This team was able to develop relationships with local businesses and churches who have direct access to our target population, new immigrants to the community. These connections were vital in providing food hampers to these families and hosting a guest speaker to present information on health and wellness and self care.
$ 5,000 Microgrant
This project aims to support and empower youth and young adults who are newcomers to Canada by providing various workshops and mentorship programs. The food hampers will offer culturally-appropriate…
Meet Kim Titus Kim Titus, one of the Animators from Airdrie talks about her journey with the Rural Mental Health Project.
$5,450 Individual Community Grant
This project aims to address community engagement, mental health awareness and geographic needs of the community.
The action team has been small in size and has had minimal interactions due to how efficient they are planning the events and the nature of the training sessions. The team of committee members are committed to the progress of mental health education and continue to share the value they see in training with others.
$40,000 Individual Community Grant
The objective of this project is to enhance the community’s abilities to be able to assist others experiencing mental health problems.
Meet Kristy Rees Kristy Rees is the Rural Mental Health Project Community Animator for Berwyn, Alberta and is also the Community Services Director for Family and Community…
Maureen Gibson & Sherry Krozser
$6,000 Multi-Community Grant
This multi community project's goal is to host a special event that encourages discussion within their communities around mental health.
The Men’s Shed project started off well in March 2021 with two men committed to facilitating and hosting meetings; due to unforeseen circumstances these two men were no longer committed to the project. We pivoted and created a Facebook page for the Men’s Shed that blossomed into an Odd Job Squad for men to experience community engagement and helping others. It challenges men to come together to do planning and are accountable to all members of the group that are counting on this opportunity to connect to others.
$ 15,510 Individual Community Grant
This project’s objective is to empower male community members and provide a place that rejuvenates their spirit, provides a sense of purpose, and improves wellbeing overall. The Shed will be…
The committee appears to have a renewed sense of optimism after seeing some action items already being completed since its inception in the spring. Many of the people at the table have been a part of similar groups in the past and have not seen action as a result, so there was some hesitancy at the start. I think there is an appreciation for funding and a project with dedicated time and ability to kick start some action within in the community, rather than it falling solely on the shoulders of agencies and organizations with other core missions/responsibilities.
$39, 982 Individual Community Grant
The goal of our project is to improve community wellness by engaging with community members & partners to increase awareness about mental health and reduce stigma, and cultivate connection to the…
From the support of the Town and the promotion of the project on social media, plants were donated to garden.
$5,000 Micro grant
This edible community garden will be a place where community members of all ages can come together to learn the lost art of gardening.
$5,800 Individual Community Grant
The objective of this project is to facilitate interactions between First Nations and Non-First nations through events that will foster communication and integration.
An event was planned for youth, due to COVID-19 restrictions not many youths could attend, it was decided to open the event to the larger community – it was a success! In speaking to the diverse groups about the project and the purpose of offering opportunities for people to come together and to have fun. I have seniors from the community, lodge and manors telling me how much they learned from their care packages they received during the COVID isolation times. Some have stated how it has them thinking more about mental health and even asking others in the building how they are doing, they want to know more about their neighbors just saying they are fine.
$ 23,000 Individual Community Grant
This project aims to build and improve community members’ mental health through reconnection, including events specifically for youth, young adults, and seniors. The project also involves a research…
The “Mental Health Street Guide” has been a valuable resource that we were able to adapt to are local area and print for distribution. The guides highlight that we have local supports available within the area. The community has begun to shift from a “not us” mentality to a “yes us too” mentality. People are supportive of the project but chose to participate in their own ways – engaged to participating from afar but not yet ready to participate in the conversation or activities.
$ 27,200 Individual Community Grant
New to the RMH Network, Cessford is located within Special Area No. 2. The Special Area Rural Mental Health Committee plans to address the stigma associated with discussing mental health and mental…
A key factor in the success of this project was gaining approval from both the Rocky View Schools and the Calgary Catholic School Division. We were fortunate to receive approval from both School Boards to conduct the Youth Survey in local schools as this is the first community-based survey of its kind to be delivered in our community. The data collected from the Youth Survey is a major asset to the community, one goal of the Youth Safer Communities Survey is that the results and recommendations will guide the actions of making our community a safer place for youth now and in the future.
$ 30,000 Individual Community Grant
Based on an ecosystem-based approach, the Chestermere and Area Community Coalition’s project aims to promote student mental health, specifically focusing on the prevention and reduction of bullying.…
Meet Coralee McIntosh Coralee McIntosh is a Community Animator in Chestermere, Alberta. She describes how her community is reaching out during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rural Mental…
Circles provided community members with a way to de-stress safety and within guidelines during the COVID19 Pandemic. Community relationships were nurtured & growth among community individuals. Each circle opened with a discussion around mental health and overall well-being, throughout the eight sessions we noticed an increase understanding of what health, mental health and mental well-being are and what is involved.
