75% individuals are first diagnosed with a mental illness before the age of 24. ICMH knows the crucial role that early and active engagement in psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) can play in an individual’s recovery, and we have developed our Young Adult Engagement Project specifically to meet the needs of young adults recovering from mental illness.
The project began in 2015 with a two-year grant from the United Way of Greater Victoria, and with the aim of offering programming that was interesting, engaging, and most importantly, relevant to young adults in recovery, and providing that programming at times and places that encouraged their participation.
We started with one-off workshops to raise awareness of ICMH as a service provider. Some were offered at our Skinner Street location, but most of these were offered at various locations throughout Victoria, to reduce the stigma some might feel in coming to a “mental health facility.” These workshops were an opportunity for anyone wishing to attend to see what sorts of activities and programs ICMH offers in the realm of recovery.
The workshops included Fashion Shopping on a Budget (addressing budgeting, shopping, presentation, and self-esteem), Stone Carving (addressing leisure, learning new skills, and low-intensity social interaction), Creative Writing, Hip Hop Dance, Making Meals on a Budget for You and your Friends, Spoken Word, Camping Skills, Hiking, Art of Seeing photography workshop, Poetry writing, and Theatre Impov Skills.
In conjunction with focus groups, these workshops provided us with valuable feedback from the young adults who attended, and led to the development of regular, ongoing groups offered through GROW.
The Young Adult Engagement Project is funded by the United Way of Greater Victoria.
Hip Hop Healing with Nostic Marco of Dia- Nos
This a 4 week multi-media art therapy program engaging young adults in the creation, performance and appreciation of hip hop music and culture.
During this class, Nostic will guide you through all aspects of hip hop culture.
NEXT SESSION STARTS July 7th
CALL Freddy or Pam to sign up at 250 389 1211 or 250 888 7833.
COOKING ON A BUDGET WITH THE SALT AND PEPPER FOX
The last Tuesday of each month we meet with Liam Quinn, a great local chef, to make a meal, learn about nutrition and eat together.
Anyone can sign up for this delicious class and if you are interested we are now working on a Cookbook.
Dates May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27, October 25, November 29, December 6
Meal Planning Cookbook Workshops:
July 5th 2:30-3:30 – Meal Planning
September 13th 2:30-3:30 – Nutrition Facts with local nurtritionist
November 1 2:30-3:30- Healing Mental Health Benefits of Whole Foods
Call Freddy or Pam at 250 389- 1211 or 250 888 7833 to sign up!!
THE MINDFUL WARRIOR
NEXT CLASS STARTS ****June 6th ****
MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY FROM 1:30-2:30
This is the next step on your road of recovery.
This is a chance to learn karate and work with Black Belt Instructor Ken Marchetaler
We will be exploring mindfulness, meditation, lifestyle habits, assertiveness, basic cognitive techniques and how to regulate our emotions through the practice of martial arts.
The class will be held at:
The Warrior Martial Wellness Centre – 1-3946 Quadra St.
Sign up with Freddy or Pam at 250 389 1211
THE EDGE PROGRAM WITH BRENT SEAL
WHAT IS THE EDGE?
The EDGE is a multi-week mental health and wellness
training program designed for youth who want to boost their
mental health and performance through wellness.