“Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day.

“With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to mental health care has become more challenging. At the same time, needs have been increasing.

“The mental wellness of Albertans continues to be a top priority for Alberta’s government. We know that in order to recover from the pandemic and the accompanying economic uncertainty it has brought, we must support mental wellness for the long term.

“Alberta’s COVID Mental Health Action Plan invests more than $53 million to enhance online, phone and in-person mental health and addiction recovery supports for Albertans – an investment that is more than any other province in Canada. This is in addition to the $140 million already committed over four years to implement a new addiction and mental health strategy.

“These investments help make mental health support available whenever – and wherever – you need it.

“It’s also important that we continue to be there for each other. Reach out to friends, family and neighbours to lend a hand and support each other’s mental health. We will get through these tough times together.

“On #WorldMentalHealthDay, please reach out for help if you need it. Call the confidential, 24-7 Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642 for support, information and referrals.”

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