Mental health support centre in central Alberta to receive funding

Shoppers Drug Mart is lending support to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The company donated more than $500,000 to the CMHA, which includes the local branch CMHA Recovery College Central Alberta.

The central Alberta chapter is one of 15 recovery centres across Canada. At these centres, experts work with people who experience mental health issues to create free programs to support anyone looking to enhance their self-care skills, overall sense of wellbeing or develop the confidence they need to face life’s challenges.

“Recovery colleges are all about providing an empowering learning environment where the people are genuine, and the knowledge is practical,” said Margaret Eaton, national CEO, CMHA.

“These centres welcome everyone, whatever your mental health goals.”

According to research from CMHA, since the onset of the pandemic, our collective mental health continues to deteriorate. Research found that 41 per cent of Canadians reported a decline in their mental health in 2021, compared to 38 per cent in the spring and 40 per cent in the fall of 2020.