World Mental Health Day


World Mental Health Day

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 experiences 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.

Here at CUPS, we offer mental health services for individuals in poverty who face increased barriers to accessing these services due to their lack of employment benefits and their inability to pay for them privately.

CUPS Shared Care Mental Health Program is a team of counsellors, advocates, family doctors, and psychiatrists who work together to forge connections and help patients heal their conscious and unconscious wounds. Many of our patients are high-complexity individuals who have more than 1 mental health problem; in addition, substance abuse issues, erectile dysfunction and chronic physical health problems are co-occurring in 50% and 70% of patients, respectively.

We also have a counsellor embedded within CUPS Family Development Centre who works directly with parents. It is more often than not that parents want to be good parents; however, many of them have past experiences and trauma that inhibits them to properly use and apply parenting skills to the fullest potential. The wraparound support from the counsellor, Family Development Coaches, and Nurturing Parenting Facilitators is a game changer in improving the stability of our families and helping parents become the parents they want to be.

On Mental Health Day, let’s continue to educate ourselves on mental health and its intertwinement with other health and social outcomes, de-stigmatize mental illness by talking about it, and provide support to those who need it.


#ShineALight on the Numbers

● 1 in 10 Calgarians live in poverty

● 1 in 4 Canadians lives with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes

● 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness or addiction problems each year

● 4 million people in Canada experience food insecurity

● 1 in 8 Canadian households struggle to put food on the table.

● An estimated 45% of the overall homeless population are individuals living with mental illness

● 28 – 34% of shelter users are Indigenous peoples

● 40% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty

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