$ 4,300 Microgrant
A community survey indicated that although there are many services and resources available in Claresholm, community members are still experiencing feelings of isolation. To combat the isolation among…
Meet Gabrielle Kirk Gabrielle Kirk is the Community Animator for Claresholm, Alberta. Growing Roots in the Community Gabrielle…
As an outcome of the survey the project is on the right track and moving along nicely.
$5,000 Micro Grant
This project aims to identity the needs of the community via a survey with this data collection would provide the coalition an understanding of the particular needs of the Cold Lake community.
Over 100 of the “Pick Me Up” baskets have brought joy and happiness to all that receive them. The public have been very receptive to this initiative, a noted outcome is people are able to open and share what is going on with their Mental Health.
$ 5,000 Microgrant
New to the Rural Mental Health Network, the Coleman RMH Coalition aims to support knowledge mobilization efforts to strengthen and expand available services. The Coalition also aims to facilitate the…
$10,000 Individual Community Grant
The three main objectives for the project are: provide education and awareness to our community about overall mental health and well-being, reduce stigma related to mental health conditions and finally…
-Connected and collaborated with different organizations in the community that are promoting wellness (i.e Library, 4-H club
-Increased conversations around MH; greater understanding of the importance of community connection and the connection between activities in the community and wellbeing
-Brought together a diverse group of people focused on the greater wellness of the community
$ 5,000 Microgrant
The Social Inclusion Series involved a variety of community events to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, reduce stigma, and promote existing wellness-focused services. Activities…
The increase in social connection improves safety in the 8 neighborhood's that have hosted a pop-up event.
$4750 Micro Grant
This project aims to connect neighbors via "pop up " coffee events around town.
Meet Heather Acres Heather Acres is a Community Development Facilitator in Devon, Alberta. Heather has always had a strong interest in working with community wellbeing and recognizes…
The team of Animators from New Dawn forged allies with local non-profits in their region to fulfil their mandate of strengthen the voices of their women citizens. This group of powerful Metis women accomplished this by volunteering and contributing at a MMIWG event to hosting learnings at the Metis Crossing for all members of the community.
Carrie Goldsmith, Jade Fleury, Rhonda Hodgson, Raylene Gunderson, Vyna Fluny
$ 34134 Multi-Community Grant
This multi-community project will provide opportunity for Métis women and their families across northeastern Alberta, Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 2 to come together to visit, celebrate…
This team produced & distributed 2000 “Street Guides’, these guides are business card sized and are easy to share and contain details to local community resources. The team also educated, connected, and changed mindsets within their area by hosting Mental Health First Aid, Small Talk and Assist training.
$15800 Multi-Community Grant
Lorrenda Southern, Diana Rowe, Michelle Olsen
This multi-community project aims to optimize the mental wellbeing of community members in Drumheller and Starland County by increasing awareness and promoting positive social connections. A key piece…
Meet Lorrenda Southern - Part 1 Lorrenda Southern is a community Animator living in Drumheller, Alberta with her husband. Lorrenda’s Connection to Mental Health…
This team was successful in engaging it is target demographic of men, with thirty percent of participants along with teens and seniors. In reviewing the feedback cards after the in-person attendees at their sessions the team learned that folks are going to reach for additional help and resources surrounding their mental health.
$ 4,900 Microgrant
This project aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, support the local services available, and promote social connection and decrease isolation. The project will primarily target adult…
$7,800 Individual Community Grant
The main objective of the project is to host a community social event to promote inclusion, socialization, and connection which will strengthen, enhance, connect, and support the development of a strong…
One positive change that the animator observed because of our Men’s Shed project is that the group of men that were coming was small, but they were a good group that included each other and began to support each other in small ways. Another positive change that we saw through these projects is that many of the non mental health specific groups/agencies joined us in looking at things through a mental health lens to integrate their services/programs into a well-being sphere. A third positive change we have seen with our projects is that mental health support resources are easily accessible and advertised more widely than before. We hope that our projects have helped to spark conversations, and to change some of the negative discourse around mental health.
$ 17,000 Individual Community Grant
This project aims to promote community mental health with a multi-pronged approach. The initiative involves several different components, including posting signage with mental…
Yvonne Rempel & Sonia Delorme-Paquette
$40,000 Individual Community Grant
With the funding Grande Cache received in the first grant cycle, the scope for residents to gain a better understanding when it comes to community development was broadened and provided an opportunity…
Meet Sonia Paquette Sonia Paquette is a community Animator born and raised in Grande Cache, Alberta. She comes from a proud Rocky Mountain Cree Indigenous and Irish background. In the…
Saw a strong increase in youth from divers cultural and sexual orientation coming together to work on projects and establish friendships. High River community saw engagement with the youth who were very visible in the community through mural paintings, cultural events, music events and connecting with one another.
