Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Peter Silverstone

February 14, 2018

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.

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Speaker Spotlight: Nakita

February 14, 2018

 

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.”

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10 Ways to Get Talking About Mental Health

February 7, 2018

It’s one week on from Bell Let’s Talk. Are you still talking? If you don’t know how to start, we’ve got you covered.

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.

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Hockey Helps Kids Video Kickoff on January 31st!

January 29, 2018

D.S. MacKenzie Junior High has teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation and Oilers forward (#29) Leon Draisaitl for Hockey Helps Kids 2018, and is getting ready to kickoff this year’s Charity Cup Challenge on Wednesday at Rogers Place as members of #TeamDrai.

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Post-Holiday Cheer

January 4, 2018

Back at work this week, I’ll admit I had a small case of the post-holiday blues. So in an effort to stave off the back-to-work doldrums, I have been spending time reflecting and practicing gratitude for the many holiday celebrations made possible this year thanks to community’s support.

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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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