The economic, social and moral reasons for ensuring individuals in our community are mentally healthy are apparent.

In economic terms, supporting mental health problems is one of the costliest in Canada, estimated at $14 billion dollars. Treating a mental health illness in hospitals is expensive; hospital stays cost an estimated $1,500 per day.

Socially, while we have been effective at reducing stigma associated with mental health issues, we still have a long way to go. That includes working to build increased community and philanthropic support for mental health.

The moral rationale is without question. Every fifth person you see today is, or at some point will be, affected by a mental health issue. This is a pervasive problem compounded by the fact that mental health issues have the ability to cripple not only those affected, but their friends, family and loved ones as well; serving to fragment our communities.

The Mental Health Foundation has a better future in mind.

Our vision is to be a catalyst that inspires and promotes positive change in the area of addiction and mental health. Founded in 1998, our role as the official fundraising arm for addiction and mental health in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region presents unique opportunities and challenges. We have the ability to focus on making transformative change in the mental health care system, but we cannot do it alone.

Our scope of work is vast. Through philanthropy and community support, we aspire to be the catalyst that affects positive change — your support is critical in making this happen.