The Mental Health Foundation supports programs that are evidence-based and action-oriented with the goal of positively impacting the lives of those suffering from mental health issues.
The ACCESS Open Minds network is a pan-Canadian initiative to show how youth mental health services can be transformed, improving access to appropriate mental health & addiction services for youth aged 11-25 years. It is a joint venture of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. The Foundation is committed to addressing gaps in programming and providing funding to complement existing services.
During the 2015/16 and 2016/17 period the Mental Health Foundation invested $120,000 in a two-year pilot project, the Youth Recovery Program, at Recovery Acres. Recovery Acres provides transitional housing as an opportunity for men to develop a productive and sustainable lifestyle, free from addiction. Over the course of the two-year pilot 62 youth accessed the program and participated in a six month residential treatment program, learning Life Skills, Addiction Awareness, and Relapse Prevention, with the goal of graduating youth back into the community to live fulfilling, prosocial lives with balance and dignity.
With an investment of $500,000 over the next five years, the Mental Health Foundation has invested in a program called All In For Youth. The investment is part of our strategy to support prevention and early interventions for children and youth.
In order to improve access to an approved and evidence informed treatment option for adults with treatment resistant depression, the Foundation has committed to providing the funds necessary to purchase 4 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation devices for primary care centres in the Edmonton region. Repetitive Transcranial Stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive procedure in which cerebral electrical activity is influenced by a rapidly changing magnetic field.
The Incredible Years is a popular evidence based parent training program that strengthens parenting competencies. Incredible Years is offered through Addiction and Mental Health Services, and the Mental Health Foundation has just signed on to fund it for the next five years.
Young Adult Services was created in late 2014 as a starting point for a comprehensive and coordinated continuum of young adult services in Edmonton.Young Adult Services offers the Young Adult Treatment (YAT) Program, which provides addiction counselling services to youth between 18 and 24 years old. As one of its components, youth are taught recreation and leisure skills. This past year, Youth Day Camps were offered as part of the training.