Announcing Access 24/7: A New Front Door to Care in Edmonton

October 4, 2018

We’ve heard your stories and share your frustrations with the current addiction and mental health system. We are excited to announce, in partnership with the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, a new groundbreaking service coming soon to Edmonton, with the help of passionate donor support.

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Changing Minds: Our 2017-2018 Annual Report

September 10, 2018

We’re excited to present Changing Minds, our 2017-2018 Annual Report to the community.

This past year has been filled with innovation, collaboration, and,—above all—hope. Each act of generosity has had a ripple effect in the community, creating stronger addiction and mental health supports for the ones we love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The success of programs you helped support demonstrates what we can accomplish when we dream bigger. Together we’re making a difference.

Tomorrow’s addiction and mental health system is barrier-free, integrated, and easy to navigate. Thanks to you, we’re one step closer.

Click here to enjoy the stories inside celebrating your impact.

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Jumping Over the Bush

August 30, 2018

Inspired by her experience supporting her son through borderline personality disorder, Cindy Gerdes is redefining the family’s role in mental health care.

Featured in the Embracing Recovery section of the MHF 2017-2018 Annual Report.

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The Possibility of Being Green

August 30, 2018

Sharing the language of recovery with families, Skye Barbic breathes new life into how we explain mental illness to ourselves and the world around us.

Featured in the Embracing Recovery section of the MHF 2017-2018 Annual Report.

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Speaking Up for Mental Health: Clint Ludtke

August 30, 2018

Featured in the ‘Support from our Community’ section of the MHF 2017-2018 Annual Report.

The first thing you notice about Clint Ludtke is his big, bushy beard. In a school full of fresh-faced junior high students, it stands out. Sometimes people stop to comment.

But it’s all for a good cause.

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Sparking a Change

August 29, 2018

Featured in the “Thinking Bigger” section of the MHF 2017-2018 Annual Report.

While brain stimulation is no longer an emerging technology–it was first introduced as a neurophysiological technique in 1985–when Dr. Doug Urness first began offering it in Alberta in 2003, it had only just been recognized as a medical device by Health Canada

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6 Steps for Helping a Loved One Towards Recovery

June 28, 2018

Guest Post by Bethany Hatton

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.

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Spoke Up 2018

April 18, 2018

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.

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Building a Better Future

April 6, 2018

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.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Mental Health

April 3, 2018

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.

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