Goldstream Tattoo donates funds from flash event to Island Community Mental Health

On October 7, 2017, Goldstream Tattoo in Langford donated their time, labour, and ink to Island Community Mental Health.  A minimum donation of $100 got patrons a tattoo, and all proceeds went to ICMH.  In 12 hours, over $4500 was raised!

We at Island Community Mental Health, staff, clients, and board, want to thank Goldstream Tattoo and the community at large for their support.

Stand By Me- Fashion Show Fundraiser Success!

On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and clients of Island Community Mental Health (ICMH), we would like to thank John Fluevog, the Queen of Hearts and all of the local collaborators of Stand By Me- A Fashion Show for Mental Health fundraiser.

ICMH’s Executive Director, Kim Duffus and Director of Housing, Imogen Burr attended the fun-filled event, enjoying fashions from fantastic local shops and delicious appetizers from Kitchens of Distinction. All proceeds raised from the event were generously donated to ICMH.

As a local non-profit society, ICMH depends on community support and partnerships for our programs and special projects. This ongoing support from our community allows ICMH to provide evidence-based services to individuals recovering from mental illness. Last year, over 1200 clients received services from ICMH through programs that range from drop-in workshops to employment and education support to housing.

ICMH continues to be inspired by the creative ways our community chooses to support the work of our organization and our clients. Thank you, thank you!

 

Stand By Me – a Fashion Show Fundraiser for Mental Health

Join us on October 18, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm at fabulous John Fluevog, 566 Johnson Street, Victoria BC as we present STAND BY ME

a Fashion Show Fundraiser for Mental Health, presented by John Fluevog and The Queen of Hartz.

Fashions by:
Aurea
Citizen
Oxford
Hughes
Outlooks for Men
Marmalade Tart
Mango’s Boutique and Accessories
Earthgroove

Tickets: $50
All proceeds to Island Community Mental Health

DATE AND TIME

Wed, 18 October 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

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LOCATION

John Fluevog Shoes

566 Johnson Street

Victoria, BC V8W 3C6

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ICMH Completes Accreditation Canada Primer Program

Island Community Mental Health (ICMH) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Accreditation Canada Accreditation Primer program!

This is the first step on our quality improvement journey with Accreditation Canada-an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care and accredits health care organizations in Canada and around the world.

The Accreditation Primer program involves an evaluation of the quality and safety of the organization’s programs and services. Following a comprehensive self-assessment, external peer surveyors conducted an on-site survey during which they assessed the organization against Accreditation Canada standards. 

 ICMH  is enthused to use the accreditation process to improve the services offered to clients and will proceed with the Qmentum program. The larger survey is expected to take place early in 2019.

 

 

Canadian Mental Health Association Releases Statement on “13 Reasons Why”

The Canadian Mental Health Association has released a statement in response to the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.”  You can view the statement here.

Mental Health Week – May 1 – 7, 2017

CMHA’s Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. Visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca for more information.

Canadian Mental Health Association sponsors Mental Health Week

January 25 is Bell Let’s Talk Day

Bell Let’s Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of
mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed more than $100 million to
support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast
focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research.
Our goal is to help keep the conversation going all year long and make every day a day
it is okay to talk about mental health.

ICMH RECEIVES GRANT TO DEVELOP SUPPORTS FOR CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Island Community Mental Health is pleased to announce they have received a Service Innovation Grant from the Community Action Initiative to develop support circles for unpaid caregivers of people living with dementia.

The Community Action Initiative provides grant and training opportunities for community-based organizations across BC to develop and deliver innovative projects that respond to the needs of individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges.

Island Community Mental Health is teaming up with M’akola ILBC Housing Society, Cowichan Family Caregivers Society, BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, Family Caregivers of BC and Island Health to strengthen family caregivers of people living with dementia by creating support circles. We take a localized, collaborative approach by creating networks and encouraging dialogue within and across sectors to develop the most person-centred care possible.

Unpaid caregivers are often an invisible part of the British Columbia Health Care system. These people are an integral part of the day to day care of loved ones and as our population ages, so does the prevalence of unpaid caregivers. These caregivers allow people to stay at home longer and enjoy a higher quality of life. As fulfilling and rewarding as caregiving can be, it is also extremely challenging for caregivers physically, emotionally, and financially.

The services will be based on a successful model developed by Cowichan Family Caregivers Society. The support circles will be offered through genuine connection in the spirit of community and neighborliness. We will be offering training for different organizations that identify that this could be helpful with the population within which they work.  They will then be able to implement support circles for caregivers that can best support their community.

We will be hosting our first “Train the Trainer” event on December 12th and will be launching the first support circles in January of 2017.

If your organization is interested in becoming part of this exciting project or attending the first “Train the Trainer” event, please contact:

Click here for more information on the training

Pam Lewis

Project Coordinator/Director of Program Development

Island Community Mental Health

250 888 7833/ 250 389 1211/ pam.lewis@icmha.ca

Generous Grant from Victoria Foundation Funds ICMH’s PEERS Social Skills Program

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PEERS® for Young Adults

ICMH is excited to announce that we have received a grant from the Victoria Foundation to launch a social skills and relationship training program for young adults experiencing mental health challenges.

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) was first developed at UCLA by Dr. Laugeson, who has also written the book ‘The Science of Making Friends’. This 16-week evidenced-based program for young adults (18-35 years of age) encourages youth to practice dating skills, flirting, handling rejection, and making friends with the support of social coaches and support from other peers in the group.

The Victoria Foundation has a long and esteemed history of helping, supporting and investing in our region. With their close connections to the non-profit sector, they provide insightful, effective grant distributions to improve the quality of life in our community.

To date, the Victoria Foundation has distributed more than $163 million across the region and beyond.

Click here for more information about the program

Friendship is the Best Medicine

ICMH Renovation Wins Commercial Building Award

The renovations to ICMH’s main office on Skinner Street has received an award at the 25th annual Commercial Building Awards gala.  We won in the Community Renovations category.

ICMH would like to thank architect Joe Newell, our contractors, donors, and staff, and community supporters, who made this very necessary renovation not only possible, but very successful.

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