Cooking With Salt and Pepper Fox

For young adults 19-35 years.

Learning cooking techniques from a real chef!

The Sketchbook Initiative

The Sketchbook Initiative offers participants the opportunity to enjoy the creative process, have fun making art while learning about the power of doodling, drawing, and making your mark. This creative workshop puts wellness and creativity on the same page. Enjoy the power of doodling and boosting awareness through expression. Sketchbooks + materials provided!
Space is limited so sign up early!

PEERS – participants

What is it?

A social skills building group for young adults.

What will you will learn?

Conversational skills, Dating Skills, Strategies for Handling Peer Pressure, Appropriate Use of Humour, Electronic Communication, Entering Conversations, Handling Teasing and Bullying, Disagreements with Peers, How to be a good guest and host.

Enrollment is limited. Classes are on Wednesday from 1-2:30pm for participants and Monday evenings from 3:30-4:30pm for social coaches.

Regular attendance is imperative. Social coach participation is strongly encouraged.

Classes will be starting February 20th and 22nd 2017

Contact Pam Lewis or Danielle Weir to set up a meeting!

PEERS – Social Coaches

What is it?

A social skills building group for young adults.

What will you will learn?

Conversational skills, Dating Skills, Strategies for Handling Peer Pressure, Appropriate Use of Humour, Electronic Communication, Entering Conversations, Handling Teasing and Bullying, Disagreements with Peers, How to be a good guest and host.

Enrollment is limited. Classes are on Wednesday from 1-2:30pm for participants and Monday evenings from 3:30-4:30pm for social coaches.

Regular attendance is imperative. Social coach participation is strongly encouraged.

Classes will be starting February 20th and 22nd 2017

Contact Pam Lewis or Danielle Weir to set up a meeting!

TED Talkers

Have you ever watched a TED talk?

TED Talks are short videos that feature individuals from all over the world with different ideas – often inspiring ones.

Come watch a TED Talk and share in the experience, learn together and have a chance to share your own ideas.

Contact Jen (250-389-1211, ext 238) or Danielle (250-389-1211, ext 234) for more details.

Computer Lab

Independent work in our computer lab.

WRAP for young adults

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Running for eight weeks, ICMH will be offering WRAP for young adults.  This  group is adapted specifically to the needs of young adults 19-35 years old.

WRAP is an evidenced based self-management and recovery workshop developed by a group of individuals who had mental health difficulties and wanted to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. WRAP is designed to decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviours, increase personal empowerment, improve quality of life, and assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams.

WRAP is for anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel, or increase their enjoyment in life. WRAP is a structured system to monitor and eliminate uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviours. It also includes plans for responses from others.

To register or for more information, please contact Jen: (250) 389–1211 ext. 238

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

Life Love and Relationships

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