$21,500 Individual Community Grant
The objective of this project is to provide a safe, inclusive space for all youth in High River and surrounding areas to promote mental health. The project will result in the formation of a “High…
The video project has been a way for us to draw out information on the untraditional ways we can seek support both individually and collectively as a community. The project has given our rural community an opportunity to be involved in conversations at a Provincial level and become part of the larger Rural Mental Health Network that spans across the province. It has put Hinton “on the map” in relation to what we have to offer and what we can do as a collective community.
$25,500 Individual Community Grant
This project aims to promote community mental health with a multi-pronged approach. The first piece involves a locally-produced video that will highlight community strengths, including community stories,…
Meet Charlene Sitar - Part 2 Charlene Sitar is a community animator for Hinton, Alberta. Community Futures West The organization Community…
$5,000 Micro Grant
This project over a cup of coffee aims to educate, raise awareness, and acceptance of mental health within this small farming community.
$27,000 Individual Community Grant
The objective of this project is to promote mental wellbeing and resilience through a series of activities that will encourage social connection – specifically among residents who are more vulnerable,…
Unfortunately, the Animator for the project was no longer available to coordinate this project.
The key priorities of this project are to promote community engagement and awareness about mental health and wellness through a series of workshops. Each workshop will provide the opportunity to learn…
$12,596 Individual Community Grant
The goal of this project is to use the expressive arts to encourage meaningful conversation, emotional experiences and messaging about mental health. To do this, we will host a stand-up comedy night…
This enhanced interactive website allows individuals to directly access to services making it seamless to receive help when needed. This brings value to the community as there is access for all.
$ 39675 Individual Community Grant
Building off an existing website, this project aims to connect individuals with available services directly through the website, allowing users to book directly on the site. This will provide better…
Teachers reported that the students were very engaged in the creation of their videos. There was a good discussion on the importance of self-care and the many ways students can implement their own personal self-care strategies. Students were informed of the various important agencies such as the Kid’s Helpline and Child Abuse Hotline information. Students were able to determine which self-care strategies addressed their needs and which ones they felt comfortable participating in.
This project focused on youth mental health through a video contest for students in grades 6-12 in schools across Manning. Students were invited to create a video highlighting self-care strategies,…
Due to efficiencies in building the Distancing Diamonds, we also designed and purchased two thousand Mental Health Wallet Cards. These cards contain information about the Mental Health Continuum model and provided local information and resources about when and where to seek additional supports and services when needed. We have fostered a foundational mental health committee, called SMILES of Joy for Rural Mental Health, which is enthusiastic and energized about strengthening the domains of mental health in the community.
$ 10,000 Individual Community Grant
This project will involve installing a second “Distancing Diamond” in Millet and hosting a community event. The Distancing Diamond comprises of a diamond-shaped cement area with benches…
Meet Rita-Anne Fuss Rita-Anne Fuss is a Community Animator for Millet, Alberta where she currently lives with her husband, Curtis. Beginning the Mental Health…
$5,000 Individual Community Grant
The aim of the project is to buy a set of drums and hold monthly drumming circles to create a space for citizens to engage in an activity that encourages mental wellness, healthy communication, and…
We have noticed more community members speaking about the cooking classes, free movie matinees, and monthly Peer Support meetings. The awareness of the Network has increased in the area because of these new activities that have been funded by the CMHA grant.
$40,000 Individual Community Grant
Our objective for Rocky P2P (Peer to Peer) Network- Mindset Kickstart is to build and strength the P2P network and get the members the training they need. Through this training the network members…
$5,000 Individual Community Grant
The aim of this project is to host activities for a year of connection for all ages.
$4,800 Micro Grant
Our project aims to help our residents develop a better understanding and knowledge of mental health and their own needs, and how to meet those needs in order to better their own skills and abilities…
An outcome of the project was a successful " Wellness Fair" with over 40 vendors!
The theme for this project is healthy connections and positive activates, they plan to promote these in the community by hosting events, mental health workshops and organizing a "Welcome Back Fair"
We were able to meet people in our community who are enthusiastic about projects in our community, receive their stories and hopefully be able to coordinate with them in the future to have them speak about their mental health journeys.
