Aim for Success
Aim for Success is one of 38 projects in a province wide Mental Health Capacity Building in School Initiative. The initiative is led by the Alberta Health Services- Addiction and Mental Health in partnership with Alberta Education and other partners and community agencies, with funding from Alberta Health and Wellness.
Our overall goal is to build resiliency skills in children, youth and families and to support children and youth to stay in school and succeed.
Why are We Needed
Mental health problems in children and youth are common. Research shows that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Therefore, early support and intervention are vital to building resiliency.
Mental Health Capacity Building in Schools is one of the innovative initiatives being implemented throughout Alberta that will improve the health and well-being of children, youth and their families, and strengthen our communities.
This initiative is truly innovative because it brings together a number of people and professionals at the grassroots community level to help children learn how to self-protect their mental health from an early age. Teachers and other school personnel, parents, health care professionals and community organizations all work together, as one, to achieve this goal. And this critical help is provided within the school setting, where children spend most of their time.
The initiative has enjoyed great success so far in that sites that have been developed for children and youth in various schools across the province. The project teams and partners continue to help children, youth and their families achieve success both inside and outside of the classroom, while building and promoting resiliency. Resiliency, the ability to bounce back from setback and cope well with change and adversity, is required for children and youth to succeed in all areas of life. Additionally, these projects are able to provide early intervention services for those students who do require services to help them deal with mental health issues they or their families are experiencing.
- One to one
- Peer mentoring
- Group mentoring
- Cross-age Mentoring
- In School Mentoring
- Aboriginal Children/Youth
- Children/Youth with a Disability