SA Mental Health Initiative

Student life can be stressful at times. Many students face constraints of limited budgets, pressures of work-school-life balance, the weight of nagging deadlines, and looming exams. Coupled with anxiety, loneliness, and other issues, your student experience can become a difficult one.

In recognition of these pressures, the Students’ Association of Red Deer Polytechnic introduced its Mental Health Initiative aimed at promoting a positive atmosphere in which mental health can be explored and solutions can be enhanced.

Through its Mental Health Initiative, the SA hosts mental health awareness events each term. The events are designed to give students a break and to help encourage discussion of mental health.

Activities have included:

  • Oxygen Bar
  • Tea Talks
  • Puppy Room
  • Yoga and Meditation Sessions
  • Healthy Sandwich Race
  • Random Act of Kindness Campaigns
  • Bouncy House
  • Workshops

If you need help:

Distress Line Central Alberta

Red Deer 49 Street
Community Health Centre
Mental Health Services

Alberta Mental Health Helpline

RDP Counselling

Health, Safety & Wellness Centre

Campus Security Emergency Line


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Mental Health Resources Near You

There are several mental health resources available at Red Deer Polytechnic and in the community.

Distress Line Central Alberta


Distress line operated by Suicide Information & Education Services, a non-profit organization serving Red Deer and the communities of Central Alberta that offers information, education, and referral services. We provide age appropriate educational programs to children, youth and interested adult groups, as well as referrals and resources to those in need.

Red Deer 49 Street Community Health Centre: Mental Health Services


Provides services for people with mental health issues, including helping people access the best service for them as quickly as possible.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Red Deer | 403-342-2266

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization promoting community wellness and supporting people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions. Based on community needs, staff and volunteers accomplish this through recovery focused support, education, and advocacy.

Alberta Mental Health Helpline


Provides confidential, anonymous service, crisis intervention, information about mental health programs and services, referrals to other agencies if needed.

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre | 24 hour sexual assault crisis line: 1-866-956-1099

Crisis counselling (short & long term), medical, police and court support. Services for individuals affected by sexual assault offered at no cost.

Family Violence Info Line


Call if you (or someone you know) are going through family violence or abuse if you have questions or want to find out about programs, resources, and services.

Addiction Services Helpline


Help for problems with gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Bullying Helpline | 1-888-456-2323

Advice or support on bullying. Helpline is available 24 hours a day.