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How We Can Help
Through our range of services we aim to help build a community of hope, support and inclusion for people with mental illness. Our services include:
Bounce Back: Reclaim your healthTM: an evidence-based program designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety. The program offers two forms of help: DVD and workbook-based telephone coaching. It's available in English and Chinese.
Living Life to the Full course: a skill-based course that helps adults get the most out of life. It will enable you to broaden and refine your resources for tackling everyday problems and help you learn how to enhance your coping skills when dealing with life’s ups and downs so that you feel happier and more in control of your life.
Mental Health First Aid course: a course offering skills to provide people developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
Employment Services Database: A searchable online catalogue of about 4000 services from over 400 agencies that can help people with mental illness search for employment supports in their community.
Children & Families
- Strongest Families BC: a service for families of children with mild to moderate behaviour problems (ages 3 to 12). Trained coaches and parents work together to solve problems via telephone as parents apply new skills in their daily lives. The program offers flexibility to accommodate the reality of busy work and school schedules for most families.
Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses: an initiative that aims to improve overall mental health, reduce suicidal behaviour and reduce student substance use harms among students on BC campuses. It engages a broad cross-section of stakeholders at BC post-secondary institutions—from students to service providers to faculty and administrators—with a common goal of improving system responses.
Lorne Fraser Educational Fund: a fund helping people with a mental illness further their pursuit of post-secondary education. Several $700 bursaries are awarded each year, as well as a $1000 or $2000 scholarship to two current post-secondary students living with mental illness whose educational and career goals are related to mental health promotion.
Bottom Line Conference: CMHA BC's annual conference bringing together business leaders, policy-makers, researchers, and workers to improve mental health in BC workplaces. Bottom Line 2012 looks at practical steps to a psychologically healthy workplace and takes place February 29 and March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
For My Health!: a new health screening and education event integrating physical and mental health. It's especially well suited for workplaces and is a fun and interactive health event that is free to participants, with risk factor screening, health education and goal-setting—all based on sound evidence.
Workplace Mental Health Education and Training: award-winning workshops delivered by certified trainers that look at a number of workplace mental health issues. Workshops are available in English and French and suitable for managers, union leaders, and employees.
- Connecting the Dots: an innovative project which seeks to promote the mental health of urban Aboriginal youth and families by mobilizing the community to address risk and protective factors influencing mental health. It's implemented locally through Aboriginal Friendship Centres and CMHA branches in several BC urban Aboriginal communities.