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Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Funding Allocations

Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction funding enhances support for existing evidence-based mental health and addiction programs, services, and innovative ideas that bring change at the individual, family, community, policy, or system levels.

The funding process is implemented through three streams, each with its own eligibility criteria. 

Programs and Services: enhancements to existing evidence-based community programs and services that respond to the mental health and addictions related issues affecting Calgarians. 

Connect the Dots! – Programs and Services (2022 – 2023)

Organization Project name and description Funding amount
Alberta Caregivers Association

Living Loss and Grief - A Journey to Awareness and Acceptance: To support caregivers to cope with loneliness, isolation, and burnout.

$117,000

Alexandra Community Health Centre

Youth Mental Health and Addiction Integration: To provide individual and group mental health therapy within an Integrated Youth Service model to highly vulnerable youth aged 16-24.

$342,000

Antyx Community Arts Society

Natural Support Through Youth Community Art: To provide natural support programing through art/ hip hop projects that inspires youth to identify mental health supports in their community.

$94,000
Autism Calgary

Telling Their Stories: Pandemic Mental Health recovery and Prevention for individuals and families living with ASD: To bridge the gap between peer support & professional counselling by providing supportive "Talk Support" and "Peer Mentorship" sessions to facilitate mental health for adults with Autism.

$80,002

Big Brothers Big Sisters Society of Calgary and Area

Mental Health and Mentoring - Serving our Diverse Community: To build the capacity of staff, mentors and families in mental health resiliency to support children and youth from diverse communities, specifically racialized, Indigenous and sexually and gender diverse.

$93,897

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Centre for Refugee Resilience - Family Focused Therapy: To provide culturally sensitive therapeutic counseling, support services and holistic referrals to newcomer children, youth, and adults who have experienced trauma.

$299,435

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Supports for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health and Addictions Issues: To strengthen supports for immigrants dealing with mental health and addictions issues through increased customized culturally sensitive counselling and mental health awareness campaigns.

$124,940

Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region

Increasing Social Connections: To utilize Peer Support as an engagement and support mechanism for the delivery of Recovery-oriented mental health education (‘Recovery College’) to individuals and families in need.

$250,000

Centre for Sexuality Society

2S/LGBTQ+ Counselling and Support: To support 2S/LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing and enhance individual and community inclusion and resiliency.

$85,000

Enviros Wilderness School Association

Respite Care Connection: To provide wellness and relief for parents caring for children with mental health and social challenges, while at the same time building social skills and friendships for the children.

$150,000

Hull Services

Bridging The Gap: to provide support, education, and systems navigation to 16-24 year-olds who struggle with mental health concerns (self-identified or diagnosed).

$211,975 

McMann Youth, Family and Community Services Association

Journey's - Addiction Support for Women: to provide services aimed at reducing risk factors and facilitating successful transitions through recovery by delivering intentional pre/post treatment and wraparound supports.

$285,218 

Punjabi Community Health Services Calgary Society

Mental Health and Addiction Prevention Outreach Program: To provide community awareness, education and information to the South Asian community surrounding mental health, addiction and counselling services.

$102,000

Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

Peer Support Group & Individual Support Program: To provide group and individual support to vulnerable Calgarians impacted by domestic violence.

$46,205

Societe de la petite enfance et de la famille du sud de l'Alberta

Supporting Mental Health: to provide programs and workshops designed to provide a holistic approach to support Francophone families with their mental health and well-being. 

$52,000 

The Canlearn Society for Persons with Learning Difficulties

Multi-Level Social-Emotional Supporty: To provide a multi- tiered support program that improves clients' ability to cope with stress and connects them to natural supports and resources within their community.

$190,000

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)

Healthy Minds: Multi-Cultural Mental Health & Wellness Support: To provide multi-cultural mental health intervention that meets the psychological needs of newcomers and other vulnerable Calgarians through strategies that address service gaps and barriers.

