Resources & Supports

Find the Supports You Need

At Red Deer Polytechnic, we offer a variety of resources to support the well-being of our students and staff. From mental health services to LGBTQS2+ support, we're here to help you thrive. Explore resources you can find on campus and ones available from the broader Red Deer Community below. 

RDP Services and Supports | Crisis Supports | Mental Health Supports | Substance Use & Harm Reduction | LGBTQ2S+ Supports | Black Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC) | Domestic Violence & Abuse Supports | Career Supports | Additional Resources

On-Campus Resources & Supports

RDP Services
RDP Services and Supports
Academic SupportOffer peer tutoring (math, writing skills, etc.) and study resources to help students thrive. 403.342.3264 writingskills@rdpolytech.ca
Room 2006F
Accessibility ServicesAdvocate for accessible learning environments for students with documented disabilities affecting mobility, learning, and physical or mental health. 403.357.3629 accessibility@rdpolytech.ca
Room 1006 
Campus SecurityAssist with campus safety, distress intervention, Safewalk, and lost or stolen items. Non-Emergency: 403.342.3445
Emergency: 403.343.4000
Located at main entrance of RDP main campus 
Career Education and Experience DevelopmentFree career services for students through resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, career planning and job search workshops. 403.342.3401 employmentservices@rdpolytech.ca
Room 1204 
Counselling Services Free and confidential counselling services for current student regarding mental health, addiction, trauma, etc. Free mental health education and events for students. 403.343.4064 counselling@rdpolytech.ca
Room 1402  
Family RoomQuiet and private space for students with children to care for their children while on campus.Located across from Room 2500
Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Fitness facility for every skill level or fitness goal for students and the community. 403.356.5100
120 College Circle
Health and Wellbeing Services Offers first aid & emergency nursing services, as well as care for all illnesses & injuries. Health and safety education & promotion including mental health, sexual health, addictions, community referrals and compliance with occupational health and safety. Access to free safer sex supplies & menstruation products.403.342.3427 campushealth@rdpolytech.ca
Room 901 
Indigenous Student Services Facilitates academic, social and cultural support for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Non-Status learners. 403.357.3672 indigenous.services@rdpolytech.ca
Room 1009
International Student ServicesInformation on studying in Canada, study permits, registering in courses, arranging accommodations, tutorials, etc. 403.356.4941 international@rdpolytech.ca
Room 1009 
Learning Skills Strategists Professional learning strategy assistance and guidance to help students thrive. 403.342.3136 kristine.parsons@rdpolytech.ca
Room 2006F 
LibraryProvides resources, technology and space for students, staff and faculty. 403.342.3344
Text: 403.800.8945 LibraryAnswers@rdpolytech.ca
Room 1006 
Mental Health Education CoordinatorCoordinate mental health and wellness promotion, prevention and educational events for students. 403.343.4072
Room 1402
MyWellnessOnline counselling provided by the Students’ Association for all current students. 
Print CentrePrint and copy shop403.342.3302
Room 800
Recovery On CampusPeer connection group for students navigating recovery from addiction. This is an all paths to recovery group where we value both a harm reduction and abstinence-based approach to recovering from addiction403.343.4072
The Loft – Room 2000
Registrar OfficeAssist with academic schedule, add/drop classes, tuition refunds, and grade appeals403.342.3400
Located in main hallway of RDP main campus
Regulation StationsQuiet and private spaces on campus equipped with art materials, fidgets, handouts, and resources for student experiencing distress. Located Counselling Services, Testing Services and the 1200 wing.403.343.4064 counselling@rdpolytech.ca
ResidenceEvents, resources, and information for students in residence403.342.3257
109 College Circle
Serenity ZoneQuiet place for students to pray, meditate, or reflectRoom 2400
Students’ AssociationSupport with appeal process, lockers/handbooks, used bookstore, benefits plan, clubs and societies, food bank, and housing403.342.3200
Room 2010
Students Connect Centre Assist with academic advising, financial support, emergency student funding, program requirements, course selection, and academic planning/withdrawals403.342.3254
Room 1102
Student Supports Intake Provides wrap around supports and referrals to students facing any barriers such as crisis management, mental health, accessibility, safety concerns, financial concerns, basic needs, social and cultural needs403.343.4064
Room 1402
Testing Services Provide internal and external exam administration and invigilation services for courses403.342.3292
Room 940
RDP SAFE AppOfficial safety app for RDPAvailable on App Store and Google Play 

