Today, as one of Calgary’s largest social impact agencies, carya supports thousands of community members through comprehensive low-or no-cost programs and services across the city. Each year, carya provides critical programs and services to thousands of Calgarians where they need us most.
Our Vision: Strong families and communities to reach their potential
Our Mission: Engaging individuals, families and communities to reach their potential.
Focus Areas: Carya’s programs and services focus on four main interconnected pillars:
Now more than ever, Calgarians are facing a multitude of challenges that impact their quality of life and mental well-being. External stressors, particularly in a post-pandemic world, are leaving community members with significantly increased levels of stress, depression, and anxiety while having limited access to affordable mental health resources.
In 2022, carya’s team of experts provided over 18,500 counselling sessions to nearly 2,800 Calgarians in need with data indicating significant improvement in mental well-being among participants. However, there are many more people waiting to access carya’s services. carya is facing increased demand and increased complexity of needs while at the same time, facing stagnant or decreased government funding. This means that wait times to access these critical services continue to grow.
By working with individuals and families from various locations across the city, including virtual sessions, carya works to reduce barriers and provides affordable mental health supports when and where community members need them.
1. Counselling Services
Through evidence-based models for managing conflict, depression, anxiety, and more, carya looks for strengths in clients and approaches every situation without blame or judgment. carya strives to provide a variety of counselling programs and services to meet the evolving needs of individuals, families, and older adults in the community. Where possible, carya may even be able to pair a multi-lingual counsellor with individuals who are English Language Learners, conducting sessions in the individual’s or family’s preferred language.
2. Group Programs
Beyond formal counselling services, carya offers a variety of group programs that focus on providing support in areas such as grief and loss, anxiety management, unpacking emotions, and more. These programs focus on building resiliency, mitigating mental health crises, and enhancing mental well-being.
With your investment, carya will be there for Calgarians when and where they need it most. Your support will help to embed key prevention programs to build resilience and provide comprehensive mental health and counselling services for individuals and families in your community.
To learn more about carya‘s impact on the community, visit the Our Impact page on our website.