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I have some good news to share about the work being done on our first community-wide mental health and addictions strategy. We’re seeing some great early successes. We're working with community partners who are focused on designing programs to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction issues.
Today we heard that Calgary Transit has seen a decrease in the number of customer-reported incidents and safety concerns—particularly a decrease in social disorder reports.
Since we granted funding to Calgary Alpha House to continue operating the Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership (DOAP) team with Calgary Transit, they have provided assistance on 569 occasions between September 2018 and February 2019. They’re out there helping vulnerable people connect to medical aid, housing support and addiction services.
This is important work. We know that to truly address mental health we need to collaborate with our partners on the immediate funding needed and on the medium- and long-term solutions. It is going to take a huge collective effort to address the root causes of what we’re seeing with social disorder – addictions and mental health being at the core.
I am so proud we are supporting community partners in their good work designing programs to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction issues. You can learn more about them here: Calgary.ca/communityaction
Thank you everyone for your hard work!

Categories: Calgary Transit; Stronger communities

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