A tool supporting mental health and wellness in a time of stress and isolation.
Feeling stress, anxiety and depression due to the COVID-19 crisis? We can help.
The University Hospital Foundation, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Calgary Health Trust, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, is supporting a new Alberta Health Services program Text4Hope – a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists.
An Alberta-based innovation, Text4Hope is an evidence-based tool that helps people identify and adjust the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours a pandemic might be expected to provoke.
Through a set of daily messages, people receive advice and encouragement helpful in developing healthy personal coping skills and resiliency.
Community members simply subscribe to receive ongoing supportive content. There is no cost.
How to Connect
Text4Hope works with any cellphone. Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.
The program provides one-way communication and does not replace other mental health therapies and supports. It is a helpful option for people in self-isolation who can’t access face-to-face services, as well as those in remote locations.
All mental health support lines remain open. For details on what is available in your health region, visit this AHS resource.