Redesigning Mental Health

Redesigning Mental Health 

Just inside, the floor-to-ceiling glass entry gives way to a colourful welcome centre, complete with plush chairs and handmade artwork adorning the walls.

It looks not unlike an Apple store, picture windows and all, though rather than blue-shirted “geniuses,” visitors are met by cheerful, young peer-support workers ready to engage those with mental health issues who come in seeking solace.

“Most of the people that walk in have had some connection with the formal system, and our job is really to be that space in-between and really encourage people to understand that there are lots of individuals that are out there in the community that have had a recovery journey,” says Laureen MacNeil, CMHA Calgary’s executive director, who has been with the organization for the past six years.