CUPS Blog

 

Oct 1, 2018

The beginning of this month marks a global focus on mental health education, awareness and advocacy for those who suffer from the condition and stigma of mental illness. (Read more)


Sep 30, 2018

At CUPS, we know that many of our clients are impacted by opioid-related addictions and are at a high risk of an opioid-related overdose. Therefore, in order to complement the work of the provincial government, as well as better serve the individuals that walk through our doors each day, CUPS offers the Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) Program. This program provides a safe alternative for individuals addicted to opioids. (Read more)


Sep 26, 2018

On August 21, 2018, The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the Federal Government’s National Affordable Housing Strategy titled, Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy was released following consultations throughout Canada with several stakeholders including Indigenous Leadership, frontline service providers, persons with lived experience, and various orders of government. (Read more)


Sep 10, 2018

Those struggling with homelessness, poverty, addictions and poor health from lifestyle health issues (i.e., smoking, drinking, diabetes) are even more at risk. And young people with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as living with an addicted parent, regular mental or physical abuse, neglect and food insecurity, are 12 times more likely to have attempted suicide. (Read more)


Aug 31, 2018

On August 31, the world recognizes International Overdose Awareness day and mourns those lost to addiction. Research has proven a relationship between addiction and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). These traumatic experiences, such as living in a home with an addicted parent, regularly experiencing mental or physical abuse, and experiencing neglect, can have profound effects on young people that persist into adulthood. (Read more)


Jul 28, 2018

In the world today, approximately 300 million individuals are living with hepatitis, unaware of the severe liver damage that is occurring within their own body. There are many types of hepatitis that exist, type A, B and C being the most common. The most prevalent type of hepatitis affecting the vulnerable population served by CUPS is hepatitis C. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C which, left untreated, can become chronically scarred, leading to cirrhosis and eventually liver cancer. (Read more)


Jul 24, 2018

When things get crazy in your life, do you skip going to the gym? Cancel plans with friends? Lose sleep? If so, you may be working against your best interests! Taking care of your physical, emotional and mental health is vital for managing stress and anxiety, contributing to improved personal health. This is known as self care, and on July 24, we’re celebrating International Self-Care Day as part of our #ShineALight campaign (Read more)


Jul 16, 2018

We’re pleased to participate in the Shaw Charity Classic’s Birdies For Kids program. Presented by AltaLink, the non-profit program accepts donations for local charities – and matches them up to 50%! Since its inception in 2015, Birdies For Kids has distributed almost $13 million to Alberta charities. All administrative costs are covered by the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation, and CUPS receives 100% of all monies donated to us via the program. (Read more)


Jul 7, 2018

“The average annual cost of system usage like hospitals, corrections and shelters by a homeless person in Calgary is estimated to be approximately $100,000.” The Federal Government’s recently released strategy on homelessness is good news for agencies like CUPS that support individuals and families that are currently experiencing homelessness. (Read more)


Jun 6, 2018

CUPS recently held Indigenous Training through the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary. The purpose of this training is to build a knowledge base for staff around Indigenous people’s lands, traditions and beliefs. These trainings occur multiple times each year at CUPS to ensure that all new and current staff receive updated training on a regular basis. (Read more)


May 3, 2018

For the past year CUPS has been involved in the Public Policy Shared Service Project, brought together by the Calgary Social Policy Collaborative and the School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Calgary. The Collaborative represents a group of individuals and organizations committed to working together to inform the development and implementation of public policy that improves social conditions (Read more)


March 29, 2018

What do Oprah and CUPS have in common? Turns out quite a lot. Oprah has recently turned her powerful spotlight on brain science, childhood trauma and the need for trauma-informed care. It’s about asking what happened to you that has shaped your experiences, not what is wrong with you. And that is powerful stuff. (Read more)


March 5, 2018

It’s an exciting time for CUPS with two major projects beginning in the month of March! CUPS, along with several community partners, is pleased to announce the start of ATTACH 2 and Working for Kids (W4K).(Read more)


January 17, 2018

89 CUPS staff members received their Brain Story Certification which demonstrates a commitment and dedication to continuous improvement in the quality of service and programs offered at CUPS. The Brain Story Certification is an essential milestone in our continuum of care as we continue to implement brain science and establish trauma-informed care. (Read more)


December 4, 2017

It’s Brain Day 2.0 here at CUPS! Which means that, as an organization, we come together to learn more about the importance of understanding healthy brain architecture and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the lives of the population we serve. (Read more)


November 15, 2017

Jhaidyn, a former CUPS One World Student, is about to put her mark on a piece of Canadian history. She will be one of 30 young people who has been invited to discuss and frame Canada’s first Children’s Charter, at a conference in Ottawa. (Read more)


November 1, 2017

A lack of investment in early childhood education has considerable long-term economic costs to society. On the other hand, for every dollar spent on early childhood education programs there is a $6 dollar return on this investment through a child’s long-term success in school and the workforce, avoidance of the justice system, and decreased crime.(Read more)


October 10, 2017

Oct 10th is World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of better mental health. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem. At CUPS, approximately 1 in 3 individuals who come through our doors report that their mental health is in a state of crisis or vulnerability. (Read more)


October 3, 2017

Science and experience tells us that when people come to CUPS, it is often not for a single need. Issues of poverty are so knotted up, that untangling it is nearly impossible. It is best to cut through the layers and get to the root of the problems. Research tells us that early life experiences shape how the brain is built and affect health and social outcomes later in life. CUPS has created a scale – the CUPS Resiliency Matrix – that puts the two together.(Read more)


September 5, 2017

September has rolled around the corner already and similar to other schools, it’s the start of another year at CUPS One World Child Development Centre!

There are many events and changes happening this year that we are excited about.(Read more)


August 9, 2017

August 9th is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. Progress has been made, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – in which Canada became a full supporter as of May 2016 – however, indigenous peoples “overwhelmingly continue to face discrimination, marginalization and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights” (United Nations).

These challenges remain true in Canada, and are evident at CUPS…(Read more)


July 28, 2017

Hepatitis C is curable, but approximately 500,000 people still die each year from Hep C-related liver diseases even when new treatments have success rates of 90-99%. Access to treatment is improving, but is still limited in Canada where it remains very expensive.

(Read more)


July 24, 2017

The heartbreaking impacts of the opioid epidemic are all over the news and internet. There have been calls to action that range from more accessible addiction treatments, harsher penalties for drug dealers, and stricter guidelines for prescription medications. But how about preventing addiction issues from starting in the first place?

(Read more)

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