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Alberta increases funding for the Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program by $1 million

Alberta will increase funding for the Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program by $1 million, making the total investment more than $4 million over the next 2 years.

The grant launched in 2022 and since then there have been approximately 927 youth, which includes all individuals under the age of 25, that have been directly supported through the program. Over 1,000 youth have received resources and connections to support the youth in their community.

The program focuses on aiding youth who are at high risk, enhancing community and suicide prevention supports. The funding will be distributed to community organizations across Alberta to help expand the capacity of initiatives that have already been fabricated and build new initiatives that fit the needs of each unique community.

Searle Turton, Minister of Children and Family Services.

“Youth deserve to feel heard, supported, valued and loved, especially when they are suffering. Alberta’s government is proud to support the amazing work youth organizations across the province do to provide early intervention and youth suicide prevention supports, and to help ensure youth have a bright future.”

- Searle Turton, Minister of Children and Family Services.

The program will last from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2026, and organizations can apply to be part of the funding.

If you or someone you know needs support there are resources available:

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Hope for Wellness Chat: 1-855-242-3310

Mental Health Line: 1-877-303-2642

Suicide Crisis Helpline 9-8-8

211 Alberta – find programs and services in your community.

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