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Children's Mental Health Week

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It’s Children’s Mental Health Week, and that gives us a chance to think about our role in preparing and supporting the young leaders who are coming of age in this complicated time.

One in four of us will have our lives touched by mental health issues. That number might be alarming, but I actually think there’s reason for hope. Our society has evolved in the way we’re talking about mental health, towards reducing stigma, improving treatment, and embracing tolerance and understanding for the individuals and families affected. If we’re going to be an inclusive place that provides an opportunity for everyone, a place that prioritizes empathy and compassion, we have to continue on that path and adjust our systems accordingly.

That’s why The City of Calgary has launched Change Can’t Wait! In collaboration with the Community Action on Mental Health and Addictions leaders, we are looking to all of you in the community to come forward with your ideas on how we can improve system access and navigation. We have incredible care and supports already in place, but many people in our city are struggling to find their way to that support or between systems.

If you have a concept that you can implement and test, we have made $1 million in funding available to make it happen. Follow the link below to learn more and to send in your application.

We are going to move quickly on this issue, because Change Can’t Wait!

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