Improve mental heath and wellness
That's what we're doing with $1.41 bilion
Make mental health support more accessible
The impact of a $3.5-million gift to the Faculty of Arts from alumni Dr. Lori Egger, BA’87, MSc’90, PhD’94, and Steve Laut, BSc (Eng)’79, extends far beyond campus. As a valuable resource not only for students, but also for those who need care, the state-of-the-art University of Calgary Psychology Clinic supports mental-health initiatives in the community, providing affordable support to anyone in the city, regardless of their background or income.
Foster children’s mental well-being
The Norlien/Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Parent Infant Mental Health is the first research chair in the Faculty of Nursing’s history. It is co-funded by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Norlien Foundation, a private Alberta-based organization that initiates strategic partnerships in the area of childhood development, addiction and mental health.
Deepen research in ADD/ADHD and autism spectrum disorder
A $10-million gift from Calgary philanthropists Stan and Marge Owerko to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation created a new research space at the university’s Child Development Centre, dedicated to studying neurodevelopment and child mental health, including disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and autism spectrum.
Support student resiliency
Recognizing an important need and touched by the tragedy in Brentwood that claimed five young lives, the Simpson family gave $5 million to launch UCalgaryStrong, an initiative to foster the development of students across all aspects of their well-being, from Orientation Week to convocation. One of the most comprehensive programs of its kind at a Canadian university, UCalgaryStrong integrates elements of student personal wellness, leadership and engagement, enabling students to identify their unique talents and strengths, as well as empowering them to seek out help when needed.