$200,000

Wood's Homes

Inglewood Opportunity Hub Addictions Specialist (Formerly Exit Youth Hub and Outreach Addictions Specialist): to provide one to one harm reduction support to individuals experiencing addictions concerns between the ages of 15-29. The specialist also facilitates psycho-social groups.

$189,960 
Getting Help: What you need, when, where and how you need it
Organization Project name and description Funding amount

Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society

Mental Health & Addictions Systems Navigation Support Program: To improve access to substance use disorder and mental health treatments for clients of the  of Health Service program.

$110,066

Calgary Public Library Foundation

Wellness Desk: To deliver mental health support via onsite social workers and service providers for vulnerable Calgarians confronting mental health and addictions challenges.

$130,000

Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter Association

Strengthening Existing Crisis Support: To increase capacity of the Community Services Counselling Program to provide gender inclusive, response based and client-centered safety planning, case planning, wrap-around support, counselling, and navigation of community resources.

$144,625

CUPS Calgary Society

Mental Health Support Groups: To provide grief & loss and Opioid Agonist Treatment-themed support groups for low- income and unstably housed Calgarians

$50,600

Jewish Family Service (Calgary)

Coordinated Older Adult Mental Health Response: To provide targeted wrap around support to address mental health, addictions, social impacts and physical health of older adults.

$200,000

Miskanawah Community Services Association

Miskanawah Healing Lodge: To provide comprehensive mental health supports and services through a holistic, Indigenous lens for Indigenous peoples living in the city of Calgary.

$300,000

Northeast Addiction and Mental Health Centre for Holistic Recovery

Intensive Family Support Program: To implement a virtual Intensive Family Support Program (IFSP) to improve health outcomes for both mental health and addiction patients and their families.

$90,200

Pregnancy, Infant & Child Loss Support Centre

Journey through Grief: To provide mental health and grief recovery support to individuals experiencing long term trauma caused by miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.

$150,000

RESET Society of Calgary

EXploitation Intervention & Transition (EXIT) Program: To provide immediate rapid-exit programming including housing, intensive case management, and comprehensive wrap-around support to women and girls 16+ exiting sexual exploitation.

$131,290

Skipping Stone

Mental Health and Peer Support: To deliver mental health and peer support programs that support trans and gender diverse individuals and their families.

$200,000

The Catholic Family Service of Calgary

Community Connect YYC Phase 3: To make access to affordable, timely mental health supports easier than ever at CommunityConnectYYC.ca, where clients can book a variety of counselling services 24/7 for diverse needs.

$204,132

Trellis Society for Community Impact

Youth and Family Therapist: To provide therapeutic supports for families to increase mental wellness and adaptive skills and create environments for optimal individual and family development.

$122,000

Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research

Vecova's Pan-Disability Mental Health Supports: To increase help for persons with disabilities in Calgary experiencing worsening mental health and difficulty accessing the services they need.

$87,500

Connect the Dots! – Programs and Services (2024-2025)

Organization Project Name and Description Annual Allocation
Autism Calgary Association

Telling Their Stories: Mental Health Recovery and Prevention for individuals and families living with ASD: To bridge the gap between peer support & professional counselling by providing supportive "Talk Support" and "Peer Mentorship" sessions to facilitate mental health for adults with Autism.

$80,002
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Family Focused Therapy Program: To provide culturally sensitive therapeutic counselling, support services and holistic referrals to newcomer children, youth, and adults who have experienced trauma.

$330,000
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Supports for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health and Addiction Issues: A Culturally Sensitive Approach: To strengthen supports for immigrants dealing with mental health and addictions issues through increased customized culturally sensitive counselling and mental health awareness campaigns.

$124,540
Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region

Recovery College Enhancement: To utilize Peer Support as an engagement and support mechanism for the delivery of Recovery- oriented mental health education (‘Recovery College’) to individuals and families in need.

$250,000
Centre for Mental Health Equity (CMHE)

Community Helpers Program for Immigrants’ Resilience: To build community capacity and train “community helpers” within the Farsi-speaking communities who can support the resilience of other Calgarians in distress.

