To our Community,

As COVID-19 continues to impact everyone in our community in one way or another, we’re reaching out to check in and update you on the current situation at the Foundation.

Only one week ago, the Mental Health Foundation cancelled its annual fundraiser, the Mental Health Foundation Breakfast. As we mentioned at the time, the health and safety of our community and the health care workers who serve it are our utmost priority, as is true today. Protecting our community is a shared responsibility. We’re all in this together.

In addition to the postponement of our annual fundraiser, the Foundation has been in conversation with our community partners and has postponed its Spoke Up for Mental Health bikeathons in May at participating schools. We’ll continue to closely monitor the situation, and report back on the status of future community events, both on our website and through our newsletter.

At this time, we ask for your patience as our team issues tax receipts and fulfils its duties to our donors. We are not currently accepting visits from donors and members of the community in our offices. You can continue to reach our team through email, where we’ll be happy to respond as quickly as we’re able.

My personal phone number, 780-916-9717, is also available to you at this time. If you have any concerns or questions I’m more than happy to hear from you.

While the Alberta government has been closely monitoring and responding to the current situation, the idea of an outbreak in our community can still be very stressful.

Please remember to consult reliable sources of information. The most current information for our area can be found on the Government of Alberta website here. More info and a link to the online COVID-19 screening tool can be found here.

If you find yourself struggling, remember you’re not alone. Check out resources available through Alberta Health Services here.

We remain committed to supporting our community and its mental health during this uncertain time. We are currently looking at novel ways to try and help those experiencing particularly acute stress, anxiety, and/or depression during this time and will keep you updated on any developments.

Remember that while many of us are physically isolating, we can still be social. Reach out to your loved ones and community. Take a walk in the wide outdoors. Give yourself permission to only be as productive as you’re capable right now.

Take care of yourselves and others.

Sincerely,


Mark Korthuis
President & CEO
Mental Health Foundation