Interagency Council Notebook

Mental health, family violence and FASD

October 29, 2019

The Town of Slave Lake has hired a new FCSS coordinator. This person starts the first week in December. Until they start, other workers are filling in and keeping the existing programs running. The men’s Anger Management workshop the first weekend in October was well attended. The women’s class had only one person sign up. The youth anger management course is being provided in schools.

WJS Canada
WJS has enhanced its existing FASD support program. FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. “Individuals affected by FASD may have increased rates of secondary disabilities such as: disrupted school and work experiences, substance abuse issues, trouble with the law and mental health issues,” says the information booklet. “Early intervention can improve life outcomes and assist with overcoming these secondary disabilities.”

The WJS office is in the Legacy Centre. For more information call 780-849-5111.

Education sessions
Alberta Health Services is has three free mental health and addiction education sessions in November. These are maintaining healthy relationships on Nov. 6, managing difficult emotions on Nov. 13, and understanding the nature of addiction on Nov. 20. Sessions are open to everyone 16 and older. These are from 1 to 3 p.m. and and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 780-849-7127 for more information or to register.

With November being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Northern Haven Support Society Outreach is very busy. They are giving out purple ribbons at businesses and at the Christmas Craft Sale on Nov. 15 and 16. NHSS outreach put purple ribbons around downtown. They are teaching the healthy youth relationships course and anti-bullying courses in Kinuso School. There are only two Ladies Social Hours in November. The 5th and 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Church. Call or text Tracy at 587-516-0543 to reserve a spot or get purple ribbons.

Northern Haven is collecting women and children’s clothing at the Christmas Craft Sale on Nov. 15 and 16. These will be given to women and children in the emergency shelter.

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