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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.

*Please check this page later for details regarding young adult programming offered for fall 2017*

Past programming has offered workshops including: 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 UWGV logo-soloYoung Adult Engagement Project is funded by the United Way of Greater Victoria.




Hip Hop Healing with Nostic Marco of Dia- Nos

HIP HOP HEALING summer (poster)

This 4 week multi-media art therapy program engaged young adults in the creation, performance and appreciation of hip hop music and culture.

During this class, Nostic guided participants through all aspects of hip hop culture.




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This monthly session with Liam Quinn, a great local chef, offered participant’s the opportunity to make a meal, learn about nutrition and eat together.



Mindfull Warrior

This program offered a chance to learn karate and work with Black Belt Instructor Ken Marchetaler

The sessions explored mindfulness, meditation, lifestyle habits, assertiveness, basic cognitive techniques and how to regulate our emotions through the practice of martial arts.

The class was held at: The Warrior Martial Wellness Centre – 1-3946 Quadra St.




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.