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.
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.
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.
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.