$146,500
Centre for Sexuality Society

2SLGBTQ+ Counselling and Natural Supports Program: To support 2S/LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing and enhance individual and community inclusion and resiliency.

$85,000
Circle of Wisdom Elder Senior Society

Keeping the Circle Strong: To support Calgary and area Indigenous Elders & seniors with traditional teachings and ceremonies, language advocacy, basic need referrals, interpersonal relationships, and kinship development to decrease isolation, encourage community engagement, and adopt positive change for the well- being of the family circle.

$241,400
Fear Is Not Love Society

Enhancing Counselling Services for Individuals Experiencing and Perpetrating Domestic Violence and Abuse: To serve victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse through Men's Counselling Service and Community Services Counselling Program.

$144,625
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association

Journey's - Addiction Support for Women: To provide services aimed at reducing risk factors and facilitating successful transitions through recovery by delivering intentional pre/post treatment and wraparound supports.

$285,218
MPC Foundation

Enhanced From Night to Light Program: To empower seniors and older adults with knowledge, skills, tools, and resources that promote strong mental health and resiliency.

$48,752
Northeast Addiction and Mental Health Centre for Holistic Recovery

IFSP Enhancement - Scaling Peer Support and Evaluation: To implement a virtual Intensive Family Support Program (IFSP) to improve health outcomes for both mental health and addiction patients and their families.

$122,200
The Canlearn Society for Persons with Learning Difficulties

Enhanced Multi-Level Social-Emotional Support for Our Community: To provide a multi-tiered support program that improves clients' ability to cope with stress and connects them to natural supports and resources within their community.

$210,000
The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)

TIES Healthy Minds: Multi-Cultural Mental Health & Wellness Support: To provide multi-cultural mental health intervention that meets the psychological needs of newcomers and other vulnerable Calgarians through strategies that address service gaps and barriers.

$200,000
The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)

Tackling Newcomer Mental Health Needs by Linking All Cultures Equitably (LACE 3): To address persistent issues that impede newcomers from addressing their mental health and wellness needs by improving access to mental health resources, addressing service gaps, targeting high priority needs and creating systems change.

$218,326
Alexandra Community Health Centre

Youth Mental Health & Addiction Support Through Integrated and Enhanced Service Delivery: To provide individual and group mental health therapy within an Integrated Youth Services model to highly vulnerable youth aged 16-24.

$356,165
Calgary Public Library Foundation

Wellness Desk: To deliver mental health support via onsite social workers and service providers for vulnerable Calgarians confronting mental health and addictions challenges.

$150,000
Hull Services

Bridging the Gap: To provide support, education, and systems navigation to 16-24 year-olds who struggle with mental health concerns (self-identified or diagnosed).

$211,975
Hull Services

Mental Health and Addiction Systems Navigator: To help parents and caregivers of children and youth who are struggling with mental health and addictions concerns more effectively navigate the resources and supports available to them in their community.

$115,805
Inn From the Cold Society

Mental Health Clinician: To enhance and expand health and wellness services for families experiencing homelessness through the provision of mental health support and recovery.

$118,600
Jewish Family Service (Calgary)

Coordinated Older Adult Mental Health and Addictions Response: To provide targeted wrap around support to address mental health, addictions, social impacts and physical health of older adults.

$220,000
Kindred Connections Society

Community Connect YYC- Enhancing Our Approach: To make access to timely, affordable mental health supports easy for Calgarians by providing a wide variety of affordable counselling services available via an easy-to-navigate website platform and empowering clients to choose the service that is right for them.

$250,000
Miskanawah Community Services Association

Nanatawiho Kamik (Cree for 'Healing Lodge'): To provide comprehensive mental health supports and services through a holistic, Indigenous lens for Indigenous peoples living in the city of Calgary.

