Alcohol and substance abuse negatively impact every aspect of a person’s life, including their relationships. If you suspect a friend or loved one is having an addiction problem it can be difficult to approach them about it.
However, addiction is a serious disease and early intervention offers a higher chance of successful recovery. Approaching the situation with care can encourage your loved one to take their first step towards getting help.
With just over 2 weeks to go until Richard S. Fowler Junior High School’s 2nd annual Spoke Up for Mental Health bikeathon, the students at Fowler are working hard to reach their collective goal of $50,000 raised for youth mental health. They’ve recently passed the halfway mark, with $30,865 pledged through their online campaign.
Qualico steps up to ensure Edmonton youth have access to mental health supports.
The founding couple of Qualico, Mrs. Katherine Friesen (a teacher) and her husband, Dr. David Friesen (a lawyer), set out to provide shelter for families coming back from WWII by creating affordable homes where people could put down roots and pursue their dreams.
In many ways, Qualico’s vision is the same as the Mental Health Foundation’s. We want to create a community with a solid foundation of mental health from which individuals can live a happy and fulfilling life.
It’s that time of year (even if it doesn’t always feel like it). The days are longer, the sun is peeking out more often, and there’s a sense of renewal in the air. Many people begin their annual practice of airing out their home and spring cleaning. Persian families call it “xane tekāni” or “shaking out the house,” which really captures the spirit of starting fresh.
This year’s Mental Health Foundation Breakfast marked a milestone for the Foundation: we welcomed our first sold out crowd to the Shaw Conference Centre, all gathered to celebrate and support mental health in our city.
On Wednesday, at our annual breakfast, we unveiled a new video highlighting some of the programs we’ve supported in the past year. We provided more funding this year than any year in the past, and we’re proud of what’s been accomplished as a result.
What’s the magic ingredient? Our community! Because of you, we’re making a difference for those in Edmonton who struggle with their mental health.
Mental health is central to our general health, and it is treatable. All it takes is a helping hand.
Dr. Peter Silverstone has racked up quite the resume.
In addition to being the first Scientific Director for the Strategic Clinical Network in Addiction and Mental Health at Alberta Health Services, he is currently a professor in both the Department of Business and the Department of Psychiatry and Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta.
He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and has given more than 200 presentations on mental health.
Asked to describe the importance of her role as a peer support worker at ACCESS Open Minds, Nakita Dool explains: “a clinical education can only take you so far; individuals with lived experience can relate to and support a person on a deeper level.”
Talking about mental health, with your loved ones, with your coworkers, can be a difficult conversation, but it’s one of the most important ones you’ll have all week. And it doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth. We rounded up some great advice and resources to get you started, no matter who it’s with.