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January 15, 2015 Media inquiries

Families and caregivers will have access to information, the latest research and other resources via webcasts on mental health, brain injury, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and disabilities.

The Alberta government is continuing to provide free, helpful information and strategies for family members, caregivers and professionals to support youth with mental health issues, and individuals with FASD, brain injury or other disabilities. These webcast series are an investment in the well-being of Albertans and those who support them.

“Whether you are personally affected, providing support to someone living with a disability or mental health concern, or interested in learning more about specific challenges, these free learning sessions are informative and helpful.”

Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Human Services

Four learning series:

  • The Alberta Brain Injury Initiative Series will share information about brain injury and available supports with people who have a brain injury but may not be diagnosed, or with Albertans who are already living with a brain injury. The first session of this series – Brain Injury 101: What is a brain injury? – will be on January 29.
  • The Children’s Mental Health Learning Series is in support of the Creating Connections: Alberta’s Addiction and Mental Health Strategy. The series is based on current and emerging research on the adolescent brain, and mental health and wellness challenges for youth. The next session on February 3 is about supporting children and adolescents with severe anxiety issues.
  • The Employment First Series explores how people with developmental disabilities can reach their full potential through employment. This series supports the Employment First Strategy to increase workforce participation by people with disabilities. The next session will be discussing self-employment and will be held onFebruary 4.
  • The FASD Learning Series is an education and training initiative of Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan. The series is of interest to anyone supporting individuals affected by FASD. On February 18, the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate will discuss its services and supports for young people with FASD.

To learn about upcoming sessions, visit humanservices.alberta.ca or follow @ABHumanServices on Twitter. 

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