On Tuesday we observed World Mental Health Day at Alberta Hospital Edmonton—joined by Honorable Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Health Services CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, and other distinguished guests.Those who attended sipped coffee, ate cookies, and admired the artwork made by patients at the hospital, followed by presentations on the future of mental health in Alberta.
This week was not only the kickoff to the hockey season—with Edmonton’s home opener between the Oilers and the Flames on Wednesday—but also the kickoff to a very special program co-founded by Chloe and Harrison Katz: Hockey Helps Kids.
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Books bring us together; they offer a common ground for empathy and discussion. This was once more proved to us at the Foundation during Edmonton’s latest Fringe festival, where we helped host the 6th annual Fringe Book Sale in coordination with staff and patients at Alberta Health Services (AHS). If you made your way to the Old Strathcona Fringe grounds this August, chances are you walked past it in your theatrical travels.
23 years ago, Steve Leskiw hit a rough patch. He retired from his teaching career and was at a crossroads in his personal life as well. He was selling used cars when a friend approached him. “Steve,” he said, “it looks like you’re searching for something.” This was Steve’s introduction to HU. Though it was a rocky start, he still uses the simple mantra today, only now he uses it to help individuals who struggle with addiction and mental illness find peace.
Taylor McDonald did double duty this year as second for curling Team Kelsey Rocque. She not only helped her team win gold in the 2017 Winter Universiade this past February, she also raised $4,830 for the Mental Health Foundation through her feature in 2017’s Women of Curling calendar.
When Scott Campbell attended our Mental Health Breakfast earlier this year, he was moved to do more than just talk. He decided to do something about mental health in his community. 100 days later, he was at the start line of Canada’s Toughest Mudder in Whistler, B.C. with 240 other competitors, after having raised $3,000 for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Edmonton while preparing for the event.
His contribution will change lives—not only because of the funds provided, but also due to his efforts to make mental health a community responsibility.
By Mark Korthuis, Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation
We are still a young nation, very much in the formative stages. Our national condition is still flexible enough, that we can make almost anything we wish of our nation. No other country is in a better position than Canada to go ahead with the evolution of a national purpose, devoted to all that is good and noble and excellent in the human spirit.
Lester B. Pearson, 14th Prime Minister of Canada, Canada Day 1967.
On Friday, June 9 we joined John Cameron Entertainment as they launched what John Cameron hailed as “the city’s first concert in support of mental health,” benefiting the Mental Health Foundation and our partners at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.