Bonnyville and Cold Lake now have walk-in clinic services to support mental health.
Individuals can access the services every Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at New Park Place in Bonnyville and at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre.
“Improving access to addiction and mental health treatment services is key to a recovery-oriented system of care,” says Health Minister Jason Copping. “Recovery is possible for everyone, and our goal is to also make recovery accessible to everyone.”
The walk-in clinic is trying to be the first point of contact for people seeking support for a variety of mental health concerns. This clinic provides counseling services for individuals with addiction, as well as for family members or friends with a loved one with an addiction.
“The walk-in clinics are a very valuable service for our community and an extension of the great work our mental health professionals already do in the Bonnyville area,” adds David Hanson, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul.
It is also open every Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the AHS Addictions Services office in Bonnyville. In Cold Lake, it is available every Tuesday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and on Thursdays from 8:15 am to 11:00 am at the AHS Addiction Services office.
“Alberta’s government is building a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care,” says Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction. “Any Albertan struggling with mental health or addiction challenges will benefit from increased access to services that support their pursuit of recovery.”
Mental Health and Addiction Recovery have been placed as one of Alberta Health Services’ 10 priorities. Other priorities listed are Continuing Care and Sustainability.