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Hope4Ukraine launches as a free text-based mental health resource for Canadians

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Free mental health program Hope 4 Ukraine

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Free messaging service provides positive support and tools in four languages.

We are excited to launch Hope4Ukraine. Text messages are affordable and can be delivered to many simultaneously we've an unprecedented opportunity to close the treatment gap across Alberta and Canada.”
— Deborah McKinnon
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, March 22, 2022 / -- Hope4Ukraine is a new program including free, positive care for Canadians in four languages: Ukrainian, Russian, French, and English. The program follows the success of Text4Hope, which launched as a free service for Albertans during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today, the Mental Health Foundation, in partnership with the RBC Foundation, Qualico, the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University and the Global Psychological eHealth Foundation are proud to launch the new program. The initiative is led by Dr. Vincent Agyapong, a Professor of Psychiatry and Global Mental Health and an international leader in mobile health. Dr. Agyapong states “I am proud to be launching this new program, which provides support and access to resources through text messages. It is a timely and meaningful way to reach people experiencing mental health challenges. Many past subscribers report benefiting from past programs and seen improved connectedness, hope, ability to manage anxiety and depression, and overall well-being.”

Deborah McKinnon, President and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation said “We are very excited to be launching Hope4Ukraine. Following our success with Text4Hope, we know this program will be well received as an innovative and accessible strategy to enhance mental health services. Given that text messages are affordable and can be delivered to thousands of people simultaneously we have an unprecedented opportunity to close the treatment gap across Alberta and Canada.”

Mike Saunders, Senior Vice President of Qualico Properties and Vice Chair of the Mental Health Foundation Board of Trustees, commented that “We value bringing people together and supporting important projects contributing to healthy lives. We are proud to be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation once again.”

Anyone feeling increased anxiety, stress, or depression about the war in Ukraine can subscribe to Hope4Ukraine. In English text “Hope4Ukraine” to 393939. In Ukrainian, Russian and French text the relevant keyword to 1-855-450-2266. The keywords are: Україна (Ukrainian), Украина (Russian), or Espoir4Ukraine (French).

Rolando Inzunza
Mental Health Foundation
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