Please donate to the Spruce Grove GSA Society Each month we see an increase of new youth. Your donation will directly support our youth program. Our costs average over $200 per month. This includes food, crafts, games, insurance, and any extras that go into making our community GSA a success! We do a lot of research, visit schools, as well as speak to and meet with youth and adults whenever they need to talk. We have increased our meetings from once to twice a month! Without your donation, it would be difficult or impossible to do this. Please consider helping out our Community GSA. We are a 100% volunteer-run, non-profit organization. We rely on donations, fundraising efforts, and the generosity of people in our community.
Alberta Bullying Recover, Resources, Research Centre Inc. http://abrc.ca To inspire hope and contribute to the safety and well-being of people of all ages, faiths, cultures, communities, and professions, concerned and/or affected by bullying. Phone:780-965-7480 Email:ABULLYRC@gmail.com Facebook: Alberta Bullying Research, Resources, and Recovery Centre
Alberta GSA Network http://albertagsanetwork.ca https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlbertaGSANetwork/ The purpose of a GSA is for students to meet, do fun activities, socialize and support one another in a way that is inclusive of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and many other interests. ‘GSA’ began as an acronym meaning “Gay-Straight-Alliance” but now GSA is meant to encompass many club names such as Queer-Straight-Allliance (QSA), Gender & Sexual Orientation Alliance, Pride Clubs, Rainbow Alliances, and many others.
Altview Foundation http://www.altview.ca https://www.facebook.com/altview/ (780) 666-5428 In addition to the wide range of programs it offers, AltView also provides in- and out-of-school support to Public Schools’ Gay/Straight Alliances, providing resources and support to students and staff who wish to work to make their schools safer spaces for LGBTQ students. AltView is a safe place for people who identify with a sexual minority or gender variant; the organization strives to foster the inclusion of individuality and diversity in terms of gender and sexuality. AltView focuses on building community through social support, advocacy, empowerment and education
Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton http://edmonton.cmha.ca 24 hour distress line: (780) 482-4357 When you see someone in distress, you can help before police or emergency services are needed by calling 211 and pressing 3 to dispatch the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team.
CASP Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/ There are many crisis centres available 24 hours a day to talk to you. This website lists contacts in cities for provinces across Canada.
Centre For Sexuality https://www.centreforsexuality.ca/ (403) 283-5580 We offer information, resources, and support for topics related to sexuality including youth and family support, resources for teachers and students starting a GSA/QSA, the Calgary GSA/QSA Network, Gay Men’s Health programming including two STI testing nights a week, and professional development training as well as LGBTQ2S+ organizational audits through our Training Centre. Our services are available across the Province although some accommodations may be made (such as phone or Skype calls) based on services requested.
CHEW Project YEG chewprojectyeg.org https://www.facebook.com/chewprojectyeg/ (780) 263-2221 CHEW provides frontline support, resources, and education for LGBTQ2S+ youth and young adults (ages 14-29) facing barriers. These barriers may include mental health, violence, poverty, homelessness, substance use, sexual health, sexual exploitation/sex work, and others. We provide a safe place for youth to get basic needs, get off the street, and find hope. We offer inclusive and confidential STI testing, counselling and crisis intervention, Indigenous peer support, a safe place where youth can access harm reduction and basic needs supplies, and so much more! Come check us out at our downtown office, the OUTpost, or on campus at the University of Alberta.
Child Abuse Hotline 310-0000 1-800-387-KIDS http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/15393.html If you are affected by family violence, know someone who is, or simply want to learn more about the issue, our site contains information that can help you be safe or be part of the solution. Our goal is to see youth happy and hopeful!
DOCHAS Psychological Services Inc. https://dochaspsych.com Phone: (780) 446-0300 Email: email@example.com At Dochas, we enable adolescents, adults, couples, first responders/veterans, and seniors just like you to feel safer in an unpredictable world by empowering you to trust what your mind, body, and emotions tell you.
EMHC - The Edmonton Men’s Health Collective https://ourhealthyeg.ca The EMHC is a grassroots health organization run by and for queer and trans community members. Our vision is for Edmonton queer and trans community members to have equitable opportunity to experience positive health and wellbeing. Our mission is to provide a representative voice that addresses the specific health determinants and needs of queer and trans community members through community education, support, and capacity-building; provider training and professional development; and community-based research and advisory.
The Family Centre https://www.the-family-centre.com (780) 900-5934 #20, 9912 106 Street NW Edmonton The Family Centre provides workshops, therapy, family support services, interpretation, and translation services to foster healthy families in healthy communities. We empower children, youth, and families to effectively navigate through change, raise healthy children, develop strong and healthy relationships, and heal from trauma.
Free Food Directory – Healthy Eating Starts Here! (food banks) https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/nutrition/Page16163.aspx Free Food in Alberta directories list information about where to find free food including food banks, food hampers, and free meals. The information describes programs and provides contact information. To find programs in your community, look for your zone and find your community’s name and click on it.
FYrefly https://www.ualberta.ca/camp-fyrefly (780) 492-4909 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Camp fYrefly is an educational, social, and personal leadership retreat for queer and trans youth. It focuses on building and nurturing their leadership skills and personal resiliency in an effort to help them learn how to make significant contributions to their own lives and to their schools, home/group-home environments, and communities. Camp is designed for queer and trans youth between the ages of 14 and 24.
