ACCESS Open Minds, a new clinic for children and young adults with mental health and addictions issues, held its official launch in Edmonton today. Staff and advocates for local youth mental health-oriented services gathered to champion the new initiative, and to celebrate programming that will provide youth the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
This year, the World Health Organization has chosen depression as its cause for focus. In coordination with its campaign, WHO has released some startling statistics.
By Frank P. MacMaster, PhD
Imagine being consumed by an overwhelming feeling of sadness. Imagine losing interest in activities you used to really enjoy, feeling as if life is not worth living. This is clinical depression.
Depression can rob a person of their joy, vitality, friends, family, their work, and even their very life. A lot of people identify with depression because they have been sad over a loss. Depression is associated with sadness, but represents something more.
On June 17th, Scott Campbell is heading to Whistler, B.C. to take part in Canada’s Toughest Mudder, and on his way he’s determined to make an impact. From now until he hits the course, Scott is dedicating his fitness journey to the Mental Health Foundation; all proceeds raised from his efforts will be contributing to the Foundation’s purchase of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) equipment for the Edmonton area. He aims to raise $5,000.
The University of Alberta’s Varsity teams will be putting their endurance to the test this coming Saturday, April 1st at their second annual bike-a-thon, gearing up to address mental health at the University and to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation. Members of the Golden Bears and Pandas teams will be participating in the 24 hour event at the High Performance Training and Research Centre inside the Saville Community Sports Centre.
Over 600 guests rose bright and early to attend our annual Mental Health Breakfast on March 1. This year’s event highlighted a gap in current options for people in Edmonton and wider Alberta that battle clinical depression and are resistant to treatment. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Frank MacMaster, and patient advocate Tim Hay spoke to guests about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive, research-supported technology that can bring relief to those suffering from mental illness. The two men made a compelling case for remedying the current absence nearby of the equipment required for this treatment. An incredible $275,000 was raised at the breakfast for the purchase of TMS equipment in Edmonton.