Calgary's Mental Health and Addiction Strategy and Action Plan (the strategy) is connected to and looking to further connect with mental health and addiction researchers to inform the implementation of Strategy actions and initiatives.
We are interested in research projects that align with the Strategy and demonstrate practical applications. The goal is for best practices to inform specific actions and initiatives in the Strategy.
Overview of the Strategy
The Strategy focuses on what we heard matters most to people in our community: being well, getting help and staying safe in our homes, schools, work and community.
|Being Well – Wellness at home, at school, at work and in the community||Getting Help – What you need, when, where and how you need it||Staying Safe – Security at all times, especially in a crisis|
|Current research areas of interest (2023)||
Mental health literacy:
To advance the Strategy’s current research areas of interest in 2023, researchers and Strategy Implementation teams will have the opportunity to convene to share updates, emerging promising practices, determine systems gaps, alignments, and opportunities to collaborate. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Our first Knowledge Exchange event was held on April 18, 2023, where we provided an update on the strategy and current initiatives. You can watch here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What type of research is the Calgary Mental Health and Addiction Community Strategy and Action Plan looking for?
Research in Action is looking to connect with research projects that have:
- Strong alignment with specific Community Strategy actions and initiatives (listed on the website)
- Practical applications in the Calgary context
- Research findings or implications ready for implementation in 2023/24.
Clinical mental health and addiction services are typically provided through primary care or specialized health care services within Alberta Health Services (AHS) so clinical research projects are encouraged to directly connect with the Alberta Addiction and Mental Health Research Hub.
I am just starting my research project, can I still reach out to the Community Strategy and Action Plan?
Although our current research areas of interest are to connect with research projects that have research findings/implications, we certainly welcome research projects that are at the beginning stage of the research project to connect with us.
Here is a list of benefits of connecting with the Strategy:
- Share your research/expertise to different audiences
- Testing/expanding your research in community/practical settings
- Opportunities to participate in advisory committees
- Receive letters of support for future funding proposals
The Investment Framework associated with the Community Strategy provides funding to initiatives through three funding streams – each with its own eligibility, timelines and review process. Research projects that are working with community organizations towards strategic actions are encouraged to explore Mental Health and Addiction Strategy funding opportunities on our website for any future calls for proposals.
If your questions are not addressed in the FAQs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org