There is no doubt that Alberta is a unique province – our history, culture and economy set us apart.
That’s why when we look at mental health support in our province, it is so important to consider what makes us distinct.
According to statistics Canada, Alberta’s longest post-war recession has caused the GDP to drop by 6.5 per cent over the past two years and the unemployment rate is up to 7.9 per cent.
We also had one of the costliest disasters in Canadian history with the Fort McMurray fire of 2016. What local residents often refer to as ‘the beast’ started on May 1 and spread across nearly 600,000 hectares.
Dealing with all of these different stressors can be difficult, especially without proper support. It will be so important in the upcoming months and years for Alberta to be prepared to have mental health resources available for people in the province who need it.
In Episode 3 of our docu-series we take a closer look at Alberta and mental health in the province.
You can make a difference. By sharing our videos and reaching out to leaders and policy makers, you can send a message – we need more funding towards suicide prevention and mental health support in our province. The time for change is now. #YouAreNotAlone