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August 31st,2018 7 :00pm to 8:30pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery ,South Plaza/Robson Street

Organizer & Contact name : Tabitha Montgomery
Cell Phone 604 445 9299
Email Address

Facebook IOAD Vigil & Rally, Vancouver Art Gallery Location- Event Page :

Official Internationa lOverdose Awareness Website for all information on IOAD / Aug.31st

This is being organized as a peaceful, visual International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil and Rally.
Honoring the many diverse lives lost to drug overdose and tainted illicit drugs.
Paying respects to surviving loved ones, first responders, and frontline / peers workers. As well as the many different walks of life throughout generations who’ve been deeply affected by ALL drug related issues..
There will be a candle lighting ceremony, a moment of silence .Purple Flowers. Silver Balloons.
Personal Photos of loved ones, mourned. Silver IOAD Pins and Purple Wrist Bands. Flags of Hope
and Purple Ribbons as part of the Purple Ribbon Campaign run by Moms Stop The Harm.

The Rally will have a few guest speakers on Microphone from various corners of our overdose prevention services that include; InSite. The BC Centre on Substance Use and Moms Stop The Harm.
I am personally organizing, facilitating, hosting this Vigil & Rally for the third year in a row.

Media Cover can make a very important difference in getting all of the above highlights out into the public to help shed more light on the darkest realities of the Opioid Crisis; In solidarity of other events doing the same ,happening around the World on August 31st for International Overdose Awareness Day.

All walks of life and media are welcomed to attend!

Continue Advocacy Work for New BC Government By Doing These Things

As you know, the 2017 BC Election is still unfolding, and the final results of the election will be revealed later this month. After government is formed the 100 days that follow are important – cabinet ministers will be chosen, the opposition selected, and the pressing issues within the province prioritized.

With so much change on the horizon, now is the time to amplify our voices to ensure our provincial leadership keeps mental health and addictions care top of mind. The impact of our b4stage4 work is already evident – check out the newly-released Impact Report to get a sense of what we’ve achieved so far. The report also outlines how the three major political party platforms reflect the five pillars of b4stage4.

We’ve also built two new printable tools for our supporters, available online:

1.      An infographic to help answer the frequently asked question What does stage 4 mean?

2.      A printable poster for office kitchens, community boards, etc.


This type of impact is only possible because of dedicated supporters like you! We can’t wait to move the campaign to the next level.

Sign Petition In These Final Days Before the Provincial Election

Mental Health Week just passed. But really, every week should be Mental Health Week.
This year the event coincided with the final week before the BC Provincial Election, and we are urging British Columbians to take this opportunity to connect with their candidates and speak out on social media – to GET LOUD and make mental health a voting issue.
Will you join us? The b4stage4 declaration has 3000 signatures behind it today. We’d like to see this double between now and Election Day. We’re asking our endorsers to help by reaching out to their networks and setting a goal to bring at least 100 new signatures to the declaration over the next week. Click here to access some resources that we’ve prepared to help you achieve this goal, including:
· A template email for your membership lists
· Printable petition pages to collect in-person signatures
· Social media-friendly images and suggested Facebook and Twitter posts
Are you with us? Will you GET LOUD for mental health during this year’s Mental Health Week?
If there’s anything else you might need, or if you’d like to chat directly, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me here or at
Thank you for championing b4stage4 in your networks!

11’th Annual Family Conference: FROM CRISIS TO HOPE

The Annual Family Conference on Saturday April 23, 2016 in Vancouver is sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Family Advisory Committee, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and Mood Disorders Association of BC. For more detailed information on the conference  click here

Keynote Presentations include:
Access & Assessment Centre (AAC): A New Service for Vancouver Residents to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Vancouver
Monica McAlduff (Director, Vancouver Mental Health & Substance Use Acute, Tertiary & Urgent Services); George Scotton (Manager, Vancouver Access & Assessment Centre, ACT & AOT)

Finding Clarity in Chaos: Principles for Developing Health and Recovery
Dr. Diane Fredrikson (Physician Lead, Early Psychosis Intervention Program, VCH)

When Treatments are Inadequate – New Hope for Patients
Dr. Randall F. White (Medical Director, B.C. Psychosis Program, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UBC)

Panel Discussions:
Support for Families in Need

How Families Can Advocate for Improved Mental Health Care

Death In A Dumpster: The Musical – Nov 7, 11& 14

Death In A Dumpster : The Musical
This production is a collaborative venture between some truly talented youth, Access to Music Foundation, Directions Youth Services and professional mentors. 


The show portrays a world that some will never know. It is potent, lively, funny, tragic and extremely entertaining; if it tells us one thing…

#No One Is Disposable

November 7th, 11th & 14th – 8:00 PM
Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Directed by: Trinity Firth
Written by: Michael Jesmer, Trinity Firth & Sheila Baxter
For More information about this event click here

Meaning Therapy – Workshop

Meaning Therapy: A new paradigm of integrating healing with personal growth

Date: April 25, 2014
Time: 9 am-4 pm
Location: 5185 University Boulevard, Vancouver

The British Columbia Psychological Association is bringing presenter Dr. Paul Wong to the University Golf Club (5185 University Blvd) for this day-long workshop, which will cost BCPA members/affiliates $ 188.00 and non-members $ 258.00.

REGISTER by April 22nd, 2014

Workshop Description from BCPA
“Meaning Therapy (MT) introduces a new paradigm of integrative therapy that treats the whole person, rather than mere cognitions or behaviours. It is integrative, holistic, and evidence-based with the positive psychology of meaning as its central organizing construct. As an extension of logo therapy, it will pay special attention to the existential and spiritual issues that underlie most personal issues and predicaments. MT will integrate existential psychology with CBT, narrative therapy, cross-cultural psychology, and positive psychotherapy.

“MT aims to restore human dignity and promote mental health in an increasingly dehumanizing and toxic culture dominated by materialism, consumerism, and cut-throat competition. Psychologists will learn how to use meaning-based interventions to address major clinical issues, such as depression, anxiety, and to empower their clients to live a purposeful and value-driven life.”

Learning Objectives

How to contrast the new meaning paradigm with the traditional paradigm of psychotherapy
How to heal the worst and bring out the best in people’s lives through meaning
How to use innovative positive interventions, such as PURE and ABCDE, to restore hope, meaning, and passion for living, regardless of circumstances

Paul T. P. Wong, PhD, CPsych, has been a professor and clinician for more than three decades. His meaning therapy has gained world-wide recognition. He is the President of the International Network on Personal Meaning, and International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy. He is also Editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy. His lectures are known for their passion and humour.