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Volunteering is an excellent way to broaden your social support network and keep your mind active by learning new things. It is an easy way to build connections with your local community; it also gives you an opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, make a positive difference, and feel good about yourself.
Most nonprofit organizations rely on the dedication of volunteers. Mental health charities are no different. The Canadian Mental Health Association relies on volunteers to help provide programs to the thousands of people who depend on its services.
You can be an advocate for people with mental illness by fulfilling a volunteer role, or simply when interacting with friends, students, family or other members of your community. There is an ongoing need to publicly dispel myths and support mental health initiatives through letters to the media and MLAs.
Volunteering and advocacy benefit you and help strengthen Alberta’s mental health sector.
Contact your local office of the Canadian Mental Health Association to find out about volunteer opportunities that exist there.