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National Housing Project Wants To Hear From People Living with Mental Health Issues

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN CONSUMER CONSULTATIONS

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recognizes that an ample supply and range of quality community housing and related supports is important to successful community living and recovery for persons living with mental health problems and illnesses and/or addictions issues. The MHCC has funded the Community Support and Research Unit (CSRU) of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) to conduct research on the current housing and related supports for people living with mental health problems and illnesses and/or addictions issues in Canada. Related supports include services that help find, access, and maintain housing, such as intensive case management, assertive community treatment teams, and crisis services. This work will inform the development of a Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

The National Network for Mental Health is partnering with CSRU and CCSD to further understand consumers’ experiences of housing and related supports. Your input is greatly appreciated and valuable in informing the research team on the experiences of housing and related supports for adults living with mental health problems and illnesses and/or addictions issues across Canada.
The National Network for Mental Health will be hosting a series of online discussions (webinars) to hear your perspectives. Webinars will be facilitated by David Reville and will run for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. We know your time and energy is valuable, so, we will compensate all participants with $30.00. Participation is limited to 12 persons per webinar session.

Participation is confidential.  Your name will remain anonymous and your user identification will be kept confidential and will not appear in any of the reports, publications or presentations that result from this project.  Anonymous direct quotes might be used in future reports.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS
If you are interested in participating in the online consultation, you may choose to do so in one of the following ways:

 1.  Participate by teleconference.  To participate by teleconference, participants will only need a phone and dial-in information (e.g., the toll-free number to call and a participant code to enter). Participating by teleconference means you can speak and listen; however, you will not be able to see the facilitator or any other participants.
Conference Number(s): 1-866-231-6479
Participant Code: 441106

 1.  Attend by webcast. To attend by webcast and also see the presenters, participants will only need a computer and speakers. To attend the webcast click here: http://nnmh.na4.acrobat.com/housing/ on the appropriate date. Select “Enter as Guest” and then enter your name when prompted.
 2.  Attend by webcast and present.  To attend by webcast and present yourself, participants will need a computer, speakers and a webcam or microphone. To attend the webcast click here: http://nnmh.na4.acrobat.com/housing/ on the appropriate date. Select “Enter as Guest” and then enter your name when prompted.
Please note that we will be hosting webinars by region.  Here are the dates and times by region:
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Tuesday, February 23rd – 9am-11am PST
ALBERTA: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am-12pm MST
MANITOBA: Thursday, February 25th – 9am-11am CST
SASKATCHEWAN: Thursday, February 25th – 9am-11am CST
QUEBEC: Monday, March 1st – 2pm-4pm EST
NEW BRUNSWICK: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am – 12pm AST
NOVA SCOTIA: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am – 12pm AST
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am – 12pm AST
NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10:30am – 12:30pm NST; and 10am-12pm AST (Labrador)
ONTARIO: Friday, February 26th – 9am-11am EST
NORTH WEST TERRITORIES:  Friday, February 26th – 10am – 12pm MST
YUKON:  Friday, February 26th – 9am – 11am PST
NUNAVUT: Friday, February 26th – 12pm – 2pm EST

REGISTRATION
Please register by following the link below and completing the required information.
http://nnmh.ca/housing/Home/tabid/658/ctl/Register/language/en-CA/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fDefault.aspx%3falias%3dnnmh.ca%2fhousing

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
Prior to participating in the webinar, it is useful for participants to test their computer<http://nnmh.na4.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm> to make sure that they are set up with all of the tools they will need to participate in the webinar.
For more information about Connect Pro (the program used to host the webinar) click on the following link for an informational video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2syFXr6pRZ8 OR visit the program website at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/

If you are still experiencing difficulties, and wish to participate in the webinar contact Nick Kerman at 416-535-8501 ext. 3170 or nick_kerman@camh.net and he will be able to help you.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. Please register by February 19th, 2010.

