The Seniors’ Support Network is an activity-based day program for individuals over 55 years of age who are experiencing mental illness. The program focuses on decreasing social isolation, peer support, healthy living, and increasing/maintaining independence.

“I love coming here…I wouldn’t miss it for anything!” – Seniors’ Support Network Client

Population Served

This program is for adults 55 years of age or older who are experiencing mental health issues, and are living on their own or with a spouse in the community.

Philosophy

Through improving social skills, offering opportunities for social interaction, and encouraging use of community resources, the Seniors’ Support Network supports members to develop and maintain healthy social support networks, which reinforces their mental health, reduces isolation, and improves their quality of life.

The Seniors’ Support Network provides Psychosocial Rehabilitation (or PSR) services designed to promote personal recovery, successful community integration, and maintenance of a satisfactory quality of life. PSR focuses on helping individuals develop skills, access resources and improve their quality of life by building on their strengths. Members set their own goals, and choose how to achieve them, with or without support from staff.

Services Provided

At the Seniors’ Support Network, we focus on what people CAN do, not what they can’t do. Clients work together with staff to determine what they want from the program, and how staff can support them. Our programming is designed to foster interaction between members and with the larger community. These activities promote health, education, physical and mental activity, and fun. The program offers clients a variety of activities designed to increase self-esteem, promote socialization, improve general well-being, and maintain mental health.

Each month clients and staff work together to make a monthly calendar of activities. Types of activities include physical fitness, creative activities, social opportunities, relaxation practices and skill development. Each program day we also enjoy a light meal at a minimal cost per member.

The Seniors’ Support Network also offers a Community Connections group. This group provides a supported, step-wise process for members to establish their own support network in the community, while still having access to staff when desired.

Where and When We Meet

The Seniors’ Support Network meets weekly at 125 Skinner Street on Wednesdays from 12:00pm-4:00pm. We can assist in arranging transportation through HandyDART, or in helping to plan a bus trip.

The Community Connections groups usually meet at different locations in the community, at a time and place chosen by the group. Members are supported to make their own travel plans.

How to Get Involved

Referrals are received through the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health), Senior’s Outpatient Clinics, the Seniors’ Teams (SORT), or physicians. Participants must have a mental health diagnosis.

To learn more please contact:

Program Coordinator
Darlene Arseneault
125 Skinner Street
Victoria, B.C. V9A 6X4
Tel: 250-389-1211 ext. 127
Fax: 250-389-1263
Email: Darlene Arseneault