(This article first appeared on the CMHA Alberta website)
Welcome to the Canadian Mental Health Association Election 2019 Tool Kit. The Tool Kit has been designed to provide you with materials to support your efforts in advocating for better mental health outcomes in Alberta.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division is happy to be a voice advocating for the mental health of all Albertans during the provincial election of 2019. This election, we hope you make mental health a priority and discuss with your candidates the importance of mental health, mental illness and addictions services in your community.
We are grateful for the operational expertise of CMHA’s nine affiliate regions throughout Alberta. Opportunities and projects of provincial scope have come into focus through active engagement with the Government of Alberta and other provincial partners. These partnerships demonstrate strong connections between CMHA in Alberta and the needs represented by Albertans.
Typically, tool kits focus on three to four key messages. Mental health has become a topic of interest in Alberta among policy makers and the broad spectrum of sectors representing all Albertans. This has created a need for a broader set of key messages because of the pervasive nature of mental illness and addictions within our population.
Many pages in this tool kit can be copied and used as one-pagers to leave behind with candidates and community members. We encourage you to pick and choose, copy and paste, select and reformat the information contained in this kit to help you support better mental health outcomes for all Albertans.
The Red Deer Advocate has published a listing of local candidate forums.