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Mental Health Programs Save Lives

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Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser Branch offers many programs for adults and youth.

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser Branch, offers a variety of programs for adults and youth/children from all walks of life. Programs are designed to help you get back on your feet so you can live your best life. We’ve worked with thousands of people who have participated in our programs, who now have resources, coping and resilience building skills, and who have found new purpose in their lives. 

We encourage you to contact our office to see what program is the best fit for you or your loved one today.

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Get Set & Connect

Get Set & Connect is a peer-driven program designed for adults who have lived experience with a mental health concern and/or substance use issue.

The program focuses on enhancing mental health and well-being through leisure and/or volunteer activities in the community. The goals are to encourage community inclusion and build meaningful connections.


Responding with Respect Workshops

CMHA VF offers two workshops for organizations - Responding with Respect: Workplace Mental Health Skills - one specific to Managers and one for Employees. These workshops are designed to build knowledge and skills to support an employee when they are struggling with what may be a mental health challenge, or with a situation that is affecting their mental health. You don’t need to become a mental health expert to support your colleagues or your teams.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified feelings of stress and anxiety, causing alarming levels of despair, suicidal thoughts and hopelessness within our local community, and across Canada.

If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue – we are here to help! 

Connection with others through peer-led leisure activities

1:1 leisure and volunteer access coaching

Independent and group volunteer exploration

Have respectful conversations using the 4R Action Toolkit®

Additional Mental Health Help Opportunities for Adults

Adult Mental Health Programs

BounceBack®
 
BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness. 

Participants learn skills to help combat unhelpful thinking, manage worry and anxiety, and become more active and assertive. Bounce Back® offers an instructional DVD with practical tips on recognizing and dealing with depressive symptoms and a series of educational workbooks with trained telephone coaches. Over 90% of participants say they would recommend it to a friend or family member. More information is available at www.bouncebackbc.ca.
Chinese Mental Health Programs (Happy Seniors)
 

The Chinese Mental Health Promotion Program reduces the sense of isolation and feelings of loneliness amongst adults within the Chinese community. The program improves lives by increasing awareness of mental health issues, promoting wellness through interactive leisure activities and educational forums while reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.

The program has hosted monthly support groups in Cantonese and Mandarin, has held depression/anxiety screenings and large festival events, and with the help of community partners, has facilitated workshops on a variety of topics such as grievance, managing stress, and understanding emotions. The program includes a component entitled “Happy Seniors,” which provides programming specific to the unique needs of Cantonese and Mandarin speaking seniors.

Peer Navigator Program
 
The Peer Navigator team recognizes how challenging it can be to navigate systems of support, find and access resources that meet each person’s specific needs, and how hard it can feel to ask for assistance. The Peer Navigators draw on personal lived-experience, training and education to work alongside and encourage program participants in a goal- and recovery-oriented space. Working with our Peer Navigators, individuals can develop and practice your self-advocacy skills & celebrate individual strengths.
Echo Program
 
ECHO Burnaby Clubhouse supports individuals in their rehabilitation and recovery journey through holistic services that range from vocational (job, volunteering, education), leisure and recreation, health and wellness, to personal education. ECHO builds personal efficacy around wellness and provides a safe place to connect, reducing isolation and increasing well-being. ECHO’s programming is based on the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Recovery-Centered Clinical Systems, and Therapeutic Recreation. Embracing these philosophies ensures our program remains person-centered, and member-driven.
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Wonderful course! I feel I have a path I can follow when I feel someone needs help. I was hoping for a few tools during this course and walked away with an entire tool chest including manuals and plans.

Adult Support Groups

Three virtual support groups are available at no cost to participants. Groups are facilitated by peers or co-lead by peers and a Registered Counsellor or Masters students in Social Work or Counselling Psychology, supported by staff and volunteers.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Adult Wellness Group
 
Held 2x/month, participants include adults who may have OCD and supporting family.  This is the only group of its kind in our service region.  Sessions are held on zoom, supervised by a clinical counsellor. A screening interview is required to participate.
A Young Adult OCD Group
 
Held on the 4th Wednesday of every month run by young adult volunteers with lived experience, supervised by a clinical counsellor. A screening interview is required to participate.
Mental Health Resiliency Support Group
 
Held bi-weekly, this group is facilitated by peers and counsellors trained in life skills and coaching. Members benefit from the support offered by other attendees, plus the skill building focus brought by the counsellors.

Volunteer Program

Studies show that regular volunteer activity can have a positive effect on mental and physical health.  Volunteering with CMHA VF provides the opportunity to build skills, learn more about mental health and meet new people, while helping build a more caring community.  We are a volunteer-driven organization that depends on the help of volunteers to promote mental wellness, provide services to those in need and carry out our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of our current opportunities please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteervf@cmha.bc.ca.

Mental Health Programs that work for EVERYONE

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Adult Mental Health Programs

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health or substance use disorder in their lifetime. We are here to walk with you on your journey to mental health.

Mental Health Programs that work for EVERYONE

About the CMHA-VF
 

As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness or addiction. By offering community-based mental health education, services, and supports for children, youth, adults and seniors, CMHA Vancouver-Fraser contributes to the long-term health and wellbeing of our communities.

We have three pillars of work.


Wellness and Community Inclusion – We walk alongside people living with mental illness. We support them in reaching their hopes and dreams and living full and contributing lives in their communities.

Early Intervention and Prevention – We increase young peoples’ mental health knowledge while helping them develop skills to maintain positive mental health and develop confidence to ask for help when they need it.


Mental Health Promotion – Mental health includes habits and behaviours that build positive mental health, social support networks that we can count on and that have a strong connection to our community. CMHA helps people with these aspects of living a mentally healthy life and reduces the stigma related to mental illness.

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