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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for championing b4stage4 in your networks!
Please join us at the 2017 Framily Education Forum
MAY 13, 2017 Saturday 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12th Avenue
for more information 2017 Family Education Forum Poster
As part of National Alcohol and Drug Awareness Week (Nov. 14-21), Vancouver Coastal Health has organized a series of open houses for several of the key agencies supporting youth with alcohol and drug challenges. Drop in and meet the amazing staff and find out about the services they offer – click here for the schedule.
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)
Support for Families in Need
How Families Can Advocate for Improved Mental Health Care
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
Please join us for a dynamic discussion about the present state and future direction of treating addictions. Hope to see you there. For more information, please click Strategies of Support poster
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.
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.”
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.
Date: March 31, 2014
Time: 9:30-4 pm
Location: 1090 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Presenter: John Fox. This workshop is for professionals & the interested public.
Cost: $100 – including morning coffee, muffins, & lunch. Proceeds to OneVillage Community Service projects in Masaka, Uganda & Chennai, India.
See registration contact information below.
Where: 7th Floor Community Room of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver
To live with, manage, and recover from substance abuse can be extremely difficult. Add to it the complication of coping with a mental illness, and the challenge becomes even greater. Many people dealing with concurrent disorders cannot manage either condition; managing both can become an overwhelming task. With the right type of support, thosewith concurrent issues can recover and learn to cope successfully.
Registration: Contact 604 970 0416 OR email@example.com
Register in group of 5 for $450. Payment by cash or cheque.
Cheques payable to “D. Bailey/OVCSF” #1200-1090 West Georgia Street Vancouver,B.C. V6E 3V7
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
John Fox teaches in the Co-occurring Disorderd Advanced Citation program in addition to other programs at Douglas College. John spent 25 years in clinical and administrative postions in the field of mental health and social services. He has consulted provincially, nationally & internationally on mental health and addictions.