As a precautionary health measure, the 2020 Mental Health Foundation Breakfast, scheduled for March 11, 2020, has been postponed until further notice.
The 2020 Mental Health Foundation (MHF) Fundraising Breakfast scheduled for March 11 has been postponed until further notice. The decision was made due to concerns following the announcement of Alberta’s first presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19, and in accordance with health guidance from Alberta Health Services.
Although the risk to Albertans, and community members, remains low, the decision was ultimately made out of an abundance of caution.
“Our board and team felt this decision to be prudent given current circumstances,” says Mark Korthius, President & CEO Mental Health Foundation. “While there is no reason for alarm, so many in our audience support and work with vulnerable members of our community. We believe cancelling the event is the responsible action to take and absolutely the right thing to do.”
“As this is our annual fundraiser, we hope our donors, sponsors and supporters understand and appreciate the thought that went into this difficult decision. We will be considering next steps in terms of the event and our fundraising efforts.”
While the decision to postpone the event was independently made, it was endorsed by Alberta Health Services.
The Mental Health Foundation raises funds and mobilizes resources to improve outcomes within Alberta’s addiction and mental health system. Community support enables the Foundation to support individuals at every age and stage of life, funding programs for youth and families, innovative technologies, research, and care for individuals with severe mental illness.
Wednesday’s breakfast would have marked the 11th year of the event, sold out for the third year in a row with approximately 900 community members set to attend. The annual event aims to connect, educate, and activate the attention, time and resources of the Edmonton community to the imperative of mental health. The impacts of previous breakfasts include the implementation of a new brain stimulation program for depression, treating 200 treatment-resistant individuals in just its first year. Additional impacts of community support are demonstrated in the video below.
This year, the Foundation‘s breakfast aimed to raise much needed funding for Integrated Youth Services (IYS), which seek to provide easy access to a variety of age-appropriate services for youth under one roof. More information about IYS can be found at www.youthopendoors.com.
We are grateful for the loyal support of our donors and highly value their ongoing contributions.The Foundation is assessing the financial implications of this cancellation internally, but now more than ever we need your support as we endeavor to help provide the best addiction and mental health care possible to the community. For those who would still like to support our fundraising efforts, you can still donate online here.
Stay tuned for updates. Any questions about the postponement can be directed to Amber at 780-342-7718.