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February is Psychology Month!

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context.

Like a medical doctor, individuals and families may seek the expertise and guidance of a registered psychologist or other clinicians over their l­­ife-time to support their overall well-being.

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being in the community of Calgary. Now more than ever, Calgarians are facing a multitude of challenges that impact their quality of life and mental well-being. External stressors, particularly in a post-pandemic world, leave community members with significantly increased levels of stress, depression, and anxiety while having limited access to affordable mental health resources.

Raising awareness and supporting mental health is essential as the city grows and evolves. That is why carya is highlighting Psychology Month, which is celebrated every February to honour the contributions of psychologists and how psychology works to improve mental well-being and create happy and healthy communities.

It’s important to note that mental health is not a one-time issue and requires ongoing attention and support. At carya, we believe it’s crucial to spread awareness about Calgary’s available resources and support systems for individuals and families struggling with mental health. This includes access to services, support groups, and educational resources.

carya offers low or no-cost mental health and counselling services. This matters now more than ever as it works to reduce barriers in our community and provides affordable mental health supports when and where community members need them.

The need for counselling services is in high demand within our community, and waitlists happen. carya, understands the need for alternatives, so beyond formal counselling services, we offer a variety of group programs. For many, these programs are proactive steps towards mental well-being and can serve as an alternative or intermediate option for those seeking counselling who have been placed on a waitlist. During group sessions, many participants make meaningful connections with their peers which helps develop natural support and an increased sense of belonging.

At carya, we know that Mental health matters. We are honoured to highlight great initiatives like Psychology Month as it provides an opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of mental health and the role of psychology in promoting and maintaining good mental health.

The public can support these efforts by seeking help when needed, supporting non-profits and social impact agencies like carya, which focus on mental health and well-being, and spreading awareness about the available resources and support systems in Calgary.

If you or your organization are looking to make a meaningful contribution, please contact Tiffany Stevenson, Director of Social Impact, at 403-205-2525.