We are fortunate to see first-hand how generous REALTORS® are and what a big difference can be made for charities serving our community. Stay tuned for posts each week until the BIG Give about how Edmonton Area REALTORS® are moving communities forward. Get your ticket for the BIG Give!
The Foundation has proudly supported CASA's work to treat, inform research and advocate for mental health in children and families since 2008, granting over 60K to date. Mental health affects many people, and when families are involved, everyone is impacted. Receiving treatment in a holistic, timely manner means the whole family can thrive forward, together.
At this year's BIG Give, a representative from CASA will be speaking about the important work they do, how REALTORS® have supported and we will be announcing a pretty exciting investment.
CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health is a major community-based provider of mental health services for infants, children, adolescents and their families within greater Edmonton and from Central and Northern Alberta. CASA’s care is Strengths-Based, Family-Centered, Trauma-Informed, and Evidence-Based. CASA serves over 4000 children and youth, and their families each year.
CASA provides family-centred programs and services:
- Outpatient mental health treatment programs
- Specialized mental health programs
- Community outreach, education and consultation
CASA’s services are designed to assess and treat the multiple and broad needs of each child and their family. They are delivered by teams that may include psychiatrists, family physicians, pediatricians, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, psychometrists, classroom behavioural specialists, speech-language pathologists, child and youth care counsellors, and nutritionists.
Who needs CASA? Children and youth who have:
- Anxiety or stress that interfere with daily functions
- Attention and hyperactivity problems
- Trouble with school
- Learning challenges
- Experienced trauma, emotional or physical abuse
- Suffered neglect
- Suicidal thoughts, self-harming
- Addiction, including computers
“You can expect to begin a journey of self-awareness and personal reflection. You may feel afraid to share your feelings about your family, your child, or yourself. Many families have struggles. You are not alone.”
- CASA Parent / Family Advisory Council Member
“CASA House is a very good residential mental health program for teens. They have a supportive environment and friendly staff. The teens receive regular individual therapy as well as group therapy and also attend school within the facility. While it is a big time commitment, the required weekly parent support group meetings are an excellent source of learning and sharing with other parents in similar situations. If the teen and parents are willing to put in the hard work that it takes to learn strategies for dealing with a mental illness, this place changes lives and helps to create healthy families.”
- CASA child caregiver
“CASA House saved my life without the amazing staff and all the help and guidance I got, I honestly don’t think I'd be here right now.”
- Former CASA House youth
We're pretty confident you'll agree that CASA is pretty amazing and definitely a needed charity to support families in the Edmonton Area. If your more of a video person check out the clip below, and don't forget to snag your ticket to the BIG Give on March 24 to hear our big announcement!