Adaptive YYC Frequently Asked Questions

AdaptiveYYC is a personalized, pocket-sized resilience training initiative that helps your workforce buffer against stress, build emotional well-being, and lead more purposeful lives.

Brought to you by United Way of Calgary and Area, in collaboration with headversity, the Adaptive YYC initiative can help your team build resilience and mental well-being to respond to the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continue working to the best of their ability in these difficult times.

AdaptiveYYC is a personalized, pocket-sized resilience training program that helps your workforce adapt to life’s twists and turns, buffer against stress, build emotional well-being, and lead more purposeful lives.

AdaptiveYYC is a three-month corporate mental health program for small and medium-sized enterprises, government-funded organizations or non-profits to help individuals adapt to the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The program consists of three team workshops, 24/7 personalized support, and individual training and skill-building to protect and promote mental well-being.

Through the headversity app and coaching workshops services, AdaptiveYYC increases individuals’ capacity to respond to the adverse impacts of the pandemic (and stress in general) by developing a sense of empowerment, responsibility and increased ability to continue working in difficult times.

United Way invests in mental health initiatives that decrease barriers and increase access to supports for individuals and families living in Calgary and the surrounding area. We work with partner agencies on community-based initiatives focused on mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention, ensuring those impacted by mental health concerns can easily access the supports they need before the issues become deep-rooted.

As part of our commitment to solving complex social issues affecting our community, we sit on The City of Calgary’s Community Action on Mental Health & Addiction (CAMHA) Stewardship Group, which is leading the development of a community-wide strategy to address the issues of mental health and addiction in our city. The group identified a gap in mental health supports for entrepreneurial or small- to medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations, which typically don’t have operating capital to invest in mental health supports or an Employee Assistance Program for their employees. To address this need, United Way partnered with headversity to develop AdaptiveYYC.

The product will be available starting January 2021 and will operate through to December 31, 2021.   

Through the Community Action on Mental Health & Addiction Stewardship Group (CAMHA) and United Way’s ongoing work in mental health prevention, it was determined that there was a gap in the provision of mental health supports for entrepreneurial or small workplaces & non-profit organizations in Calgary. Typically, these types of workplaces don’t have operating capital to invest in mental health supports or an Employee Assistance Program for individuals nor an ability to invest in mental wellness coaching for workplace teams.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created increased anxiety and uncertainty in the entrepreneurial or small workplace & non-profit organizations due to increasingly unstable economic conditions.

Data from The Distress Centre 211 has indicated that anxiety related to economic uncertainty has remained a persistent issue throughout the year. Further, recent reports by The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and Imagine Canada have indicated that entrepreneurial or small workplaces & non-profit organizations are most at risk of failure due to economic uncertainties.

AdaptiveYYC will help people build their resilience, personal and organizational mental health capacity and support the development of coping mechanisms during and beyond COVID-19 through the provision of the headversity App, coaching workshops in collaboration with United Way community-based resources.

Specifically, the AdaptiveYYC program will:

  • Support individuals to adapt to the stress and distress of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Increase individuals capacity to respond to the adverse impacts of the pandemic by developing a sense of empowerment and responsibility
  • Support a willingness and ability to continue to work

For the pilot phase of the project, we are offering AdaptiveYYC to non-profits, government-funded agencies, or small- to medium-sized businesses with fewer than 200 employees.

We are committed to your privacy and the protection of your personal information. While information about the user and their interactions are captured in headversity, this information is not available to headversity staff, nor United Way Calgary and Area, and is provided in aggregate form only. (This is similar to how credit cards are tokenized in most systems.)

While the app does collect name and email address, a user can completely anonymize that information if they choose to do so. We will not disclose to any unauthorized third party a member’s name or contact information. We will also not monitor, edit or disclose the contents of any member’s information unless required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary.

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Fill out this form and we’ll reach out to let you know if you qualify, and we'll also share more details about this exciting new initiative. Currently, AdaptiveYYC is available for free to non-profits, government-funded agencies and small- to medium-sized businesses (fewer than 200 employees) in Calgary and the surrounding area. We can add your name to a waitlist if you're interested, but are currently not eligible.

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