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Hats On! For Mental Health 2016

May 5, 2016

CMHA, The Alberta Teacher’s Association and Global Television partner together throughout the year to raise awareness of mental health. This year, ATA Local 80 conducted their first ever fundraising bondspiel in March, and then presented the cheque to CMHA Executive Director Trish McAllister-Hall on May 4 in celebration of  Hat’s On for Mental Health 2016.



Thank you Alberta Teacher’s Association Local 80 and Local President Brice Unland for all you do to support mental health and CMHA! Local 80 raised over $1400 to support the work CMHA does in Central Alberta.




Each year schools relax their hat rules on May 4th and to encourage students to show support for mental health awareness by wearing a fancy fedora or a charming chapeaux to school. It’s fun day for everyone and always leads to good conversations about the importance of mental health.

Global television, the Alberta Teacher’s Association, and CMHA have a website with classroom resources, videos, and information about mental health and mental illness that has grown out of the long term commitment the three organizations have mad to improving the mental health and wellness of all Albertans, in particular the mental health of Alberta students.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its members. It represents teaching professionals in Alberta’s public, separate and francophone school divisions.

Alberta’s teachers are committed to the well-being of the children and youth they serve. Teachers value the importance of public education in developing all children’s potential and gifts and enabling them to function effectively in school, work and life.

Global Television is dedicated to developing partnerships for building stronger communities. Audiences rely on Global Edmonton and Global Calgary for their local, national and international news and entertainment programming, and for the support of important initiatives that improve the lives of all Albertans.

Global Television is proud to partner with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association to build awareness of “Healthy Minds, Bright Futures,” the goal of which is to help parents, children, and the community understand and recognize the importance of student mental health.

CMHA believes that a person cannot have good health without good mental health. Therefore, the CMHA works not only to support the needs of those living with mental illness but also to improve awareness of mental health.

CMHA is a national not-for-profit charitable organization with about 150 offices across Canada. In Alberta, CMHA has a provincial division office in Edmonton, the Centre for Suicide Prevention in Calgary, and eight regional offices (Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Camrose, Red Deer, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge).

CMHA regional offices actively support the mental health needs of Albertans of all ages —in homes, schools, workplaces and communities across Alberta.


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