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MIND MATTERS VOL.103 JUNE 2012

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Welcome to MIND MATTERS, a free e-newsletter produced by the Canadian Mental Health Association's BC Division (CMHA) and delivered monthly to your inbox. In MIND MATTERS, we offer news, resources and programs and events from CMHA BC Division, 19 CMHA branches across BC and other like-minded organizations committed to the mental health of British Columbians.


CMHA NEWS:

Mind Matters Survey
Lorne Fraser Educational Fund Accepting Applications – Deadline June 30
4th Annual CMHA Community Bike Ride – June 24
Randy Charach Comedy Show Fundraiser – July 4, 11, 18 & 25
CMHA Richmond Branch Program Catches International Eye
North Shore Health & Wellness Seminars
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Get Set and Connect Orientations
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Mandarin Emotional Health Support Group – June 13

FEATURED PROGRAM:

Have A Mental Illness and Thinking of Higher Education? The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund May Be Able to Help

RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

Bipolar Symptoms May Begin in Adolescent Years
App Shines Light on Mental Health Patients’ Moods in UK
Berries May Preserve Memory

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CMHA Applauds The First Mental Health Strategy for Canada
Network Calls on Province to Increase Disability Benefit Rates
Have Your Say on Youth Mental Health Services
The Home Depot Canada Foundation Grants Program – Deadline June 15
3M Leadership Award Call for Nominations – Deadline June 22
Moving Lives Forward Scholarships – Deadline June 30

NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES:

Rainier Community for Women Accepting Referrals
Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers
Take Care with Cannabis – A Harm Reduction Initiative
First Nations’ Suicide Prevention Guide Celebrates Diversity
New LGBTQ2S Resources
The NFB and TVO Launch Interactive Web Documentary on Suicide
At Home/Chez Soi and NFB Launch Web Documentary on Homelessness
Psychopia – Short Documentary on Schizophrenia

PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS:

Movie Mondays in Victoria
Mental Health Family Education Group in Korean
 ‘in the know’: Laughter in Challenging Times – June 14
‘Frames of Mind’ – Young Freud in Gaza – June 20
Psychiatric Conditions and Metabolic Syndrome – June 28

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:

Workplace Mental Health Education and Training
Upcoming Living Life to the Full Courses

CONFERENCES:

Canadian Clubhouse Conference in Charlottetown – July 4-7
CONFERence on Behaviour Health for Women in San Diego  – July  17-19


CMHA NEWS:

Mind Matters Survey ^
Let us know how we’re doing! What can we do to make Mind Matters better? Are there topics you would like for us to cover more of? Less of? Please complete this 5-minute survey and you can enter to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. Thank you! www.surveymonkey.com/s/XB8T2HG.

Lorne Fraser Educational Fund Accepting Applications – Deadline June 30 ^
Each year, the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund awards several bursaries to people with a mental illness to help further their pursuit of post-secondary education. Bursary amounts, $700 each, are based on the annual interest of the fund and are awarded for the fall term of each year. In addition to the bursary program, a new scholarship program annually awards $1000 or $2000 to two current post-secondary students living with mental illness, whose educational and career goals are related to mental health promotion. Deadline for applications is June 30. Visit www.cmha.bc.ca/lornefraser to learn more.

4th Annual Community Bike Ride – June 24 ^
CMHA BC Division, Vancouver-Burnaby Branch and North & West Vancouver Branch are excited to partner with Ride Don’t Hide for the 4th Annual Community Bike Ride on June 24. Much like local running races, this is a morning event that brings together hundreds of cyclists of all levels to enjoy a ride through Vancouver and Burnaby and raise money to support mental health services in their community. Riders will enjoy a festive send off to ride along a scenic route, supported by our ride marshalls and volunteers along the journey. After the ride, participants will enjoy healthy treats and entertainments. There will be live music, face painting for kids, bike tune up and some cycling displays and mental wellness information for everyone. Early bird registration is $30 and closes on June 17. Regular registration is $35 and same day registration is $40. For more information go to www.cmhacommunityride.ca.

