Mental Health

Mental Health Supports

The School Counsellor at Morinville Community High School, Mrs. Vanessa Connell, provides social and emotional support to students as well as career advice or help with post secondary goals. Support for mental health concerns including symptoms of anxiety, stress or depression as well as a variety of other concerns is available in the Counsellors office. It is a confidential space for students to use to improve their wellbeing at school. 

School Counselling does NOT replace or operate like private Counselling Services.  If there are larger needs identified and external supports are required, referrals can be made through the Counselling office. 

Students can schedule themselves in or feel free to stop by student services when a need arrises. Teachers and parents can also refer students and appointments can be booked in advance. 

Click HERE to book an appointment with me. 

Parents can call during school hours (780-939-6891) or email Mrs. Connell at to report/discuss concerns.

Consent to Counsellor Service can be viewed and printed HERE.


Introducing GSACRD's new District Counsellor in Addictions, Lucy Oster.  

Lucy is a big believer in the human capacity for resilience, growth, and change. She has dedicated her career to supporting youth and adults in overcoming addiction to substances and other negative behaviours, as well as tendencies toward unhealthy relationship patterns. Throughout her career as a counsellor, social worker, and mediator, Lucy has worked tirelessly to reduce stigma and break down barriers for folks accessing mental health supports. She is trained in both individual and family counselling and has received teachings both from a western and indigenous worldview. Lucy believes in a holistic approach to healing, and strives to help her clients examine their spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health. She has experience using a restorative justice model in navigating challenging conversations and helping families heal from trauma. Before embarking on her career in social service, Lucy worked with youth as a competitive gymnastics coach and sought-after choreographer. She is grateful for the opportunity to bring her experience and skillset to Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. Lucy was born in Warsaw, Poland, but grew up in Edmonton where she currently lives with her 2 teenage children and Siberian Husky. In her spare time, she loves to run, dance, read, and cook while listening to her favourite podcasts!

Parents can call during school hours (780-939-6891) or email Ms. Oster at to report/discuss concerns.





Counselling Risks and Benefits

Potential Benefits:  

Gain and improve coping tools  

Increased personal insight and understanding  

Personal empowerment, healing, & growth  

Improved relationships  

Improved Communication  

Increased well-being

Improved emotional management and processing  

Increased confidence & self-esteem

Potential Risks:  

Bringing up unpleasant events  

Stirring up unpleasant feelings  

Disrupting relationships – It is common that when you make significant changes in your life, that not everyone in your life will be accepting of them


A Mental Health Capacity Building Initiative (MHCB)

The MHCB team works to provide mental health education, prevention, and promotion efforts. Within MCHS there is a designated Wellness Coach for students, families, and staff to connect with; programming offered outside class times; presentations around mental health and well-being in classrooms; school-wide initiatives to engage students in learning about their mental health; referrals to different resources within the community; and parent initiatives such as Parent Cafe for continued learning around mental health and well-being. Our MHCB team is known as 'GSACRD Voice' - here to empower you to find yours!

For more information, local resources, and event registrations, please visit the
GSACRD Voice website.


For questions and inquiries, please contact:
Lauren Chow
Program Manager


To learn more about the MHCB Initiative visit,



Youth Success Coach

Our MCHS Success Coach, Mrs Morin, works to improve students’ social, emotional, and physical well being from the understanding that in order to facilitate academic success and school engagement, students’ social and emotional needs must be addressed.  

Located in student services, our Success Coach is here to help manage stress, resolve conflict, reach goals, find support and manage transitions.  

For support please email  or contact the school directly.

Resources and Links


The Student Services department offers a variety of information and support regarding post-secondary, career, educational and personal matters. At MCHS, we have an open-door policy where students can access counselling on an as-need basis. Teachers and parents can also refer students and appointments can be booked in advance. Support is provided for individual and family concerns. Referrals to outside agencies can also be accessed through the school counsellor.

Educational Links:

Personal and Mental Health Support:

  • AnxietyCanada -Information to help you understand anxiety, as well as resources and tools to help you manage your anxiety. AnxietyBC are the developers of the free MindShift app which helps youth and young adults manage anxiety, using step by step strategies.
  • - Access information regarding substance use, self-harm, or other mental health concerns through this site. Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), now part of Alberta Health Services, provides excellent information about resources, prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • - Quit Smoking: AlbertaQuits Services include helpline, online and group counselling services designed to support all Albertans who have a desire to quit smoking.
  • - Canadian Mental Health Association offers this site to raise awareness of mental health problems that can affect teen lives and to provide practical tools and suggestions to support high school students.
  • - The Family Centre offers a wide range of programs and services to individuals and families including counselling for individuals, couples, families and groups.
  • - Family School Liaison Program (FCSS) is a family centred resource that provides support, counselling and liaison services to individuals and families whose children may be experiencing difficulties either at home or at school.
  • - St.Albert SAIF (Stop Abuse In Families) Society provides education, support and advocacy in the prevention of all forms of violence in relationships.
  • - Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, public education and one-on-one counselling.
  • - Supports for health and wellness