H.U.G. Program

hugThe Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) in Schools Initiative works to promote positive mental health in children, youth, families and support individuals in the community who interact with children and youth. Helping Us Grow (H.U.G.) is one of 37 locally planned, coordinated and implemented MHCB programs that operate across the province. 

When individuals, communities and agencies work together to promote mental and emotional well being in whole populations of children, youth, and families, we can enhance positive mental health as well as decrease the negative impacts of emerging mental illnesses.

The MHCB initiative is funded and led by Alberta Health Services (AHS) Provincial Addiction and Mental Health.

 Programming goals: 

  • Enhance physical, social and mental well-being of the school community
  • Establish healthy relationships
  • Raise awareness of positive mental health
  • Build resiliency skills
  • Cultivate character development
  • Encourage positive behavior
  • Facilitate leadership and positive role modeling
  • Strengthen school-community connections
  • Promote self-confidence and empathy
  • Support transitions 

H.U.G. Program Partners: 

  • Medicine Hat School District #76
  • McMan Youth, Family and Community services
  • Alberta Health Services-Mental Health and Addictions
  • Alberta Education
  • Medicine Hat Police Service
  • Moving and Choosing
  • City of Medicine Hat Community Workers
  • And other community Partners 

 Contact information:

403 529-1555 extension 5440 
Jaimie Feeney
Program Coordinator
George Davison School

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