Insight Psychological https://www.insightpsychological.ca/sexuality/lgbtq/ (780) 962-3310 If you are struggling with your sexual or gender identity and are having difficulty coming out, or if you have come out, and are feeling isolated or shame – you might want to consider therapy. It’s possible that there is literally no one else you can talk to about some of these issues and a trained therapist can help.
Kid's Help Phone https://kidshelpphone.ca/what-is-kids-help-phone 1-800-668-6868 Text CONNECT 686868 Kids Help Phone is always there for you. No matter what you want to talk about, we're here to listen. No judgment, totally private, 24/7. Our service is completely anonymous and confidential - we don't trace calls, we don't have call display. You don't even have to tell us your name if you don't want to.
The LGBTQ+ Wellness Centre https://www.wellnesscentreab.ca/ email@example.com 9117 82 Avenue NW Edmonton The Centre aims to provide quality and timely care to the transgender,non-binary and gender diverse persons in northern Alberta. The Centre focuses on crisis support, outreach to individuals seeking healthcare, education opportunities for family doctors and other healthcare providers, as well as engagement with grassroots organization and other professionals who are interested in or are currently providing care.
Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/ 1-800-661-3446 NORTHERN ALBERTA (780) 422-6056 SOUTHERN ALBERTA (403) 297-8435 The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, mandated to work with vulnerable young people. The OCYA provides individual and systemic advocacy for children and youth receiving “designated services” as defined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act. This includes young people receiving or attempting to access services under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act, as well as youth involved with the youth justice system.
PFLAG Alberta Locations http://pflagcanada.ca/pflag-chapters/alberta/ PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. The "coming-out" process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow.
The Pride Centre of Edmonton http://pridecentreofedmonton.ca (780) 488-3234 The centre hosts LGBTQ events as well as has a youth space, resources, and a library on their website. Services include drop in programs for youth and adults, information and resources, programming, counselling provided by qualified counsellors, peer support groups, outreach programs, and workshops.
Queer YEG https://www.queeryeg.ca Serving Edmonton's LGBTQ+ community and its supporters by providing a directory of businesses and organizations that are welcoming of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Browse through the Queer-Friendly Business Directory for a safe space to find people who are open-minded and happy to serve you - no matter how you identify or express yourself.
The Rainbow Pages LGBTQ+ Youth Resource Guide https://www.therainbowpages.ca/?utm_source=Link&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=TRP%20Blog%20Update Transitioning into adulthood can be tough, finding resources shouldn’t have to be! The upgraded platform is a safe space where youth can find the support they need, whether they are clear about their sexual orientation and gender identity, or are still figuring it out. The Rainbow Pages Youth Resource Guide was developed by The Family Centre to provide LGBTQ+ youth and the youth-serving community a consolidated guide of the supports available in Edmonton.
The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) http://sace.ca 780-423-4102 The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) believes that unique and specialized services should be available to all people, regardless of ethnicity, heritage, faith, gender, culture, age, social and financial status, ability, or sexual orientation.
Skipping Stone Foundation https://www.skippingstone.ca/ (403) 988-9138 The Skipping Stone Foundation is a Calgary-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower trans and gender diverse youth and their families in the province of Alberta. Having observed that historically, far too often trans and gender diverse youth are subject to significant negative stigma and substantially increased barriers to equitable care, support and quality of life, the Skipping Stone Foundation was formed with the goal of breaking down those barriers and giving youth positive and affirming opportunities surrounding their gender identity.
SOGI 1 2 3 https://www.sogieducation.org/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org SOGI 1 2 3 helps educators make schools inclusive and safe for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI). At a SOGI-inclusive school, students' biological sex does not limit their interests and opportunities, and their sexual orientation and how they understand and express their gender are welcomed without discrimination.
Trans Equality Society of Alberta http://www.tesaonline.org TESA's mission is to be a witness to and a voice for matters concerning trans Albertans. TESA was formed in the hopes that building a traditional non-profit advocacy group would open opportunities for formal engagement with authorities who otherwise overlook the unique needs of the larger trans community.
Translifeline http://www.translifeline.org The Hotline: US: 1-877-565-8860 Canada: 1-877-330-6366 Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.
YESS Youth Empowerment Support Services https://yess.org To walk beside traumatized youth on their journey towards healing and appropriate community integration. Based in Edmonton, YESS provides immediate and low-barrier shelter, temporary housing, and individualized wraparound support for youth ages 15-24. We focus on working collaboratively with our youth-supporting partners on prevention and diversion out of homelessness. And ultimately, we aim to walk beside traumatized youth as they heal through relationships.
Youthsafe http://www.youthsafe.net/ (403) 220-2505 Youthsafe provides links to information and resources, in Alberta, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (“LGBT”) people and allies. The website is focused on services for youth and young adults.
Youthspace http://youthspace.ca Youthspace is a place for any youth across Canada, under 30, that is experiencing any sort of crisis to come and talk. We are open every day between 6pm and midnight Pacific Standard Time! We are a diverse community of trained volunteers who would love to listen to how things are going for you. We care, and believe that talking can help you sort through your feelings and thoughts. We hope that you feel less alone after chatting with us. All volunteers are certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training).