$300,000
Pregnancy, Infant & Child Loss Support Centre

Journey through Grief: To provide mental health and grief recovery support to individuals experiencing long term trauma caused by miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.

$150,000
RESET Society of Calgary

EXploitation Intervention & Transition (EXIT) Program: To provide immediate rapid-exit programming including housing, intensive case management, and comprehensive wrap-around support to women and girls 16+ exiting sexual exploitation.

$131,290
Skipping Stone Scholarship Foundation

Mental Health and Peer Support: To deliver mental health and peer support programs that support trans and gender diverse individuals and their families.

$205,000
Trellis Society for Community Impact

Harm Reduction family Therapist: To provide therapeutic supports for families to increase mental wellness and adaptive skills and create environments for optimal individual and family development.

$114,600
Wood's Homes

Inglewood Opportunity Hub Recovery Team: To provide one to one harm reduction support to individuals experiencing addictions concerns between the ages of 15-29. The specialist also facilitates psycho-social groups.

$189,960

Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction - Programs and Services (2019 – 2021)

Organization Project name and description Funding amount
Calgary Alpha House Society DOAP 2.0: Building relationships with downtown businesses on Stephen Avenue and in East Village, as well as coordinating access to medical, shelter, housing and addiction programs $274,324 
Organization Project name and description 2021 funding amount
Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary First Contacts: Indigenous Outreach Program at the Iitaohkanitsini'kotsiio'p Hub: Providing assistance to Indigenous people experiencing opioid and substance abuse crises via Indigenous Hub at SORCe $200,000 
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association Journeys - Addiction Supports for Women: Providing integrated supports to pregnant or parenting women with addictions to reduce risk factors $308,926 
RESET Society of Calgary Exploitation Intervention & Transition (EXIT) Program: Facilitating and supporting safe exit from sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking for women and their children $131,290 
Organization Project name and description 2021 funding amount
Alexandra Community Health Centre Youth Mental Health and Addictions Integration: Providing an integrated support to youth aged 12 to 24 years to prevent serious mental health and addictions issues and concurrent problems in adulthood $342,000 
Autism Calgary Association Telling Their Stories: Strengthening Mental Health for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through one-on-one Adult Talk Support and virtual social networks $80,002
Big Brothers Big Sisters Society of Calgary and Area Mentoring for Mental Health: Increasing resilience of children and youth at risk of, or who are currently experiencing poor mental health $88,095
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society Centre for Refugee Resilience Family Therapy: Providing couselling and case management for refugee families through a client-centred and culturally -responsive approach $170,975
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association Supports for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health and Addiction Issues: Promoting help-seeking behaviour among immigrant women and their families, and connecting them to community resources $114,289
Centre for Sexuality Society LGBTQ Counselling and Support: Addressing the immediate and longer term challenges faced by LGBTQ community members through counselling and natural support development $85,000
Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region Increasing Social Connections: Providing an integrated mental health and substance use supports that strengthen community-based mental health solutions and empower individuals and families $250,000
Carya Society of Calgary Act Out: Providing early intervention, skill-development program for grade 8 students and bridging them to Carya's continuum of support for youth and families $49,722
Closer to Home Community Services Society Community Connections - Mental Health and Well-being: Increasing knowledge of resources, social-emotional coping skills and social supports that mitigate mental health through the Teaching Family Model and parent support groups $191,837
Distress Centre Calgary Enhancing Online Crisis Support: Providing accessible, no-cost crisis intervention services that empower community members to make independent choices that enhance their quality of life $121,000
Hull Services Bridging the Gap: Providing services to young adults who are experiencing mental health concerns, issues with well-being, and barriers to service to help them access services, learn new skills and strengthen their support network $211,975
Punjabi Community Health Services Calgary Society Mental Health and Addiction Prevention Outreach for South Asian Community: Increasing awareness around mental health conditions, symptoms, coping strategies, and resources $100,000
Society de la petite enfance et de la famille du sud de l'Alberta  Supporting Mental Health in French: Supporting Francophone families through workshops and activities to promote awareness of mental health issues $46,200
Wood's Homes Exit Youth Hub and Outreach Addictions Specialist: Providing immediate on-site intervention, community prevention and diversion addictions support to vulnerable and at risk youth $103,606

Fast Pilot Initiatives: innovative ideas that bring change at the individual, family, community and policy or system levels funded in partnership with the Community Investment Table.

