Viewpoints is a preventative, evidence-based program intended to improve the overall well-being of Airdrie youth by equipping them, their families and the community with knowledge, skills and resources about mental health.
Funded through the City of Airdrie’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program, Viewpoints provides youth, parents, caregivers and the community with resources to increase awareness and understanding of youth mental health issues in Airdrie. Through workshops, groups and other activities, youth are empowered and involved in mental health and wellness activities that contribute to their sense of well-being.
As a preventative program, Viewpoints connects with local schools, guidance counsellors, sports coaches and other community partners to identify youth aged 14-24 who may either be at risk of mental health issues or who may benefit from mental wellness resources, ensuring youth have access to support even before they begin experiencing symptoms of poor mental health.
Did You Know?
- 70% of adults with a mental illness first experienced symptoms as adolescents
- Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14
- Youth mental health issues can lead to school failure, substance abuse, self-harm, suicide and other serious challenges