Acute at Home

Now more than ever, kids and teens struggling with their mental health need our support.

Disruptions with schooling, cancelled recreational activities, separation from friends, health and safety protocols and concerns about the Covid-19 virus itself are taking a toll on young people’s mental health during these unpredictable times.

What if young people in crisis could access the support they need in the comfort of their own homes, or even while out for a walk with the family dog? What if mental health experts made house calls? With your help, they can.

“Acute at Home” is a program that utilizes specially trained therapists, social workers and nurses who work with the Alberta Children’s Hospital emergency department to identify and support families requiring immediate intervention. With the goal to prevent hospitalizations, the team delivers intensive mental health care for children and teens in their home – in person, by video or phone – using clinical and therapeutic treatments tailored to their needs.

You can help kids and teens receive urgent mental health care in a safe and timely way simply by purchasing your ticket to this year’s Children’s Hospital Lottery.

You can help change a child’s future.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is the world-class hospital it is today, thanks in great part to community support for the Children’s Hospital Lottery. For the past 29 years, the lottery has funded ground-breaking initiatives that have helped the hospital become a national and international leader in child healthcare and research.

Last year, as the impact of both the pandemic and the economic crises took hold, lottery supporters provided relief for families struggling to afford basic needs while caring for their sick children.

This year, you can once again help young people coping with challenges worsened by the double crises.  The “Acute at Home” outreach team has the expertise and flexibility to provide kids and teens with crucial intensive mental health care – safely, effectively, at home and with the support of their entire family.