2023 Change Can't Wait! – Pilot Projects

Organization Collaborative Partners Project name and description 2023 funding amount
Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
  • United Way of Calgary and Area
  • Alberta Health Services
  • The Elders Knowledge Circle
  • Calgary Foundation
  • The Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness
  • Elizabeth Fry Society

Kitsii Gome Traditional Wellness / Healing Pilot Project: To offer holistic and traditional approaches to health and wellness paralleling western health and wellness approaches typically offered to the Indigenous population.

$109,760
Action Dignity Society
  • FOCUS on Seniors
  • Women of Vision Society
  • Haiti Alberta Sports and Cultural Club
  • Youth Empowerment and Skills (YES)
  • Centre Nepalese Community Society of Calgary
  • MissionsPH
  • The Immigrant Education Society
  • Calgary Immigrant Education Society

Weave: Community Innovation: To enhance sector collaboration among ethnocultural communities and immigrant serving organizations by strengthening linkages, to maximize combined potential to drive collective impact and foster change in the mental health system of care.

$175,000
ANSWERS
  • Sagesse
  • Street Cats Harm Reduction Society

Sex Workers Effective & Efficient Together: To collaboratively identify gaps in service options and address the distinct barriers experienced by sex workers in Calgary in accessing services for mental health and social wellbeing.

$243,365
Calgary Silver Linings Foundation
  • Lionheart Foundation

Advanced Eating Disorder Community Training Program: To create an interactive web based advanced eating disorder training program for multidisciplinary primary care and community providers in the Calgary area.

$123,500
Carya Society of Calgary
  • Families Matter

Positive Fathering and Mental Health Integration: To offer mental health therapies to and support substance abuse treatment as required by fathers identified through Families Matters programs and complete a quasi-experimental evaluation to identify the extent to which improved paternal mental health and/or substance abuse management affect the risk of child maltreatment, fathers’ child custody and access arrangements, and family court involvement.

$293,815
Converge Mental Health Coalition Inc.
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, University of Calgary
  • Centre for Wellbeing in Education
  • Werklund School of Education

Development of a Universal Framework for Standardized Support Services for Children and Youth: To identify the skills, knowledge and competencies required to support adolescent mental health (ages 12-18) through the education system, resulting in a preparatory standardized program for student services and improved navigation of the mental health and wellness system for students and families.

$145,331
Lionheart Foundation 
  • ActionDignity Society
  • Child and Adolescents Addictions Mental Health and Psychiatry Program
  • (CAAMHPP), Alberta Health Services

Improving Mental Health Treatment for Black and Racialized Youth: To improve clinical practices of Lionheart network therapists and those within AHS when it comes to serving the needs of Black and Racialized youth facing mental health issues.

$75,000
North of McKnight Communities Society
  • Calgary Cultural Women Association
  • Royal Women Cultural Association
  • Multicultural Senior Women Group
  • Global Pravasi Seniors Society
  • Indo-Canadian Community Association
  • North Calgary Cultural Association
  • South Asian Canadian Association
  • Monterey Punjabi Seniors Society
  • Al Hidaya Muslim Jamaat
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Group
  • Shri Ravidass Seniors Society
  • Nepalese Community Society
  • SACSS

Building Mental Health Resiliency in visible minority Seniors & Women: To address the mental health needs of visible minority seniors and women living in the North of McKnight Blvd area through socializing activities, peer support, counselling and referral services for participants, and educational training workshops and awareness events for natural supporters and the community at large.

