Access to mental health care is consistently the number one concern for individuals living with mental illness in the community. Despite a vast array of quality programs and services, people struggle to find and engage the care they need to get well.
The first door, entered by someone looking for physical health care, leads to a doctor familiar with diagnosis and treatment, as well as the pathway to more specialized care. The road forward is clear.
The second, leading to mental health care, is for many Albertans seemingly closed. This happens for many reasons: lack of mental health literacy, stigma, and unclear pathways to resources prevents many individuals needing support from reaching out for help.The path forward to recovery often feels uncertain.
That’s why it is ever important that we have the support of individuals like you so we can simplify and improve access to vital mental health services. You helped us raise an incredible $1,616,947 this year, all earmarked for projects that greatly improve access to mental health care. Together, we’re rewriting the mental health script by opening the door to appropriate, barrier-free, integrated care.
There is so much to celebrate this year. But above all, your support has opened the door for individuals with mental illness to hope.
Thank you, from all of us at the Mental Health Foundation.
It’s a genuine example of how community can impact change for good. This past year, thanks to many individual donations, and a $122,000 grant from the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund, we finally opened the doors to not one, but two clinic spaces offering brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression.
From one person speaking up at our 2017 Mental Health Foundation Breakfast, to hundreds of people answering his call and donating, individuals with treatment resistant depression now have a new opportunity to get well. For those whose path to recovery felt hopeless, it’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses magnets to stimulate targeted areas of the brain, regulating emotion. Brain stimulation is painless, non-invasive and virtually free of side effects.Watch Video
5 machines now in operation in Edmonton
55 Patients have received rTMS treatments since November 1st, 2018
rTMs Clinic in Downtown Edmonton began treating first cohort of 18 on Sept 9, 2019
Over half of people receiving rTMs have experienced a significant response (symptoms reduced by half).
An additional ¼ of individuals are anticipated to have their symptoms reduced by 30%
The transformation to happy and hopeful is astonishing after just a short time receiving rTMS at the Day Hospital. I have to wonder how different my life might have been if these resources had been available when I was younger. I thank you for giving generously to the future mental health of so many.”
Sharon, rTMS patient
Donor support helped open the doors to the first Day Hospital in the Edmonton Zone this year, providing an alternative to hospitalization for individuals with severe mental illness. Hospital stays can leave patients feeling frustrated and isolated from their communities. Your support means that patients can now benefit from a therapeutic setting during the day, while returning home to their family, friends, and community at night.
Len lived with bipolar disorder for 30 years, but spent most of it maintaining the appearance of success. Beneath the surface, he was flailing. Thanks to his time at the Day Hospital, Len learned the skills he needed to truly manage his illness, and begin living his life.
Day Hospital provides patients with acute in-patient care without hospitalization
New option for psychiatric care now available at Alberta Hospital
Finding another way: Day Hospital helps those suffering with mental illness
Research says that Acute Day Hospitals provide a feasible alternative for
18.4% to 39.1% of acute inpatients
106 individuals transitioned out of an inpatient unit through the Day Hospital, shortening the length of their hospital stay and opening up beds.
Attendance can be 3 to 5 days per week,
with participation for a half or full day, with patients going home at 7 PM.
53% of patients indicated Group Therapy as the most helpful service they received at Day Hospital
Day Hospital provides a cost-effective alternative to inpatient care for acutely ill patients.
109 individuals were referred to Day Hospital from emergency rooms, easing the challenge of finding them a bed, and allowing them to stay in the community.
Daily interaction with the outside world provides patients with good opportunities
to develop skills and maintain a family support system.
Another highly anticipated door opened this Spring: Addiction and Mental Health Access 24/7, a new front door for adults to access mental health services around the clock every day of the week. You may know it best from our #onedooryeg campiagn in partnership with the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. The new centre represents a shift in how care is offered rather than just adding to what is offered. There is a roadmap to recovery for everyone, and in Edmonton that road now starts here
Over the last four years, Connie supported her son as he managed periods of severe mental illness. When she discovered Access 24/7, she felt she finally found a place that could put him on the road to recovery.
