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Autumn is here, and people seem to have moved into their busy fall schedule- I will mention some upcoming activities to you and hope you will be able to attend some of them.
RECOVERY DIALOGUE: HOW DO WE INCORPORATE RECOVERY ORIENTED VALUES IN OUR DAILY LIFE?- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH
Last minute notice! If you are interested in attending, please call 604-708-5224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> immediately as it is from 12:30 – 2 pm tomorrow. Check to see if there is still space. Held at Raven Song, 2450 Ontario Streeet. Light lunch served.
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH
BC Mental Health and Addictions is sponsoring an event to promote their community based research in mental health and addictions. The evening includes short talks and a panel- some of the participants are Victoria Maxwell, Dr. Elana Brief, Dr. Erin Michalak, and Dr. Amy Salmon. Event is held at Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova Street, from 7 – 9 pm.
BCSS VANCOUVER SUPPORT GROUP- MONDAY, OCTOBER 26TH
Consider yourself invited to attend our monthly support group for family members and friends of those living with a mental illness. We meet at Raven Song, 2450 Ontario Street, in the Partnership Room, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. We’d love to meet you and offer our collective support and encouragement at whatever point you are at, in your journey in understanding the many dimensions of mental illness and its impact on you and your loved ones.
MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN THE NEW MILLENIUM- A MENTAL HEALTH CARE POLICY FORUM- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House is sponsoring this forum. There will be five speakers on the panel and they will present their perspective on where mental health policy should be headed as we approach the second decade of the new millennium. Event is held at St Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 East 22nd Avenue, from 7 – 8:30 pm. Free.
BRAIN WELLNESS, THE SECRETS OF LONGEVITY- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
This special event is brought to you by Richmond Mental Health Family Member Advocate, Linda Burchill. It’s a workshop/lecture on the things you need to do to keep your brain healthy and functioning optimally throughout your life.
Gary Anaka, author of “Your Brain Wellness: The Secrets of Longevity” and “The Magical Brain- How it Learns Best” is the keynote speaker. Gary has over 34 years of teaching experience in the regular classroom as well as in learning assistance. He presents ideas from the field of Applied Educational Neuroscience. Linda reports that his presentation is informative, lively and fun filled. It’s being held at the Lecture Hall of the Minoru Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, from 7- 9 pm. Tickets: $15
KELTY RESOURCE CENTRE- OPEN HOUSE- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
Celebrate Health Literacy Month by visiting this fabulous resource at their Open House from 2 – 4:30 pm. Location is the Mental Health Building (Heather and 30th), Children’s Hospital, 3rd floor, Room P3-302
OPEN MINDS ACROSS CANADA -MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM- SAT, NOV 7TH
Sponsored by the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, join the symposium (free) from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. for presentations by Dr. Erin Michalak, Dr. William Honer, Catriona Hippman, and Dr. Ric Procyshyn. Presentations include interesting topics such as: stories of self managment strategies from people living with bipolar disorder, brain plasticity in psychosis, connection between genes and your mental health, and a report on why people with schizophrenia smoke more. Location: BC Children’s Hospital, Chan Centre, 4500 Oak St.
I wish I could summarize all of the upcoming activities and special events that cross my desk but I hope this list will tempt you to participate in one or all of these offerings. It’s empowering to increase our knowledge of mental health issues and to meet others with the same interests and concerns.
In closing this newsletter update, I would like to remind you that I enjoy hearing from you, either by phone; 604-247-1884 (usually best to leave a voice mail message that I can reply to) or by email: lproudfoot @bcss.org. We can also meet for coffee if you would prefer.
I sincerely hope you are taking care of yourself, taking the time to recharge your batteries and to remind yourself that your health and happiness is an important step in developing your resilience and coping skills.