$143,435
Recovery Acres 
  • On a Dime Transformation
  • Simon House Recovery Center

Innovative Paths to Independence: Empowering Recovery, Promoting Agency, and Revolutionizing Employment Solutions: To improve addiction recovery outcomes by empowering individuals with barriers to meaningful employment by leveraging community and employer involvement to break down stigma while promoting a more compassionate and supportive community.

$120,000
Skipping Stone Scholarship Foundation
  • Anacrusis

Trans Music and Voice: To foster resiliency through building community, connection, and confidence in trans and gender diverse children, youth and adults through various forms of musical expression.

$75,000
Innovate Calgary
  • Collectively Tangled Counselling & Consulting

The Whole Entrepreneur: Incorporating Mental Wellness into Programming for Entrepreneurs Solving Social Problems: To provide mental health support through clinical services, knowledge sharing, stigma reduction, and capacity building for social innovators as well as the social innovation support ecosystem.

$103,966
Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research
  • Kindred

Trauma Counseling Collaboration: To address the need for longer term, barrier free trauma counselling services in the Calgary Community.

$204,700

Total 2023 Change Can't Wait! Mental Health and Addiction Investment Framework Allocations

$1,812,872

2021 Change Can’t Wait! – Pilot Projects

Organization Project name and description 2021 Round 3 funding amount
Calgary Korean Women's Association

Wellness Webinar Series - Promoting A Healthy Community: To promote health and wellness as well as support the Korean community through a webinar series.

$25,000 
The Immigrant Education Society 

Linking All Cultures Equitably (LACE) to Address Mental Health Needs of Newcomers: To collaboratively address gaps in services and target unique barriers experienced by newcomers and ethno-cultural Calgarians in accessing services for mental health and addictions.

$129,800 
University of Calgary

University of Calgary Recovery Community: To promote recovery from addiction, building community, and combatting addiction stigma on campus.

$32,345
Inn From the Cold Society

Vicarious Trauma Support Pilot Project: To implement a Vicarious Trauma Support Program for front-line workers.

$6,150
Hull Services

Helping Parents Navigate Children and Youth Mental Health and Addiction Supports: To help parents of children and youth struggling with mental health and addiction effectively navigate available resources and supports within our community.

$56,155
Siksika Family Services

A Culturally Based Recovery Program for Urban Siksika Nation Members facing Mental Health and Addiction: To support Siksika Nation members residing in Calgary and dealing with mental health and addiction issues.

$120,000
ECSSEN Career School

Calgary Chinese Mental Health Outreach Campaign: To promote mental health awareness and de-stigmatize mental health topics through an outreach campaign for the Calgary Chinese Community.

$34,173
The Healing Centred Cooperative

Mental Health Needs from long COVID: To create a music-based mental health and wellbeing program to immigrants presenting at a COVID-19 followup clinic with outreach into communities dealing with unmet mental health needs.

$96,000
MPC Foundation

From Night to Light: To implement a self-care program for seniors and older adults to acquire transformative mental health strategies to mitigate Covid19 trauma.

$25,800
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Neighbourhood Walk and Talk for Immigrant Moms and Tots: To increase physical and mental wellbeing of immigrant mothers with young children through outdoor activities that foster social inlcusion.

$10,000
The Calgary Between Friends Club

G.L.O.W. (Group Learning Opportunities and Workshops): To provide inclusive personal development and wellness workshops for people with disabilities centered around Social and Emotional Development, Health and Wellness Strategies, and Community Engagement.

$10,396
Calgary Reads (An Early Literacy Initiative) Society

Promoting Family Mental Health through Little Red Reading House Visits: To incorporate mental health and wellness awareness component to family visits to  Little Red Reading House. 

$9,375

The Colour Factor Ltd.

Community Care Circle: To provide an accessible virtual space for peer connection, healing and sharing mental health and wellness tools and resources specific to the unique needs of Black, Indigenous and Racialized communities.

