Our community needs to act and approach mental health not just as a temporary setback, but an ongoing process that requires lots of care and consideration. We offer our youth opportunities to develop meaningful relationships, learn skills, and work towards goals they’re passionate about. The foundation of these programs is engagement and communication that drives social change. Young people can grow and learn about mental health by participating with like-minded individuals and role models for a greater good.


Harm reduction is not about stopping our clients’ abusive behaviors altogether. Instead, it’s a way to highlight destructive tendencies. We neither condone nor condemn such behaviors, but voice the potential risks engaging in these vices to our clients. This methodology is extremely useful in helping people recognize habitual cause and effect relationships with damaging substances or activities.


Scroll down to see some ways Social Economic Development Solutions implements Harm Reduction


Scroll down below to see some of the ways Social Economic Development Solutions aims to implement HARM REDUCTION



Workshops at Social Economic Development Solutions create a safe space for young people that are struggling with substance abuse and unsafe behaviors. By providing a safe space, young people can come together, get educated, and have honest discussions about drug use. These interactive workshops are led by our faculty and cover a wide range of topics like music, art, literature, and games. They empower our youth and develop lifelong skills while putting them in an environment that promotes growth.

Visit our location if you want to speak to a counsellor about any of these or other issues.



Gender and sexuality can be connected but these are not the same.


Gender is not simply your sexuality but is used to express yourself. The link between gender and biological sex is made by many but doesn’t work for everybody. On the other hand, sexuality works to describe who you’re attracted to emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Everyone’s preferences and journey are different, and some have a longer timeline than others.


If you have questions or not sure if you’re transsexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, or any other sexual orientation it’s okay, we’re here to help. Social Economic Development Solutions Is a safe place where we answer questions, guide, and provide support.


Feel free to contact our director, Kakurah Ninslima, if you have questions for yourself or a friend who needs support. Kakurah can be reached by phone at 780-607-0543.


Coming out about your sexual orientation or gender identity is a very personal decision


Your decision about sexual orientation and gender identity is very personal, and 100% your choice whether you share that information. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before coming out:


  1.  Is coming out something you really want to do or are you being pressured to do it?


  2. Many people are open about their opinions about sexuality and gender, but some are not. Do you have an idea about how the person you’re coming out to might react?
  3.  Are you prepared for the reaction of the person you’re coming out to, even if the reaction is bad?


  4.   Do you know where to go for support if you get a bad reaction?


  5.  If you’re coming out to your parents or guardians, have you thought about what you’ll do if they react negatively? Would it still be safe to live at home? If not, where is another safe place you could go to?


For information and support

Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to connect with a counsellor who can help you

  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line at 1-800-268-9688 for confidential, free, non-judgmental peer support Sunday-Friday 4:00-9:30 PM
  • Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 if you are having a bad drug-use experience or just need some information on safe sex or drugs

Check out Useful Links in our Resource Section