Recovery Dialogue: February 16

Hi all,
Just a friendly reminder that the next session of our recovery dialogues happens next week: February 16. Please see below for details. Hope to see you there!
Let’s Dialogue.
How does recovery hit the ground?
People with lived experience of mental illness, staff, family members and other supporters are invited to listen, learn, discuss and share.
Topic: Moving Forward: Graduating from Services
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
12:30-2:00
Ravensong – Basement Rooms
2450 Ontario Street (between Broadway & 8th)
This is a chance to:
  • Consider other perspectives
  • Build relationships
  • Discuss practice
Pizza Lunch Provided – please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 12  
by e-mailing kyle.welton@vch.ca or call 604-708-5224

Health Lecture Series

   Health Lecture Series 2010

North and West Vancouver Branch

FEBRUARY
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LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE
Do you want to live from the deeper, fuller waters of love? We will discuss the 4 secret steps everyone needs to know in order to create you relationship, manifest formulas that create the relationship you really, really want and recognize the neglected places in your life that are secretely hiding the depths of love you desire.  Come experience, share –through storytelling, poetry  and music about how everyday life is secretly teaching you about “The Deeper Waters Of Love”.
Michael Talbot-Kelly, RCC is a wholistic psychotherapist, midlife awakening specialist and spiritual counselor with over 25 years of experience counseling healing and guiding individuals towards the deeper waters of love, liberation and belonging.

FEBRUARY 10

LOW MOOD AND ANXIETY
Feeling low? Stressed? Anxious? Bounce Back can help. The Bounce Back program, offered through CMHA is a self-help program which offers two components: a DVD Living Life to the Full (immediate resource) and a coaching over the telephone while working with the self-help material. Come and join us for an interactive evening where a part of the DVD will be viewed and discussed.
Miriam Planovska, BSW Bounce Back Community Coach has been a coach on the North Shore for the past year and half. Over the years she has worked with wide range of people and also has a good understanding of the multicultural population.

FEBRUARY
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CIRCLE DANCE: CONNECTING HANDS AND HEARTS
Circle Dance , or Sacred Circle Dance, was born in 1976 at Findhorn, a spiritual community in northern Scotland.  We dance for many reasons including connection, peace, celebration, healing, spirit and fun.  Dances range from lively to meditative, traditional to contemporary, and are danced to contagious music from around the world.  This evening we’ll include dances that celebrate the theme of Love as we will have just passed Valentine’s Day.  Come prepared to join hand and hearts!
 Corinne Chepil has been teaching dance most of her life.  She especially enjoys sharing the gifts of Circle Dance. Her education includes a B.A. in Dance/Psychology, a Dance Teacher Diploma and a Sacred Dance Teacher Certificate from Scotland’s Findhorn Foundation.  She has been fortunate to facilitate in a variety of settings including Women’s Spirituality Celebrations, a Yoga retreat, Riverview Hospital, and the 2006 World Peace forum.

FEBRUARY
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 3 PILLAR FOUNDATION TO HIGH VIBRATION LIVING

Discover the 3 Pillars to High Vibration Living and how to apply them for improved health and vitality.  Learn techniques on how to better manage your thoughts and achieve greater success.  Experience the power of the Merkaba Technique and how it fast tracks your progress to a better life.

Steve Hulcombe is the founder of Propel Life<http://www.propellife.com/> and the Merkaba Technique.  He assists individuals and organizations to align with their mission and achieve their goals by utilizing his own vibration technique, intuition and coaching strategies.  You will benefit from being empowered to make high vibration choices and having old disempowering structures systematic removed thereby allowing your true essence to emerge.

EVERYONE WELCOME! EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 7:00pm – ADMISSION BY DONATION

LOCATION: 2nd Floor of John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

For information, call 604-987-6959 or visit www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca

Cif Notice of Contract – Assistant Manager, Evergreen Project.

CONSUMER INITIATIVE FUND
Notice of Contract
Assistant Manager for the Evergreen Project
Evergreen Project Goals:
To provide opportunities for mental health clients living in neighbourhoods in the easternmost areas of Vancouver for self expression, companionship, outings and special events in their own community without professional supervision during the evening hours.  To lessen the need for mental health clients to resort to drastic measures to resolve social, economic, isolation, and marginalization issues. To assist clients towards recovery in their own way, in their own time in a socially supportive atmosphere among their own peers. To provide local evening community mental health social service programs using a simple, direct, and efficient format. Our programming is conducted outside of mental health facilities, (with some exception given to women’s programming), in order to develop self esteem, independence, self motivation and creativity in mental health clients. (Our program is the therapy, we do not conduct any therapeutic activities.)
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
  • Assist the Project Manager to:
– oversee meetings and outings.
– oversee women’s group.
– prepare and conduct special events. (6 during the year)
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Maturity, sound judgment, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Must be a mental health Consumer.
Successful applicant must obtain Criminal Record Check. Cost will be reimbursed.
Submit resume and 2 letters of reference to:
Merle Ginsburg
Program Coordinator
Consumer Initiative Fund
200-520 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC. V5Z 4H5
Tel: 604-730-7675   Fax: 604-874-7661
Application Deadline:  February 19, 2010
THIS IS A CONTRACT POSITION

