Mental Health

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Mental health

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Your donations create more first steps to recovery.

Today, the need for critical mental health services is higher than ever.

With your donations, we’re propelling advancements in mental health. Like trauma-informed recovery supports that help more people live brighter futures.

Prioritizing mental health recovery.

Did you know?


87,000 Calgarians seek help for mental health issues each year.

People with mental illness and addiction are more likely to die prematurely versus the general population.

There are 21,000-23,000 Emergency Department visits in Calgary each year for which the primary presenting problem is a mental health concern.


*Source: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have or have had a mental illness.

You can have an impact on patients who face mental health and addiction issues.

Read these inspiring patient stories, highlighting how improved addiction and mental health services are crucial to better patient outcomes in Calgary and surrounding areas.

As Calgary’s only medical detox centre, the Renfrew Recovery Centre provides an invaluable breakthrough moment for up to 40 patients at any given time taking their first steps toward recovery from addiction. The Centre offers medically supported detoxification services to people while they withdraw from the effects of alcohol and other drugs, as well as gambling stabilization.

Growing up, Heather appeared to have an ordinary childhood; two parents, brothers and sisters, a dog, and a lovely house in Haysboro. However, when you pull back the curtain, hers was anything but. Heather’s parents suffered with addiction, and there was a family history of it on both sides. Heather’s resiliency has helped her break the cycle of addiction for her family.

Sara was working as an emergency dispatcher when she experienced trauma that she needed to get help for. Professional counselling and an extensive Traumatic Psychological Injury program were unsuccessful. Her doctor recommended a therapy she hadn’t heard about: Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), a therapy used to treat extreme depression. Within a few sessions, Sara started to feel a real difference.

You support the urgent need for comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment.

Dr. Monty Ghosh is rethinking mental health and addiction care delivery by bringing care to people where they are at.

Mental health and addiction challenges may be largely invisible illnesses – but their impact on individuals, families, and the healthcare system are significant and critically need our support. With the help of donors, Calgary Health Foundation is supporting mental health care delivery for people in our hospitals and our community, working with partners to ensure patients don’t fall through the cracks.

Let’s create more firsts in Mental Health, together.