Red Deer Community Resources & Supports

Crisis Supports
Crisis Supports
Alberta Emergency ServicesPolice, fire, or medical emergencies for immediate support911
Alberta Health Services Addictions HotlineReferral service for problem use with alcohol and substances 24/7 Line: 1.866.332.2322
Central Alberta Sexual Assault CentreAssistance and safe environment for children and families403.340.1124
24/7 Text Line: 1.866.956.1099
Suicide Crisis Helpline24/7 support line for suicide preventionCall or text 988
Hope for Wellness Helpline24/7 immediate crisis support in English, French, Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut855.242.3310
RCMP Red Deer City DetachmentPolice for emergencies, safety checks and suicide, and reporting abuse or violence403.406.2200
Mental Health Supports
Mental Health Supports
Canadian Mental Health AssociationMental illness, brain injury, and addiction support, education, and advocacy403.342.2266
Catholic Social ServicesIndividual counseling and family support403.347.8844
Central Alberta Recovery CollegeClasses and group counselling for mental health403.967.0473
The Outreach CentreSupport and education for suicide, grief, domestic violence, family law, family crisis, and housing403.347.2480
Family Services of Central AlbertaIndividual, couple, and family counselling403.343.6400
Kids Help Phone24/7 support line for counselling, information, referrals, and more800.668.6868
National Eating Disorders Association24/7 support line for individuals affected by eating disorders800.931.2237
Immediate Support: Text NEDA to 741741
Police & Crisis Team (PACT)Mobile mental health crisis response outreach teams with an RPM and RCMP officer403.406.2505
Red Deer Primary Care NetworkCounselling and support groups for anxiety, sleep, happiness, and relationships403.343.9100
Red Deer Regional HospitalMedical treatment for physical or mental illness403.343.4422
Schizophrenia Society of AlbertaSupport for those affected by schizophrenia403.986.9440
Vantage Community ServicesCounselling services, transitional housing for youth, life skills training, and in-house treatment for mental health issues403.340.8995
Wellness Together CanadaMental health and substance use support for people in Canada and Canadians abroad. Free, virtual and 24/71.866.585.0445
Immediate Crisis Support: Text WELLNESS to 741741
211 AlbertaAn exploration of additional resources and supports, including referral service for financial, social, housing, food, disability, volunteer, mental health, and more211
Substance Use & Harm Reduction
Substance Use & Harm Reduction
Alberta Health Services Addictions Hotline Referral service for problem use with alcohol and substances24-Hour Line: 1.866.332.2322
Alberta Virtual Opioid Dependency Program (VODP)Access to treatment for opioid dependency. Free App to notify emergency personnel of overdose while using1.844.383.7688
Addictions and Mental Health Services (AHS)Addiction, mental health, and disordered eating services. Drop-in counselling Monday to Friday403.340.5466
Central Alberta FASD Network Awareness, prevention, education, and restorative justice about FASD and for those with FASD403.342.7499
Turning PointHarm reduction and health promotion services and connection program for LGBTQ2S+ community1.877.346.8858
LGBTQ2S+ Supports
LGBTQ2S+ Supports
Central Alberta Pride Society Offers LGBTQ2SI+ resources, events, and peer supportContact 
LGBTW Youth LineLGBTQ2SI peer support line for youth aged 26 and under1.800.268.9688
Text: 647.694.4275 
Red Deer Queer Community AssociationOffers LGBTQ+ support groups, events (such as Rainbow Book Club and Coffee Meetings) and various resourcesrdqca.social@gmail.com
Transgender LifelineDedicated to the wellbeing of transgender people especially when they are experiencing crisis1.877.330.6366
Turning PointHarm reduction and health promotion services and connection program for LGBTQ2S+ community1.877.346.8858
Black Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC)
Black Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC)
Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care ClinicAny Indigenous persons can see a doctor by video or phone call for non-urgent issues1.888.342.4822
Canadian Muslim CounsellingVirtual counselling with therapists who have formal training in Islamic Sciences and counselling437.886.6309
