Rural communities are actively working on local initiatives that support awareness, promotion and prevention activities related to mental health and community mental wellness.

The Plan

Canadian Mental Health Associations’ Rural Mental Health Project (RMHP) strives to strengthen community capacity for better mental health in rural and remote communities across Alberta through ongoing training and network development.

The RMHP strives to work collaboratively with local partners to create community-driven initiatives focused on mental health. The goal is to enable rural and remote municipalities to improve mental health outcomes by building local capacity and action teams that support this important work.

Free training is provided to community members across Alberta who want to be a Community Animator with the intent to start a conversation about mental health and wellbeing in their community. Funding is offered for projects to get off the ground andin turn, make a positive impact on individuals and families. Communities are working to raise awareness on the importance of mental health and what resources are available.

The Outcomes

Watch the following Community Stories to learn more about the impact of the Rural Mental Health project in Alberta. Great things are happening!

Some examples include:

  • Drumheller – Facilitating links to resources
  • Millet – Creating safe gathering spaces
  • Cochrane – Youth-led programming
  • Vermilion – Relationship building and teamwork

Ways to take action: Community Strategies - Mental Health