ONE ON ONE SUPPORT FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS, AGED 13-25

Anam Rural Youth Provides Person-Centred, non-clinical, non-traditional, One On One Support With:

  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Mental Health
  • Self Harm
  • Trauma
  • Parent Conflict
  • High Conflict Divorce
"Anam provides our vunerable and at-risk students with a trusted, caring adult who understands the importance of crisis intervention from a trauma informed mindset."
- Referring organization
"Anam has spearheaded remarkable collaborations ... for the benefit of the youth by acting as a powerful advocate and encouraging conversations around change."
- Referring organization

Anam (On-um) Rural Youth Association provides a mobile, trauma-integrated, crisis intervention, psychological first aid approach support service to marginalized and at-risk youth and young adults, aged 13-25, in the rural communities of Central Alberta.

Our distinctiveness lies in our unwavering commitment to delivering crucial services through a mobile platform.  We travel to our clients, providing an informal, casual, person-centred approach that ensures accessibility for individuals who may not find traditional settings effective.

As part of our person-centred approach, we accompany our clients for a meal during our meetings, removing barriers to accessing support and eliminating additional stressors.

We are committed to removing barriers to accessing mental health support.

Our unique model makes a lasting impact on the mental health landscape for our youth and young adults.

We support our clients in understanding the reasons behind their behaviour in conversations around brain development, impacts of early childhood experiences and traumas on the brain.

We are not a counselling or therapy service but a safety net for those who should be accessing those services but for some reason can’t/won’t access them, is on a waiting list for a counsellor or therapist, or for those who are accessing those services but require additional psychological support in between those professional appointments.

Early childhood trauma profoundly impacts brain development and a child’s ability to form attachments. High risk youth typically cannot identify a healthy adult in their lives and are not only coping with early childhood trauma but facing ongoing rejection, abandonment and violence. By eliminating barriers youth and young adults face when needing professional support, meeting them where they are at, in an environment where they are not triggered, we are telling them that they matter too, that we value them and that they are worth the effort.

“I can talk to you where I couldn’t talk to anyone before. You explain things in a way that makes sense.”

Early childhood trauma profoundly impacts brain development and a child’s ability to form attachments. High risk youth typically cannot identify a healthy adult in their lives and are not only coping with early childhood trauma but facing ongoing rejection, abandonment and violence. By eliminating barriers youth and young adults face when needing professional support, meeting them where they are at, in an environment where they are not triggered, we are telling them that they matter too, that we value them and that they are worth the effort.

Our Vision

Empower youth and young adults to recognize their full potential.

Our Mission

Anam engages with marginalized & at-risk youth and young adults in building capacity for them to break negative cycles and behaviours fostering their ability to recognize their worth.

“I wish I found you sooner. I’ve done the hotlines, I’ve done lots of different agencies, you’re the first one that actually hears me.”

Thank You to Our Donors

Including branches in Blackfalds, Bentley, Bashaw, Innisfail, Ponoka, Rimbey, Sylvan Lake, Three Hills and Servus Credit Union Corporate

The Stendie Family
The Buchman Family
The Rellis Family

Blackfalds Bulldogs Foundation

The Stendie Family
The Buchman Family
The Rellis Family

Including branches in Blackfalds, Bentley, Bashaw, Innisfail, Ponoka, Rimbey, Sylvan Lake, Three Hills and Servus Credit Union Corporate