May 11, 2021

PODCAST: Episode #043: Building Resilience Amidst Uncertainty—The State of Mental Health in Alberta

As many Albertans experienced the devastating loss of loved ones; the loneliness of social distancing; the disruption to work and home life; and compounding responsibilities of childcare and homeschool, the toll that this past year has taken on mental health has been significant and notable.

But just how significant has the impact been?

Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of the Calgary Counselling Centre, returns to the show to share some recent data and insights into this question. She shares her research on the current state of mental health in Alberta, shifts in the core distresses from pre-COVID, and why uncertainty—of where we can go, of when we will be able to see our friends and family again, of when we might return to “normalcy”—underscores much of the mental health distress over the past year.

Dr. Babins-Wagner explores the important connection between employer and employee to overall positive mental well-being; why economic recovery is key to improving outcomes in Alberta right now; and practical advice to leaders to reach out to their teams to normalize conversations around mental health, help manage uncertainty, and create much-needed human connections.

Resources & Support

If you are struggling right now, reach out for help and get connected to resources and support.

Emergency Support:

  • Emergency – 911
  • Addiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322
  • Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642

Important Phone/Text Numbers:

  • Community Resources – 211 Alberta
  • Health Link – 811
  • Crisis Text Line – Text CONNECT to 741741
  • Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818
  • Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135
  • Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
  • MyHealth.Alberta.ca: List of Important Numbers
  • Physician & Family Support Program – 1-877-767-463

Additional Resources: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/page16759.aspx

In this episode:

  • Current state of mental health in Alberta—positive, challenging, and uncertain
  • How COVID has shifted challenges related to mental health
  • Importance of the employer-employee relationship to positive mental well-being
  • Practical tips for leaders to support employees
  • Importance of economic recovery to improving mental health outcomes
  • Long-term implications of COVID on mental health
  • Building a strategy for long-term mental health support for Albertans

Resources mentioned

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