Communities In Mind
January 16, 2024

Co-op is working with the Mental Health Foundation to raise funds for mental health services in your Community.

Dedicated Co-op Members and the Mental Health Foundation are creating a powerful alliance for change. This collaboration is a beautiful testament to the power of unity and the strength of shared values. Together, we’re working hand-in-hand to bring mental health support to those who need it most.

The Co-op Communities in Mind campaign is making a real difference across Alberta. We’ve been able to support services, develop new programs, and reach out to more individuals struggling with mental health and addictions issues. Join us in support of the incredible work being done. Every contribution, no matter how small, can make a huge difference. Let’s continue to build this bridge of hope together, because mental health matters, and together, we can make a world of difference.

Donations made to the Co-op Communities in Mind campaign will be disbursed based on the postal code.

Since 2023, Westview Co-op has partnered with other Co-ops and the Mental Health Foundation to provide funding to support services, develop new programs, and reach out to more individuals struggling with mental health and addictions issues.

Learn more about the Mental Health Foundation and how Communities in Mind is helping Albertans here.

Our 2024 Communities in Mind Campaign:

Westview Co-op, along with Cornerstone, Central Alberta, New Horizon, and South Country Co-op's, is once again partnering with the Alberta Mental Health Foundation.

We've set a goal of raising $100,000 across all 5 associations, and $15,000 for Westview locations

Communities in Mind starts February 12 and will run until February 29th.

All funds raised by Westview Co-op will stay in the following locations:

  • Olds
  • Carstairs
  • Sundre
  • Drumheller
  • Hanna
  • Consort

How can you help?

You can donate at the till to receive a Communities in Mind heart at all Westview Co-op locations.

You can write your name or an encouraging message on your heart, and the Team Member serving you will put up your heart in that location.

You can tell your friends & family about Communities in Mind!

Impact of our 2023 Communities In Mind Campaign:

Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Support ($2,370)

The goal of this program is decreasing barriers to timely treatment by addressing limited transportation options for rural clients.

Funding will provide transportation costs, like gas cards, ensuring clients can access out-of-town services like detox and residential treatment. Funds will also purchase supplies for local programming to enhance client experiences for local addiction and mental health groups.

Community Kitchen ($1,700)

Lynks Harvest Sky Services and Supports proposed a Community Kitchen program. The program had mental health clients and community members build skills as they plan and prepare nutritious meals together. Prepared meals also helped to address food insecurity.

The six-week program increased social connections, food security, built food preparation skills, and supported individual therapy goals.

Family Connection Events ($2,500)

Running from May to October 2024, the project aims to host free family connection events in rural Alberta communities to promote mental health awareness and provide access to local support resources.
The project is led by Project REACH and aims to reduce isolation. Planned events include walks, outdoor movie nights, craft nights and community meals. Each event will be tailored to specific communities such as Hanna, Delia, and Morrin. By bringing people and services together in fun, non-intimidating ways they will increase awareness of local mental health and social support resources in rural areas.

Apply for funding to improve resources in YOUR Community!

Mental Health Support Resources

We've compiled a list of mental health resources that ALL Albertans can access. Please share these with your loved ones/co-workers if the need for help ever arises.

Youth Support

  2. Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-387-5437
  3. Kids Help Phone – 1 (800) 668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
  4. MoreGoodDays – Text ‘MoreGoodDays’ to 393939 for free daily text messages
  5. Bullying Hotline 1-888-456-2323

Adult Support

  3. Mental Health Helpline 1-877-303-2642
  4. Addictions Helpline 1-866-332-2322
  5. Crisis Text Line – Text CONNECT to 741741
  6. Crisis Support Centre Distress Line: 780-482-HELP (4357)
  7. Urgent Services: 780-342-7777
  8. Family Violence Info line – 310-1818
  9. Health Link – 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24/7

These are professional services that can be discreetly accessed if necessary. Please save and share with loved ones/co-workers in the event support is needed!

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