Animator: Kim Titus
Animator: Marianne French
Animator: Sarah Titus
Animator: Lindsey Coyle
Animator: Abiola Ojo
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…
Meet Kim Titus Kim Titus, one of the Animators from Airdrie talks about her journey with the Rural Mental Health Project.
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
In Barrhead, community members are eager to help each other, and having people that are ready, willing and able to help is more important than ever. The people that are most often approached for help…
The Community Kitchen project will be to establish a community kitchen potluck with cooking classes hosted by a local business owner. This project has used a survey to determine…
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…
Animator: Carrie Goldsmith
Animator: Andrea Sandmier
Animator: Aleesha Cabay
Animator: Rhonda Miron
Animator: Sasha Johnson
Animator: Gina Levasseur
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 community of Brooks is increasing their members’ awareness…
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From the support of the Town and the promotion of the project on social media, plants were donated to garden.
$5,000 Micro grant
Being around plants and working a garden can help people feel…
$5,800 Individual Community Grant
In the community of Cardston, the Indigenous and non-Indigenous…
"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…
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…
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…
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.…
Meet Gabrielle Kirk Gabrielle Kirk is the Community Animator for Claresholm, Alberta. Growing Roots in the Community Gabrielle…
Animator: Jade Fleury
Animator: Paulette Dahlseide
Animator: Joe Reid
Animator: Lyla Allan
As an outcome of the survey the project is on the right track and moving along nicely.
$5,000 Micro Grant
This was the second year that the Animators of Cold Lake was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Cold Lake’s first year multi-community grant,
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…
$10,000 Individual Community Grant
Stigma is a considerable barrier to positive mental health, which is why the project in Consort focuses on reducing stigma around talking about mental health. Understanding the priorities of the community,…
-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…
The increase in social connection improves safety in the 8 neighborhoods that have hosted a pop-up event.
$4750 Micro Grant
Neighbourhood pop-up events provide an opportunity for people to meet for the first time or to deepen an existing connection between neighbours. This is why the Neighbourhood…
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…
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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…
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…
$7,800 Individual Community Grant
For a small village of 150 people, Edburg is very community-minded with many engaged, and motivated productive community members that make things happen. They are creative and tenacious and strive…
"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…
Yvonne Rempel & Sonia Delorme-Paquette
$40,000 Individual Community Grant
This was the second year that Grande Cache was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Grande Cache’s first year grant,
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…
$20,000 Individual Community Grant
This project will bring current Indigenous gravediggers together to address traumas related to digging up unmarked graves. Using the community members with lived experience…
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…
Animator: Charlene Sitar
Animator: Janice Baxter
Animator: Kylie Nein
Animator: Trish Leduc
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,…
Meet Charlene Sitar - Part 2 Charlene Sitar is a community animator for Hinton, Alberta. Community Futures West The organization Community…
$5,000 Micro Grant
The community members of Iron River are similar to many other communities in that they believe the key to positive mental health is to just be strong and stoic. This project is aiming to move beyond…
$20,000 Individual Community Grant
A Cup of Joy project is a weekly and monthly meet up for community members to gather for coffee or tea with a activity, workshop or craft is offered. This projects aims…
$27,000 Individual Community Grant
While Jasper has a well-informed and engaged year-round population, the seasonal population has some challenges breaking into the community. To combat the risk of isolation and associated mental health…
Meet Lisa Ridell, Jasper, Alberta Finding purpose in the community Lisa Ridell is a Rural Mental Health Network Animator living in Jasper, Alberta.…
$12,596 Individual Community Grant
Leduc County's project uses both visual and comedic arts to connect residents and to encourage meaningful conversation, emotional experiences and messaging about mental…
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.…
The Stand Up For Mental Health project is aiming to start discussion of mental health in their community. They will also be hosting a free comedy event that will start the…
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…
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…
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…
The Community Coffee Time and Conversation Cafes project is meant to provide an inclusive space for community members to connect and create social connections
$5,000 Individual Community Grant
With a 7% Indigenous population and close proximity to
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
The Rocky P2P (Peer to Peer) Network- Mindset Kickstart is strengthening the P2P network and providing members the training they need to increase their resiliency in everything from cooking to suicide…
$4,800 Micro Grant
Rycroft’s community project focuses on connecting community members with each other, as well as other community resources and groups. Rycroft will be providing in-person…
An outcome of the project was a successful " Wellness Fair" with over 40 vendors!
Slave Lake is working on build trusting relationships in the community. They have formed the Slave Lake and Area Mental health Network and are working with a variety of community organizations to create…
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…
10,000 Individual Community Grant
The community of Spruce Grove is supporting a holistic understanding of mental health in their community, particularly as it relates to youth by providing Wellness Kits. These kits intentionally address…
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 goal of St. Albert’s Reach Out, Discover, Connect, and Grow project is to utilize City infrastructure like transit stations, community message…
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 Stettler’s project is to reconnect our community while reducing the stigma and raising awareness regarding mental health and wellness. They are achieving this by developing accessible…
"The accessible, friendly, and free nature of our events are seeing significant participants turn outs, with our largest having over 500 participants", - Melissa Masse
$33,290 Individual Community Grant
Through community engagement sessions, it was recognized
Meet Melissa Masse Melissa is a Community Animator in Strathmore, Alberta. She has called Strathmore home for the last seven years. Melissa appreciates Strathmore’s close-knit community…
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 risk 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,…
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…
Carol Rempel & Tami Tubbs
$50,000 Multi-Community Grant
Thorsby and Warburg are two communities located southwest of Edmonton. The project, designed collaboratively between these two communities, focuses on enhancing and illuminating…
$15,525 Individual Community Grant
The Moving Mental Health Forward Valleyview project aims to create more spaces for community conversations on mental health and wellbeing. Along with creating spaces for…
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
Meet Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage is a Community Animator in Vegreville, Alberta. When Colleen moved to Vegreville many years ago, she had anticipated the town to be…
$4800 Micro Grant
Through an already strong volunteer base in Vermillion, this project provides awareness, knowledge, and skills for seniors through social connectors in their neighbourhoods. Social connectors are identified…
Meet Derek Collins - Part 2 Derek Collins is a Community Animator for Vermillion, Alberta. Beginning the Mental Health Conversation Derek…
$5,000 Micro Grant
Vulcan has developed a 6-part workshop series that builds capacity in the senior population through building social connections and wellbeing skills. The 6 workshops will…
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…
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,…