$30,773

Calgary Towhid Centre 

Culturally-Informed Community Helpers Program - A Change from Inside: To train and support existing “natural” helpers within the community, that help reduce mental health service disparity and bridge the informal and formal support for  Farsi-speaking communities in Calgary.

$69,000
Muslims Community Foundation of Calgary

Wellness program: To  provide culturally relevant and responsive mental health and wellness services and early intervention of those experiencing mental health issues.

$101,400
Umoja Community Mosaic

The Mental Game: To integrate mental health skills and knowledge building into a community based soccer drop-in program.

$32,900
Immigrant Outreach Society

Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Intervention (CAMHI): To provide culturally appropriate clinical mental health interventions for immigrants of East African Origin.

$87,228
Buds in Bloom/Bourgeons en Éclat

The Buds in Bloom Digital Storytelling Project: To increase wellness and community belonging of parents of children with disabilities through digital storytelling.

$28,005
ETHIOCARE

Ethiocare Youth Mental Health Worker: To provide mental health and addiction outreach services for youth and families across the East African communites in Calgary.

$45,500

Total 2021 Change Can't Wait! Allocations

$950,000

2020 Change Can’t Wait! – Pilot Projects

Organization Project Name and Description Funding Amount
Alberta Caregivers Association (Caregivers Alberta)

Specialized Caregiver Coach for Caregiver Capacity: Coaches to deliver a five week 'COMPASS for the Caregiver’ program and provide support to caregivers.

$ 33,400
Alberta Health Services - EMS Mobile Community Response Teams City Centre and Street CCRED (Community Capacity in: Education and Development)

Mobile Street Health Team: Connecting vulnerable Calgarians accessing Emergency Medical Services to social supports and community connections through health navigators.  

$55,000  
Alberta Health Services and Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary

Recovery Coaches: Providing peer support for individuals with substance use disorder to navigate community resources and receive tailored care.  

$101,900
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

Treaty 7 Elders Sharing Circles Calgary and Beyond: Program to virtually connect Elders through online sharing circles.

$ 5,000
Calgary Alpha House Society  

Shelter Diversion: Supporting individuals entering the shelter system for the first time to navigate their mental health and addiction needs and connect them with the appropriate resources.

$60,000
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society  

Language Link to Mainstream Mental Health: Providing language support for newcomers to access mainstream mental health services.

$70,000
Calgary Counselling Centre and Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary

Service Navigation for Vulnerable Calgarians: Bridging and connecting Calgarians to the best resources for their specific needs across different agencies.

$27,579
Calgary Downtown Association  

Ambassador Pilot Program - 9 Block and Stephen Avenue: Ambassadors have an essential role in promoting and supporting a safe, clean, and inclusive downtown.  

$ 45,000
Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network

Anxiety Workshops for all Calgarians: Training to deliver Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs for anxiety.

$17,850
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association  

Speak Up, Speak Out: Open Up about Mental Health: A train-the-trainer approach creates mental health ambassadors that can connect with their communities.

$ 10,000
Calgary Public Library  

The Community Wellness Desk at the Calgary Public Library: In partnership with organizations such as Wood’s Homes and the DOAP Team, the Library will deliver mental health support via onsite social workers and service providers for vulnerable Calgarians confronting mental health and addictions challenges.

$ 22,800
Calgary Reads  

Piloting the Comfort Collection Mental Health Bundle: Client families will receive a book bundle with three curated books and parent resource providing strategies to promote children’s mental wellbeing through reading, and access to training videos.

$ 25,000
Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary, RESILIEN and Synaptic Spinal Cord Neuro Rehabilitation Centre

RESILIEN Confidential Wellness Wayfinder: Connecting Calgarians with relevant mental health services and peer support through a website/app.

$25,000
Carya Society of Calgary  

Older Adult Men's Wellness Workshop and Peer Support: Delivering wellness workshops for older adult men to build knowledge, develop skills, and connect with regular, ongoing peer support meetings

$10,754
CUPS Calgary Society  

Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening and Education Program: Education and research initative to reduce stigma and better support people with Autism that are accessing services in the homeless sector.

