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.