$ 4,820 Microgrant
The project aims to reduce the stigma often associated with reaching out for help by connecting community members to mental, physical, and spiritual health resources through a resource fair. Service…
10,000 Individual Community Grant
Our project aims to promote a mentally healthy community through the “8 Domains of Mental Health” model. Our short-term goals for this project are Youth are provided with accessible and…
In our conversations with community members, we’ve noted the realization that mental health challenges are becoming a norm for everyone to experience during their life’s journey; and the opportunity to talk about mental health is opening up doors for acceptance and reducing stigma. The vast experiences of the population are requiring many folks to seek assistance to aid their challenges, and people seem more willing to access resources and supports.
$40,000 Individual Community Grant
The project will provide access and knowledge to lift the mental health of our community for all ages to use to increase mental wellness of the residents of St. Albert. Our goal is to supply tools…
The community reconnection event on July 1st, was an amazing opportunity to bring the community out of isolation and reconnect with family, friends and community
$39,958 Individual Community Grant
The aim of this project is to reconnect our community while reducing the stigma and raising awareness regarding mental health and wellness. By engaging the community and offering inclusive learning/training…
Before this project we had trouble getting participants at our events, which was a shared concern across Strathmore organizations. The accessible, friendly, and free nature of our events are seeing significant participants turn outs, with our largest having over 500 participants.
$33,290 Individual Community Grant
The Community Connections project has two main components: the development of a community volunteer hub and a series of community programs to encourage re-engagement with…
Sundre is a town in central Alberta, Canada that is surrounded by Mountain View County. It is approximately 100 km northwest of Calgary on the Cowboy Trail in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies
The Animator’s with the support of the Town, local churches, volunteers, and business have built a safe place for at risky youth of the area. The motto for the centre is “there is a place for everyone,” and everyone in town and outlying areas have noticed positive change since this facility has opened.
$ 40000 Individual Community Grant
Sari Werezak, Renate De Bruijn
The goal of the Youth Enrichment Project is to bring a full complement of programs and services for at-risk youth. By collaborating with community partners, stakeholders, and businesses, the project…
With the completion of the Healing Hub in early October and as a well-utilized trail system going through the Healing Hub, many people expressed their gratitude for the area and all those involved (parks, contractors, consultants, FCSS) in the creation and in how well it turned out. Community Support for the Healing Hub on Facebook and on our Town Website has been extraordinary.
$ 34,000 Individual Community Grant
Building off a New Horizon’s federal grant to support health and wellness for seniors, this project will enhance and expand the design of the park to welcome all members of the community, incorporating…
Individuals who are newer to the community and haven’t had an opportunity to meet others due to the community restrictions (Covid), are attending the program and have said that this has been a great way to meet others and not have any expectations placed on them. Individuals have been able to foster relationships and connections in a safe environment that they then access beyond the program hours. Individuals have become more ready to share struggles, challenges, and ideas with each other during the meetings.
$ 16,136 Individual Community Grant
The project will supply a meeting place and facilitator for a group driven weekly support group meeting for all community members over the age of eighteen that have mental health struggles.
$4800 Micro Grant
This project focuses on seniors in Vermillion reconnecting with their community, along with a survey to be conducted in town to help its members understand the financial and emotional impact of the…
Meet Derek Collins - Part 2 Derek Collins is a Community Animator for Vermillion, Alberta. Beginning the Mental Health Conversation Derek…
It has been a challenge to organize times and dates to have the sessions, even with these challenges good turn outs at events hosted thus far with good impacts.
$5,000 Micro Grant
This project will involve facilitating a series of 6 workshops for seniors, families, and caregivers. Topics include hope & hopelessness, art & pet therapy, yoga and baking.
The Mental Health Resource HUB was set up based on the eight domains and each resource is slotted under the most appropriate domain. We completed 23 Webcasts and 18 Podcast specifically focused on each of the eight domains of wellness, we researched each domain and paired each to local resources then highlighted them either on a webcast, podcast, both and/or on the Mental Health Resource HUB.
$ 27,500 Individual Community Grant
The overarching goal for this project is to create an access point for all community members to find the means to support their overall wellness. The Community Wellbeing Connection Hub will connect…
The changes and positive impact that can be contributed to our project is highlighting the importance of community wide conversations around Mental Health and Mental Wellness. Being able to provide the much-needed training to the public, agencies and community at large has ensured that this type of training and conversations will continue. One of the biggest changes noticed by many is how many resources there are available and the importance of removing barriers to finding help when you need it.
Jeremy Watson Tara Baker Bonnie Ryan-Fisher
$ 32,500 Individual Community Grant
The Community of Kindness project aims to normalize the discussion of mental health and mental illness in Whitecourt. Key activities include offering training (e.g., MHFA, ASIST, TIC) to community…