Giving Thanks Tuesday

November 28, 2017

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day that has been claimed by the charitable sector and that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day when everyone is encouraged to take a break from shopping and to think about the good that giving can do.

We’re joining in on the fun this year, but not by asking for money. Instead, we’re giving thanks to all of our supporters who make the work we do possible.

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The Foundation Reaches rTMS Fundraising Goal

November 24, 2017

In March, we set a big hairy audacious goal for our annual Mental Health Breakfast: $400,000 to purchase 4 new rTMS machines in Edmonton to treat individuals with severe depression. 

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Peer Support Work: From Hopelessness to Hope

November 23, 2017

Pam Spurvey is no different than you or I. She has a past—we all do—but hers just happens to be out there for everyone to see. That’s because Pam is a peer support worker, and uses her lived experience as a tool to connect to others with pasts like her own, but who aren’t yet as far along on their paths to healing.

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A Party with a Purpose

October 19, 2017

For her 65th birthday celebration on October 1st, the Foundation’s long-time supporter Krishna Gupta hosted a “Party with a Purpose” at the Hotel Macdonald, featuring cuisine from around the world. Joined by loved ones and guests, Krishna used the evening to focus on gratitude: for her friends, for food that gives spice to her life and for her family and their life together.

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Celebrating a Better Future in Mind

October 12, 2017

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.

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Hockey Helps Kids

October 6, 2017

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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World Mental Health Day 2017

September 27, 2017

 

 

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Fringe Benefits: 6th Annual Book Sale for Mental Health

September 5, 2017

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.

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HU: A Simple Mindfulness Technique with a Big Impact

August 29, 2017

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. 

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Fundraiser Spotlight: Taylor McDonald

July 28, 2017

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.

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