“The holiday season can be stressful and challenging. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or you just need some support, help is available.

“I want to remind anyone experiencing mental health or addiction challenges that there are services available and you are not alone.

“If you are struggling with your mental health or are having suicidal thoughts, I urge you to reach out to Health Link at 811 or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

“Help is also available 24-7 through community clinics, walk-in services, crisis intervention, physician offices, or emergency departments across Alberta.

“Children, youth and post-secondary students also have access to 24-7, free, confidential and professional online and telephone counselling and text-based crisis support through Kids Help Phone.

“If you are struggling with substance use, the best gift you can give yourself and your family is treatment and recovery. The Addiction Helpline is available 24-7 at 1-866-332-2322.

“This holiday season, let us all do our part to remove the stigma around mental health and addiction and talk openly with our loved ones about mental wellness, recovery and hope.

“Help is available. And asking for help is a sign of strength.”