Randy Charach Comedy Show Fundraiser – July 4, 11, 18 & 25 ^
Comedian Randy Charach is having a limited engagement of 4 shows at the Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Theatre, 2837 Cambie St., Vancouver, with the proceeds going to CMHA BC. The shows will be on July 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 8pm. Tickets are available for $20 at www.comedypsychic.com/tickets, and $25 at the door.

CMHA Richmond Branch Program Catches International Eye ^
A unique CMHA Richmond Branch program focused on kids supporting kids and parents supporting parents in families with mental health issues has generated interest from professional around the world. What makes Resilient Kids so unique is the collaboration between various provincial bodies and nonprofit organizations, which work together to enhance the lives of those living with mental illness, as well as their families. The community of professionals builds collaboration between mental health services, Ministry for Children and Families and community agencies to help ensure families do not fall between the cracks. Read the full news article at www.richmond-news.com. For more information about Resilient Kids and the adolescent program Life Lessons, call the CMHA Richmond Branch at 604-276-8834 or visit www.richmond.cmha.bc.ca.

North Shore Health & Wellness Seminars ^
Every Wednesday, CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch hosts free, public lectures on a range of health and wellness topics. Lectures begin at 7pm on the 2nd Floor of John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver. Admission by donation. For more information call Janyse Hrynkow at 604-987-6959 local 232 or visit www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca.

  • June 13: Calming the Anxious Mind: Mindfulness in Everyday life
  • June 20: Balancing Moods Naturally
  • June 27: Holism in Traditional Chinese Medicine – How Body, Mind, and Spirit are one

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Get Set and Connect Orientations ^
The CMHA Get Set & Connect Program is designed to help individuals living with mental illness, make connections and form meaningful relationships with other individuals through activities in the community. Each person in the program will work one on one with a Leisure and Volunteer Community Access Coach and will have opportunities to participate in groups activities. There will also be social gatherings twice a month, to showcase success, learn about program opportunities, share leisure and volunteer resources and meet other people. Visit www.vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca for more details on registration.

  • June 12: 6:30pm at Barclay Manor, 1447 Barclay Street, Vancouver
  • June 26: 3pm at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Ave, Vancouver

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Mandarin Emotional Health Support Group – June 13 ^
The free Mandarin Emotional Health Support Group meets once a month with a wide range of activities including but not limited to presentations on improving mental wellness. Those in the support group can share experiences in living with emotional health issues and provide mutual support and caring. The group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7-9pm at #110-2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver. The next meeting is on June 13, with the topic, What a Disease-free Lifestyle Is. For enquiry or registration contact Stella Lee at 604-872-4902 or 604-603-0332 or email stella.lee.vb@cmha.bc.ca.

Featured Program:

Have A Mental Illness and Thinking of Higher Education? The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund May Be Able to Help ^
For many adults with a mental illness, this month is the time to look forward to returning to higher education as June 30 marks the application deadline for the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund.This year marks the 30th anniversary of this special fund, during which time over 140 British Columbians have been supported to pursue their educational dreams.

The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund, administered by the CMHA’s BC Division, awards bursaries and scholarships to British Columbians with a mental illness to help further their pursuit of post-secondary education. Bursaries of $700 and scholarships of $1000 or $2000 are drawn from the annual interest of the fund and go directly to cover tuition and textbook/materials costs at the post-secondary institute chosen by the successful candidates. The bursaries and scholarships are presented by the fund’s founder, Lorne Douglas Fraser, at CMHA BC Division’s Annual General Meeting in September.

Many students have their schooling interrupted by an episode of depression, anxiety disorder or another mental illness, and it can be hard to get back on track and get the skills for employment. That’s why Lorne Fraser started the fund in 1982.

“Lorne Fraser is a remarkable champion for the mental health movement,” says Bev Gutray, Executive Director of CMHA BC Division. “Through personal experience with mental illness, he has seen first-hand the positive effects education and a career can have on self-esteem and quality of life. Lorne started this fund with money from his own pocket and continues to be a driving force in the growth of the fund so that even more people can pursue higher education.”

Recipients for the scholarship or bursaries must be 19 years of age, living in BC, receiving therapeutic support for a mental disorder, and not receiving other significant financial support. For more details and the application form, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/lornefraser.

Want to help even more pursue their educational dreams? Donate at www.cmha.bc.ca/donate.

RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

Bipolar Symptoms May Begin in Adolescent Years ^
According to a US study, the number of teenagers who have experienced mania, a hallmark of bipolar disorder, is close to the number of adults estimated to have the mood disorder, suggesting that for many the condition begins during adolescence. The study included more than 10,000 teenagers who went through extensive interviews about their moods and behaviour. The researchers found that 2.5% met the criteria for having had mania and depression, and 2.2% had experienced it with the last 12 months. The study’s author concluded that the important thing is for people to recognize that mania does occur in adolescents. Read the news article at www.canada.com. Read the study at www.archpsyc.jamanetwork.com.

App Shines Light on Mental Health Patients’ Moods in UK ^
A digital tool that prompts users to share their daily thoughts is helping to strengthen the links between therapists and clients. Using simple text messaging, Buddy allows service users to keep a daily diary of what they are doing and how they are feeling, and helps to identify and reinforce positive behaviours to aid their recovery. Buddy has been piloted in London among a range of different users, including people with depression and anxiety disorders and military veterans with mental health difficulties. One of the main advantages of Buddy is that, as it encourages more participation in their treatment, patients are more likely to attend their appointments. A six-month evaluation of the tool last year found a 40% increase in satisfaction with therapy, 30% of respondents reported improvements in wellbeing, and there was a compliance rate of 76% in responding to text message. Read the full news article at www.guardian.co.uk.

Berries May Preserve Memory ^
A new US study suggests that eating berries often may help slow age-related memory loss. Women with the highest intake of blueberries or strawberries showed about 1.5 to 2.5 years of delays in cognitive aging such as thinking, remembering and reasoning abilities. This study took place over 6 years with researchers measuring the cognitive function of 16,010 women in telephone interviews about every 2 years. The participants were tested on their recall or the order of words or numbers in a list or highlights of a paragraph that was just read to them. They also filled in detailed diet questionnaires from 1976 to 2001. Those in the highest berry consumption also tended to have higher levels of physical activity and income compared with those who ate the fewest berries. Factors such as education and smoking were also taken into account in the analysis. The researchers concluded that these findings potentially have substantial public health implications, as increasing berry intake represents a fairly simple dietary modification. Read the full news article at www.cbc.ca. Read the study at www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CMHA Applauds The First Mental Health Strategy for Canada ^
The Mental Health Commission of Canada recently released the first national mental health strategy with the purpose to help improve mental health and well-being for all people living in Canada and to create a mental health system that can truly meet the needs of people of all ages living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families. This strategy draws on the experience, knowledge and advice of thousands of people across the country and provides an opportunity for everyone’s efforts to help bring about change. Read the full report and more at www.mentalhealthcommission.ca. Read our response at www.cmha.bc.ca.

Network Calls on Province to Increase Disability Benefit Rates ^
The Ministry of Social Development recently announced changes to disability benefits including an increase from $500 per month to $800 per month in the earnings exemption and greater flexibility around earnings calculations. Monthly assistance rates, however, remain unchanged. While the government’s changes to income assistance are welcome, they fail to address the real problem, says the Disability Without Poverty Network. They are calling on the Province of BC to increase the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Benefit to reflect the cost of living in this province. The Network proposes an increase to the PWD rate to a minimum of $1200 per month to better reflect the actual cost of living in BC and to bring the rates in line with other vulnerable groups such as seniors. The Disability Without Poverty Network includes the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL), BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD), Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA), Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) and Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC).Read the press release at www.cmha.bc.ca. To learn more about the recent changes to income assistance, visit www2.news.gov.bc.ca.

Have Your Say on Youth Mental Health Services ^
Are you the parent or primary caregiver of a 16 to 24 year-old youth with a mental health problem? If so, you can have a voice through a project on youth mental health services that is underway through the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth.

The Office of the Representative is gathering input from parents and other caregivers of youth with mental health problems using an online survey that will be available on the CMHA BC website on June 14. The survey asks questions about experiences with mental health services for youth ages 16 to 18, as well as questions about what services parents would like to see. We are particularly interested in your thoughts about service accessibility and the planning processes for youth leaving a hospital/residential treatment facility and for youth transitioning to adulthood. If you are the parent of a youth with a mental health problem who is now between the ages of 19 and 24, we want to hear about your experiences when your child was between the ages of 16 and 18.