Developing a Mental Health Strategy: Next Steps

Subject: Developing a Mental Health Strategy: Next Steps | Prochaines étapes dans l’élaboration de la stratégie en santé mentale

Developing a Mental Health Strategy for Canada:

 The Next Steps

Prochaines étapes dans l’élaboration de la stratégie en santé mentale

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Next Steps for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada:

Opportunities

 to make
 a difference

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the start of the second phase of the mental health strategy development plan.  Beginning in March 2010, the Commission will host a series of roundtable meetings.  These roundtables will examine specific topics related to achieving the vision and goals set out in “Toward Recovery and Wellbeing:  A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada.” Working together, we will define practical solutions and develop action plans to achieve our vision.    
In this phase, we want to continue building on the extensive knowledge and experience of diverse stakeholders in Canada including those living with mental health problems and illnesses, their families, service providers, researchers, policy-makers, and concerned individuals.  We need your input to create a strategy that works.
You can participate using new on-line tools to:
  • Indicate your interest in participating in a roundtable session
  • Respond to our Request for Proposals for the development of background papers
  • Access a copy of “Toward Recovery and Wellbeing:  A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada”
  • Contact us directly to share your ideas
We encourage you to share this message with your own networks.

Your interest and ongoing support are appreciated.

Howard Chodos

Director, National Strategy

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La Commission de la santé mentale du Canada est fière d’annoncer le début de la deuxième phase du plan d’élaboration de la stratégie en matière de santé mentale. À compter de mars 2010, la Commission tiendra une série de tables rondes. Ces tables rondes examineront des sujets précis relatifs à la réalisation de la vision et des objectifs énoncés dans le document Vers le rétablissement et le bien-être : Cadre pour une stratégie en matière de santé mentale au Canada. Ensemble, nous définirons des solutions pratiques et nous établirons des plans d’action pour réaliser notre vision.
Dans cette phase, nous voulons continuer de tirer profit des connaissances approfondies et de la vaste expérience des intervenants du Canada, notamment les personnes vivant avec des troubles mentaux ou une maladie mentale, leur famille, les fournisseurs de services, les chercheurs, les décideurs et les individus préoccupés par cet enjeu. Nous avons besoin de votre opinion pour créer une stratégie qui fonctionne.

Vous pouvez utiliser les nouveaux outils en ligne pour :
  • Exprimer votre intérêt à participer à la table ronde
  • Répondre à notre demande de propositions pour la rédaction des documents d’information
  • Télécharger un exemplaire du document Vers le rétablissement et le bien-être : Cadre pour une stratégie en matière de santé mentale au Canada
Communiquer avec nous directement pour nous faire part de vos idées

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler ce message dans votre réseau.

Nous vous remercions de votre intérêt et de votre soutien continus.
Howard Chodos
Directeur, Stratégie nationale

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Mike KirbyAbout the Mental Health Commission of Canada

The goal of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is to help bring into being an integrated mental health system that places people living with mental illness at its centre.

To this end, the Commission encourages cooperation and collaboration among governments, mental health service providers, employers, the scientific and research communities, as well as Canadians living with mental illness, their families and caregivers.

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Nous désirons connaître votre opinion!

Écrivez-nous par courriel à SSM@commissionsantementale.ca

MHCCA propos de la commission du santeì mentale du Canada

Le principal objectif de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada est de contribuer à la mise en œuvre d’un système de soins de santé mentale intégré axé sur les personnes souffrant de maladie mentale.

À cette fin, la Commission encourage la coopération et la collaboration entre les gouvernements, les fournisseurs de services de santé mentale, les employeurs, les milieux scientifiques et de recherche ainsi que les Canadiens atteints de maladie mentale, leurs familles et leurs fournisseurs de soins.

