Outreach workers with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) said it can be challenging for people living on the streets with mental health issues to get the help they need. Often, they are faced with the stigma around mental health and addictions.
“I think there’s a lot of fear,” said Kayla Johnson, team lead of community outreach services with CMHA in Calgary. “People don’t understand mental health and don’t understand what individuals are experiencing and what the symptoms are and how to support an individual.”
Now, a Calgary company called Stresscase is hoping to lend support by raising funds to make SOS Kits that will be delivered by outreach workers. They include handmade wool socks, soap, deodorant, lip balm and hand warmers. The products are all made by local companies.