The information shared by parents will be used in the project’s public report that will include recommendations on how to improve mental health services for youth ages 16 to 18. The survey will be available on-line through a link on the CMHA BC website from Thursday, June 14 to Friday, June 29,  2012.

The Representative for Children and Youth is an independent officer of the BC Legislature. Responsibilities of the Representative include advocating for children and youth, protecting their rights, and helping to improve the system of support for children and youth, particularly those who are most vulnerable. For more information on the Representative, visit www.rcybc.ca.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation Grants Program – Deadline June 15 ^
The Home Depot Canada Foundation provides support to Canadian registered charities completing affordable housing initiatives and neighbourhood improvement projects. The maximum grant awarded through their Community Grants program is $5000 and applications are accepted year-round for this program. The Affordable Housing Grant program offers grants of up to $25,000 and this program is now accepting grant applications until June 15. For more information, visit www.homedepot.ca/foundation.

3M Leadership Award Call for Nominations – Deadline June 22 ^
The 3M Leadership Award is calling for nominations. Nominees should be an employee or volunteer with a charity, nonprofit, or social enterprise that operates outside the formal health care field. They also must have demonstrated leadership to improve the health of their community by focusing on at least one of the underlying social and economic factors that influence health. No self- nominations are permitted and the deadline for nominations if June 22. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, visit www.healthnexus.ca.

Moving Lives Forward Scholarships – Deadline June 30 ^
Opening the door to educational opportunities is a positive way for people with mental illnesses ushc as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to realise their potential. The Moving Lives Forward Scholarship is offered by Eli Lilly Canada, the BC Schizophrenia Society and the Mood Disorders Association of BC, to help people acquire the educational or vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society and help them move forward with their lives. They are offering 6 scholarships of $750 and 2 scholarships of $1500. For information on eligibility and application, visit www.bcss.org (PDF).

NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES:

Rainier Community for Women Accepting Referrals ^
The Rainier houses a low barrier, abstinence based residential community and is a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and PHS Community Services Society. The program is open to all self identified women over 19 years of age who are connect to the downtown eastside community. The Rainier offers a selection of holistic programs that includes yoga and meditation, and recovery-based programs such as Seeking Safety (group treatment for PTSD and substance use) and SMART. They also offer writing groups, health sessions, life skills, grief and loss counselling, and tobacco cessation. The Rainier is always accepting referrals. Women can self refer by going to the Rainier and filling out a referral form at the front desk. If someone you know may be interested in the Rainier Program or would like a tour please contact jackier@phs.ca or 604-684-2246 ext. 225, or drop by to Rainier Hotel, 309 Carrall Street, Vancouver.

Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers ^
Mental health problems and illnesses are the leading cause of both short- and long-term disabilities in Canada. To help address this, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has introduced a new tool to protect the mental health of employees. Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers provides steps and actions that are accessible to all Canadian employers. Download the guide at www.mentalhealthcommission.ca (PDF). Read the press release at www.mentalhealthcommission.ca (PDF).
>>Learn more about mental health in the workplace at Bottom Line 2013: Celebrating A New Era in Workplace Mental Health: Putting Standards into Practice on February 27-28, 2013. Visit www.bottomlineconference.ca for more details and to sign up for our e-lerts.

Take Care with Cannabis – A Harm Reduction Initiative ^
A new harm-reduction resource is now available through Vancouver Costal Health to help protect the well-being of people, both young and not-so-young, who smoke cannabis recreationally. Take Care with Cannabis is a clear, concise and accessible resource. It provides safer-use information for people who choose to use cannabis recreationally, and was developed by Vancouver Coastal Health in partnership with the University of Victoria’s Center for Addictions Research. The new resource builds on the findings of a recent Canadian Institutes for Health study that determined more than 1 in 10 adults and approximately 1 in 3 youth reported using cannabis in the last year. Download Take Care with Cannabis at www.vch.ca. To order hard copies, please contact helenka.jedrzejowski@vch.ca.

