We know it can be difficult for young people to get help on their own terms – and on their own time. To meet this need, we’ve launched Kickstand Connect – a free online portal that makes it easy to connect with mental health professionals and peer support workers by phone or video. No more waiting for a referral!
We’d like to thank ATB Financial for supporting Kickstand Connect last year with their 2021 ATB Teddy for a Toonie Campaign. With the support of ATB’s fundraising efforts, not only were we able to increase capacity to bring Kickstand to the virtual space – it also raised awareness of this new resource to young people, their friends and care providers across the province.
It can often be tough to reach out to someone else for support or advice. We’ve felt the same.
Kickstand’s innovative MoreGoodDays message service can deliver a daily dose of inspiration and advice straight to your phone via text message. Whether you’re feeling high or low on any given day, these simple messages can shift your perspective and give you something positive to build on.
Get started by texting MoreGoodDays to 393939.
MoreGoodDays was pioneered by a University of Alberta researcher to support mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kickstand was excited to work with 26 young people across Alberta to craft unique text messages designed to connect, encourage and empower. Give it a try!
MoreGoodDays is totally free – but if you normally pay to receive text messages, you may incur charges. Check with your carrier to be sure.
Reply STOP MoreGoodDays to opt out of the program.
Kickstand is a new way for professionals to work together and help young people thrive in Alberta. In addition to this site and the centres we are setting up across the province, these other resources can help you manage your own health and wellness. All of these resources have been vetted by Kickstand.
These apps all focus on mindfulness, stress reduction and everyday mental health support and tips. These apps are all free but some also have a paid option to access additional conten
These additional sites can help you navigate other aspects of wellness – from suicide prevention to body image to empowering gender diverse young people.
Kickstand is made possible thanks to the contributions of many generous and important partners.
All information on this site is intended to provide assistance and guidance but cannot replace the care of a medical professional.