Helping you cope during the pandemic

Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Webinar Series:

Courtesy of our AHS partnership we are pleased to share the new webinar series released from Lancet Psychiatry, United for Global Mental Health and other partners on the mental health impacts of COVID-19, including latest evidence.

Every Tuesday. Learn more

Government of Alberta Assistance:

As mentioned in my last update, the Alberta Government has launched a $60 million fund to provide emergency assistance to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations.  Half is designated for organizations like food banks, homeless shelters and women’s shelters.  The rest is for those “looking to help Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic”. This money is being disbursed through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) but projects do not need to follow FCSS program guidelines, or be existing FCSS partners.  The funding has been allocated to local FCSS offices:

  • $7 million to Edmonton

  • $9 million to Calgary FCSS

  • $14 million to Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) to municipalities and Metis Settlements outside of Edmonton and Calgary

You can find out more about the fund, including a fact sheet and criteria overview as well as a request form here.

Service Alberta has also announced Corporate Registry changes that impact charities and non-profits.  They have suspended deadlines to hold annual general meetings and file their annual returns.  These groups will “remain active in Alberta, and will not have their corporations, partnerships, cooperatives or non-profit organizations dissolved due to failing to file annual returns”.  I have been told this has been suspended until June but I could not confirm that online and will call tomorrow in case I can get an answer.

One of the resources still to be launched this week is a guide to volunteering during the pandemic.  I will share it in the next update.  In the meantime, the central page for the Government of Alberta assistance is here.

Parents Empowering Parents

PEP is respecting the physical distancing required and yet we are staying connected with our PEP families. You ARE NOT Alone!

All Chapters are still proceeding through teleconference meetings. 


ALL upcoming  Family Recovery support meetings until further notice  (except U-turn) will be available via teleconference calls  as per scheduled meeting dates/times on calendar. 


Instructions: Dial in number 780.421.1483 Participant Conference Call Access Code 908871 #  Enter the dial in number and follow the prompts . When prompted enter the Access code and the #key.


In the event you are not connected, stay on the line for TELUS assistance.  If you require assistance during the conference press * and 0 for TELUS assistance.

U-turn is available by calling the Support Line 780.293.0737 or email info@pepsociety.ca  for email instructions to connect to  lead facilitator Shannon. 

Check our website for updates.
Call our Family Support line anytime 780.293.0737

Psychologists Association of Alberta-
Disaster Response Network

We are offering help to Albertans who are experiencing distress due to the COVID-19 Pandemic . Our Disaster Response Network members are offering pro-bono services of 1-3 sessions for health care providers and first-responders traumatized by recent events.

Call 780.424.0924

Toll free 1.888.424.0297

email paa@paa-ab.ca

Schozophrenia Society of Alberta

SSA Support Programs for those living with schizophrenia and their family members and caregivers can be safely accessed from home through our Online and Conference call formats.


Each SSA branch now has both Online and Conference call support groups scheduled, so that all those affected by schizophrenia can still connect and support one another through these difficult times. Contact the branch nearest you to get more information on how you can easily access these programs. The branch Online Programs are in addition to our regular Online Programs.


Individual Telephone Support is also available for those living with schizophrenia and their family members at all SSA branches during regular working hours.


Find Branch contact information

View our updated program calendars

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