First Nations’ Suicide Prevention Guide Celebrates Diversity ^
The National Aboriginal Health Organization recently released its report on suicide prevention and “two-spirited” people. First Nations who identify as two-spirit people are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered and prefer the term because they say it reflects the fluid nature of sexual and gender identity and its connection with spiritual and traditional world views. The report reveals that Aboriginals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or two-spirited face homophobia and rejection that may increase their risk of suicide. NAHO acting CEO Simon Brascoupé said in a release, “Two-spirited people were accepted in First Nations communities prior to European contact. Since then there has been a sense that being two-spirited is wrong, resulting in them feeling marginalized and increasingly alienated, sometimes resulting in suicide.” The guide was created to make what is known about suicide prevention and two-spiritedness more accessible. Download the guide at www.naho.ca. Read the news report at www.cbc.ca.

New LGBTQ2S Resources ^
Prism, Vancouver Coastal Health’s clinical, education, information and referral service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities, has compiled a collection of some great LGBTQ2S resources:

The NFB and TVO Launch Interactive Web Documentary on Suicide ^
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and TVO launch The Next Day, a groundbreaking interactive animated documentary constructed from intimate interviews with survivors of near-fatal suicide attempts. In this poetic and profound philosophical exploration, four seemingly ordinary people offer their haunting personal insights into life, the decision to end it, and what comes after. This interactive experience allows audiences to create their own path through a selection of audio interviews with the survivors and poignant animation based on the minimalist illustrations of acclaimed indie comics pioneer John Porcellino. The Next Day is part of Mental Health Matters, TVO’s extensive programming in support of Canadian Mental Health Week. Visit www.nfb.ca/thenextday and www.tvo.org/thenextday to engage with The Next Day.

At Home/Chez Soi and NFB Launch Web Documentary on Homelessness ^
Meet the inspiring people who are part of the Mental Health Commision of Canada’s (MHCC) At Home/Chez Soi research project on mental health and homelessness. Through an original web documentary created by the National Film Board of Canada is partnership with the MHCC, follow the lives of project participants and learn about some of their ongoing successes and challenges. View regularly-released short films, access statistics, and read a blog. Here At Home: In Search of the Real Cost of Homelessness, www.athome.nfb.ca.

Psychopia – Short Documentary on Schizophrenia ^
Psychopia is a 6 ½ minute documentary directed by Ali Virk on recovery from mental illness. Sandra MacKay, an accomplished writer and painter discusses what it has been like for her living with schizophrenia for over 30 years, and how this mental condition has not only opened doors of opportunity for her, but also how it has made her into a stronger person. Watch Psychopia at www.vimeo.com/27794085.

PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS:

Movie Mondays in Victoria ^
Movie Mondays is a weekly event in Victoria supporting those with mental health issues and bringing together the community, providing a positive interface for individuals to learn more about mental health. Movies are shown at 6:30 pm at the Eric Martin Pavilion, in the 1900 block of Fort St. and are free to attend. For more information on Movie Mondays, visit www.moviemonday.ca

  • June 11: The Iron Lady
  • June 18: A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story
  • June 28: A Portrait of Myfanwy Pavelic

Mental Health Family Education Group in Korean ^
The Cross Cultural Mental Health Program is pleased to announce a Mental Health Family Education Group in Korean. Mental Health Family Education Group for Korean Speaking Families meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on the 3rd Floor at 2450 Ontario Street, Vancouver. For registration, please call Christina Seo at 604-709-6501 (ext. 3).

 ‘in the know’: Laughter in Challenging Times – June 14 ^
‘in the know’ is a monthly networking and information sharing session hosted by the FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health. It provides a topic expert on what parents and caregivers really want to know. This offers an opportunity to share so that everyone is ‘in the know’. The sharing session is open to all, please RSVP to forceintheknow@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.forcesociety.com.

‘Frames of Mind’ – Young Freud in Gaza – June 20 ^
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. All screenings are at Pacific Cinematheque Theatre on 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next screening is on June 20 with the film Young Freud in Gaza, a profile on Ayed, a young psychotherapist working the Palestinian Authority’s Clinic for Mental Health. Post-screening discussion with be will be with Dr. Rene Weideman, a registered psychologist with interests in psychotherapy training and individual and group psychotherapy. Visit www.framesofmind.ca for more information.

