calling 911. 

Information provided by Alberta Health Services