Centralized 24-7 site for mental health services opens at Royal Alex
24-7 access to mental health supports and services
‘One door will access help’, new mental health centre open in Edmonton
293 walked in outside traditional clinic hours
Average wait time:
55% of those walking
18,548 phone calls
in first 3 months
Donors to the Foundation ensure that the best solutions are available to improve mental health. Individuals who desire to make a difference for children and youth will soon have the opportunity to contribute to an initiative that will better serve the thousands of youth who require addiction and mental health services–many of whom do not know where to go for help.
Adolescence and young adulthood is a vulnerable time for the development of mental health disorders. So many youth and families struggle needlessly to find care. Integrated youth services are the solution. No doubt. No stigma. Just help when youth need it. Through support of the Foundation’s initiative, you can ensure that youth in the province receive evidence-based care, in the right place by the right provider.
For families like the Bowie’s, finding the right mental health care is much harder than it should be. Cameron and Janice Bowie’s daughter Gabby spent 5 years waiting to get connected to services that would help her, while her parents desperately tried to manage her condition.
That's why building youth hubs matter.
Transformation requires collaboration. The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation has committed $5 million dollars to pave the way for the expansion of youth hubs in Alberta.
experience barriers to youth mental health support.
of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
of Canadians won’t seek the help they need.
Goal: Creation of provincial network of Integrated Youth Services, partnership with provincial government, and opening of 3-5 flagship hubs over next 3 years
In 2018-19: SCHF pledged $5 million to help the Mental Health Foundation expand IYS in Alberta
Thanks to the passionate support of our donors and sponsors, we dispersed $805,000 to community addiction and mental health programs this year.
Frank J. Flaman Foundation
Alberta Health Services
Eldon and Anne Foote Fund
Stollery Charitable Foundation
J. Hokanson Family Charitable Foundation
Flaman Group of Companies
Gift Funds Canada
Community Initiatives Program
Asian Christian Cultural Association of Alberta
TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
Leder Charitable Foundation
The John & Dianne Storey Family Foundation
PCL Construction Management Inc.
John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation
Rolling Mix Group of Companies
Alberta Blue Cross
Ernst & Young LLP
Felesky Flynn LLP
Dr. Adam Abba-Aji
Midnight Integrated Financial
1425280 Alberta Ltd.
Select Engineering Consultants Ltd.
Mary Pat Barry
Edmonton Community Foundation
Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
McCoy Family Charity
Abbey Lane Inc.
Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers
Maclab Properties Group
DLA Piper Canada LLP
Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance
Curtis Stensrud Memorial Tournament
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
San Rufo Homes Ltd.
Nikan Medical Consultation Inc.
Margot Ross Graham
Mohammad Y. Yahyaei Moayyed
Henry Van Weelden
Wesmech Sales (Prairies) Ltd
H. H. Smith Ltd.
United Nurses of Alberta Local 183
The Wig Boutique
Candice De Luca
Maria Da Silva
Clear Directional Drilling Solutions Ltd.
The Finishing Touch
Unifor Local 72A
Mary Jane James
David St. Cyr
Serge St. Onge
Villa Marguerite Holdings Ltd. Pat Chaloner
Beverly K. McLeod
Household Helpers Ltd.
Mary Butterworth School
Kimberly du Plessis
Pat de Grace
Anna Maria Cuglietta
Henry Van Schellen
The Mental Health Foundation raises funds and mobilizes resources to create a barrier-free, easy-to-navigate, and fully integrated addiction and mental health system.
$804,984 disbursed to addiction and mental health programs
Mary Pat Barry Board Chair
Mike Saunders Vice-Chair
Josh Benko Treasurer
Ben Horcica (Past Chair)
Education and Awareness
|Donations and Fundraising||$ 1,506,419||$ 941,442|
|Alberta Health Services funding||54,000||48,000|
|Direct Funding Expenditures||148,600||166,123|
|Excess of Revenue Over Expenses Before Other
|Other Income (Disbursements)|
|Realized gain on marketable securities||37,606||35,682|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities||27,398||(35,266)|
|Excess (Deficiency) of Revenue Over Expenses||$ 421,321||$ (137,893)|