Psychiatric Conditions and Metabolic Syndrome – June 28 ^
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre’s Pinwheel Education Series give you a chance to learn about key mental health topics from a panel that features experts, parents and youth with lived experience. The format of the series is panel discussion followed by Q&A with the audience. The next free session is on the topic of Psychiatric Conditions and Metabolic Syndrome and will take place on June 28 from 12pm to 1pm. The event is open to everyone and you can participate via teleconference or telehealth. Visit www.keltymentalhealth.ca for more details.

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:

Workplace Mental Health Education and Training ^
CMHA BC offers offers year-round workshops about mental health in the workplace in one to seven-hour presentations. Workshops include the award-winning Complex Issues, Clear Solutions, a workshop for managers about how to identify and help employees living with mental illness, and Awareness of Workplace Mental Health, which helps employees speak out and support each other to reduce fear and stigma. Each presentation is delivered by a Mental Health Works Certified Trainer. To learn more about CMHA BC’s Mental Health Works program, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/mentalhealthworks.

  • Complex Issues Clear Solutions Management Workshop
    July 17, 9am-4:30pm
    This award-winning workshop provides clear strategies and practival tools fro operational managers, HR professionals, and union leaders. Develop your skills and comfort level to more effectively manage employees experiencing emotional distress. Topics include noticing changes in employee behaviour, communicating with the employee, dealing with performance and co-worker responses, and developing accommodations.
    Rate: $295+HST includes refreshments and lunch. There’s a special rate of $260+HST per person if 3 people from the same organisation register at the same time.
  • Advanced Strategies for Managing Workplace Mental Health Workshop
    July 18, 9am-4:30pm
    Building on the approach and skills introduced in “Complex Issues, Clear Solutions”, this workshop enhances your effectiveness in recognizing and addressing mental health issues; supporting employees to stay at work/return to work successfully; meeting the organisation’s wellness and performance objectives; and understanding standards for workplace psychological health and safety. A variety of learning approaches are used, including group discussion, case studies, skills practices, videos, as well as individual reflection and creative thinking.
    Rate: $295+HST includes refreshments and lunch. There’s a special rate of $260+HST per person if 3 people from the same organisation register at the same time.

For more information or to register visit www.cmha.bc.ca, phone 1-800-555-8222 or 604-688-3234 ext 248 or email rose.chen@cmha.bc.ca.

Upcoming Living Life to the Full Courses ^
In eight, enjoyable 90-minute sessions – one per week – Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) helps people to make a difference to their lives. Each session is expertly moderated and includes a booklet. Participants are taught how to deal with their feelings when fed up, worried, or hopeless, and learn skills that help them tackle life’s problems. Sign up for one of the following courses or learn more about the program at www.llttf.ca.

  • June 11 – August 13 – Prince George: 12:30pm-2:00pm at 2734 Norwood, Prince George. Free
  • June 14 – August 2 – Vancouver: 6:30pm-8:00pm at CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch, 110-2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver. $150
  • June 19 August 7 – Delta: 7:00pm-8:30pm at Fraser Health: #129-6345-120th St., Delta. $150.

CONFERENCES:

Canadian Clubhouse Conference in Charlottetown – July 4-7 ^
The Clubhouses of Prince Edward Island are the hosts of the 3rd Canadian Clubhouse Conference, July 4-7, 2012, in Charlottetown. The conference will provide a quality forum of the sharing of information, ideas and developing new friendships. With its positive theme of ‘Partnership – Empowerment – Inspiration’ and its fine array of presentations, all participants should enjoy a very rewarding experience. Conference registration fees range from $150 to $350 and a block of rooms at the Charlottetown Hotel has been reserved with rates from $139-185. For more information, please visit www.cmha.pe.ca.

CONFERence on Behaviour Health for Women in San Diego  – July  17-19 ^
This conference presented by SAMHSA & Mental Health Systems Inc., is for anyone interested in learning more and participating in a dialogue about mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery for women and girls. The theme for this year’s conference is “It’s All About HERR – Health, Empowerment, Resilience and Recovery”, and will be implementation focused. The conference will take place on July 17-19 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis. Full Registration is $450 with a early bird rate of $395. Learn more at www.samhsawomensconference.org.


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