Catholic Social Services Cross-Cultural CounsellingFree, confidential counselling services to new immigrants and refugees offered in many languages403.347.8844
Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s AssociationSupport and awareness for immigrants and their families in all aspects of Canadian life403.341.3553
Central Alberta Refugee EffortEducation, support, and resources/connections for new Canadians403.346.8818
Central Alberta Women’s Emergency ShelterSafe refuge, personal counselling, and community support for families experiencing violence1.888.346.5643 
Crisis Text Line: 403.506.0485
Indian Residential School Support Line24/7 support line for residential school survivors1.866.925.4419
Native Counselling Services of AlbertaHousing, mental health, and cultural services for Indigenous People by Indigenous People403.347.4377
Red Deer Native Friendship SocietyCultural programs, health, social services, housing support, education, cultural connections403.340.0020
Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices SocietyDialogue facilitation, combat issues and concerns enhance community development, and establish regular gatherings403.505.4049
Domestic Violence & Abuse Supports
Domestic Violence & Abuse Supports
Bullying HelplineSupport line for victims of bullying or abuse888.456.2323
24-Hour Text or Call Line: 310.1818
Central Alberta Child Advocacy CentreAssistance and safe environment for children and families587.272.2233
Central Alberta Sexual Assault CentreCrisis counselling, medical, police, and court support403.340.1124
24/7 Text Line: 1.866.956.1099
Central Alberta Women’s Emergency ShelterSafe refuge, personal counselling, and community support for families experiencing violence1.888.346.5643
Crisis Text Line: 403.506.0485
Child Abuse HotlineReport line for suspected child abuse800.387.5437
Family Violence Info LineSupport line for individuals experiencing family violence403.310.1818
One-LineToll-free talk-text-chat service that connects individuals that have been impacted by sexual violence for specialized support1.866.403.8000
Career Supports
Career Supports
ALIS AlbertaCareer planning, training, look for work, tools, and resources1.877.644.9992
Bredin Employment CentreServices to assist with finding employment and housing587.273.0225
Career CatalystsResume building, job searching, career consulting, coaching, cover letters, interview preparation, etc.403.348.9025
Employment Placement and Support Services (EPSS)Employment placement services for employees and support for families and individuals with dyabilities. Provides one on one, in-person, or virtual support for career services, assists in finding, preparing, and maintaining employment403.343.6249
Additional Resources
Additional Resources
Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre for mothers and fathersSupport and education for childbirth, abortion, and adoption403.343.1611
Community Legal ClinicFree legal advice and referrals403.314.9129
Legal Aid AlbertaFree legal information and referrals866.845.3425
The Mustard SeedCommunity support centre for shelter, meals, clothing and necessities, and spiritual care1.877.731.7333
Red Deer Food BankImmediate food requirements403.342.5355
Red Deer Housing AuthorityTemporary finding for individuals in core housing need403.343.2177
Safe HarbourEmergency shelter services, support services and housing services, resources, and support for extended family403.347.0181
Voice of Albertans with DisabilitiesProvides disability related services such as AISH, CPPD, LAP, Taxes, DTC, OAC, Alberta Health Benefits, advocacy for Albertans with Disabilities and helps facilitate Human Rights Complaints Processes780.488.9088
Dress for SuccessCommunity connection to professional clothing and support for women403.597.8769
Free Meal Schedule Red DeerSee Red Deer Food Bank Website 


RDP Resource List Updates

Although our team works diligently to update our resources, we recognize information and programs can evolve and change within our communities frequently. We want to ensure we continue to keep our resources for staff and students as relevant as possible and appreciate your help in doing so.  If you notice any outdated or incorrect information within our shared information, please complete the following form or be in touch with the Mental Health Education Coordinator.

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