Mental health problems disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations such as the poor, disabled, homeless and unemployed. 32% of individuals with low incomes have problems with depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems, vs. 16% of those with higher incomes.
Existing barriers to care—including the lack of available treatment resources, an intervention model predicated on formal medical diagnosis and the cost of treatment from psychologists—put treatment out of reach for many.
Our Social Program targets these populations and the front-line workers who serve them. The primary goal of the program is to equip participants with the skills they need to independently deal with life’s stressors. We provide mindfulness-based interventions for clients with mental illness. We also reach out to health workers with workshops designed to help them cope with the significant challenges they face daily.
Our social programs are supported in part by continuing education we provide to front line workers and professionals in all the helping professions.
Grand Challenges Canada grant program
Most recently, the Centre was awarded a Grand Challenges Canada grant, the first in mindfulness, to develop and launch an innovative mindfulness program for youth in the Philippines in conjunction with local education, child psychology and government leaders. Based on the measured success of the first phase the program will be expanded across more of the country.
Our Bursary Program is one way that we reach out to members of the community with affordability and access issues. Thanks to the generous support of the Fourth Box Charitable Foundation, we are able to reserve spaces in each of our mindfulness-based therapy courses for bursary recipients. See our Bursary page for more info, including eligibility requirements.