 

Courage Awards Nomination Deadline February 12th!

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Subject: Courage Awards Nomination Deadline February 12th!

Nominations Deadline: February 12, 1010

Nominate someone who inspires you for a

Courage To Come Back Award

Friday, February 12th is the deadline for nominating a friend, neighbour, family member or colleague who inspires you for a Courage To Come Back Award. Each year six outstanding British Columbians are recognized for their courage and perseverance in the face of illness, injury or adversity. Categories are: Addiction, Medical, Mental Health, Physical Rehabilitation, Social Adversity and Youth. Visit www.coastmentalhealth.com/courage<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102963688670&s=4737&e=001IloHN672TnkHQ6N3BYoyM_K4Zwj2Ag-mW2phcNe3jj37059DGK8OBek7kNMj3YwxUyFD_daua0uqS7SyGeBvx1vE4v40EmpnHQInJAUGoYPwPhSYE47IJwzNyMASbWXeHpn1OK4J1VU=> to learn more and to download a nomination form.

Click here to download a PDF nomination form:
Courage To Come Back Awards Form<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102963688670&s=4737&e=001IloHN672Tnlc4CwjaI_P7UIOhwbLVuKkUO4H3FbIi0KE0DBgDmS_e39mmIH2P7188H-G21dRl0qccDFY1Hvuv1PdpsfnglgTJzlCXvLREd34E2dvdTTpPRV-cktDBS0dOIgdA7Cy-FMrx3__CV3LwZWsSJ3lqV4X0pAsirF5bpYGJUtk0BxP1A==>

Award Recipients
The six Courage Award recipients will have their stories told on Global BC’s Early News, in The Province newspaper, and on News 1130 radio. Then on Thursday, May 6th, they will be honoured in front of their friends, family and 1,000 special guests at a gala banquet at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel.
The Courage To Come Back Awards are sponsored by:

Courage To Come Back Awards – Contact Info
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courage@coastmentalhealth.com<mailto:courage@coastmentalhealth.com>
Phone: 604-675-2327 or 604-675-2328
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-602-6278
Toll Free Fax: 1-877-602-5255
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study on employment experiences in BD

Dear CREST community group,
Team member Sandra Hale is looking for participants for a qualitative study designed to explore employment experiences in people with BD (type I). Please see the attached poster for further information.
With best wishes, Erin.

Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Assistant Professor
CREST.BD team leader: www.crestbd.ca
Postdoctoral Coordinator, FOM, UBC
Mood Disorders Centre
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, V6T 2A1
Tel: 604 827 3393

Recovery Dialogue: Register ASAP

Let’s Dialogue.
How does recovery hit the ground?
People with lived experience of mental illness, staff, family members and other supporters are invited to listen, learn, discuss and share.
Topic: Confidentiality & Recovery
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
12:30-2:00
Ravensong – Basement Rooms
2450 Ontario Street (between Broadway & 8th)
This is a chance to:
  • Consider other perspectives
  • Build relationships
  • Discuss practice
Pizza Lunch Provided – please RSVP by Monday Morning, Jan. 18  
by e-mailing kyle.welton@vch.ca or call 604-708-5224

Opening at Havana “Reflections on Dreams and Shadows” a showing of Art Studios paintings

Please join The Art Studios for their opening of  a show of paintings
Reflections on Dreams and Shadows
at The Havana Gallery on
Sunday January 24th from 4-7pm.
Cate Curtis
Rehabilitation Assistant
The Art Studios
2005 East 44th Ave
Van BC V5P 1N1
(604 871 9788 ext 227

research study looking for participants

Dear CREST community group,
Happy New Year!
I’m forwarding you details of a study that is looking for participants. The project, which is funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, has been designed to improve our understanding of how people with severe mental illness perceive and interact with the police. The findings of the research are intended to inform police training and guidelines for interacting with people who have severe mental illness.
If you’re interested in hearing more, please see the attached document or contact Carolyn Greaves at cgreaves@forensic.bc.ca
With best wishes, Erin.

Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Assistant Professor
CREST.BD team leader: www.crestbd.ca
Postdoctoral Coordinator, FOM, UBC
Mood Disorders Centre
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, V6T 2A1
Tel: 604 827 3393