$ 18,200
Enviros Wilderness School Association

Accredited Wilderness Addiction Treatment Program: Delivering a 30-day Indigenous land-based-teaching treatment program for Indigenous youth.  

$120,541
Families Matter Society  

Creative Kits for Youth: Mental health focused kits and programming for youth.

$ 37,500
Jewish Family Services  

Seniors Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Team: Providing short term, in home, care to seniors to increase protective factors, identify risk, navigate resources, reduce isolation, and create safety action plans.  

$36,375
Peer to Peer Labs Ltd.  

Automated Self-Service Health Website: Connecting Calgarians to available mental health and addiction services, including community care options.  

$56,000
Punjabi Community Health Services Calgary Society  

East Meets West Mental Health Campaign and Forum: Campaign that focuses on mental health of the South Asian community and forum/conference facilitated by leaders and experts in the South Asian and multicultural Mental Health targeted improving the delivery of services for the South Asian ethnic group.

$ 20,000
RecoveryWorx  

Recovery Employment Cooperative: A social enterprise cooperative which will improve recovery and employment outcomes for people transitioning from addiction treatment to the workplace.

$ 58,400
The Catholic Family Service of Calgary, YWCA, CUPS, Centre for Sexuality, Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary, Distress Centre, and Collabo Systems

Online Connection Tool and Booking Solution: Connecting Calgarians to counselling services and appointment bookings with multiple organizations in one online tool.

$30,000
  The Colour Factor  

Cultural Healing Tools for the Racialized Community: Three cultural healing events that draw on and share the rich wellness practices within African, Indigenous, and South Asian cultures.

$ 22,834
  The Colour Factor  

Nurture Your Narrative: A Mental Health Storytelling Workshop: Storytelling project to create digital stories about people's lived experience with mental health, the importance of removing stigma, and how to improve the system of care. Includes a showcase to share the stories with the community.

$ 29,975
The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)  

Pedagogy-based Emotional and Mental Wellness Intervention Pilot for Newcomers: Infusing strength-based, emotional wellness pedagogy into the teaching, classroom management, and lesson planning at settlement agencies.

$ 74,495
The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)  

Immigrant Family-based Interpreters for Emotional Wellness Supports: Introducing information into Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) courses about how to better support family-based interpreters.

$ 72,655
The SHARP Foundation & Habitus Consulting Collective  

Learn Together, Recover Together, and Resilient Together, South Calgary: Collaborative community development art project to build community and reduce stigma for SHARP foundation clients.

$ 25,000
University of Calgary - Faculty of Nursing and Centre for Suicide Prevention

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): Integrating ASIST training into the Faculty of Nursing curriculum.  

$55,200
University of Calgary and Punjabi Community Health Services

South Asian Youth Mental Health (SAYMH) Outreach Ambassador: Training South Asian youth to become mental health ambassadors for the South Asian community.

$15,570

Targeted Projects: initiatives designed in partnership with city administration and strategy groups to address system-level gaps to support a specific action of Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy.

2022 – Targeted Investment

Organization Project Name and Description Funding Amount
Distress Centre Calgary, 211, Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network and Alberta Health Services.

Enhanced Connections between Health and Community: Closed Loop Referral Pilot: Connecting Primary Care Network patients to resources that may improve their social determinants of health through a closed loop referral process with 21

$94,881
University of Calgary –The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education & Calgary Board of Education.

Optimizing School-based Mental Health Interventions for Calgary students: A three-year project to develop and implement school-based mental health assessments and interventions for adolescents in Calgary with emergent emotional and behavioural issues.  

$471, 525

2021 – Targeted Investment

2021 Funded Projects Allocated Amount

Systems Mapping Initiative: Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy is developing a visual map of services and supports along with an interactive dashboard to better understand how available mental health and addiction supports and services are used and experienced by Calgarians.


 

This initiative is funded in partnership with the Community Investment Table.

$159,091
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