Support for you as a parent
Essential advice for family members from the Chair of the Vancouver Mental Health Advisory Committee.
The Mood Disorders Association has offered this manual as a source of information and help to any family member affected by the mental illness or drug disorder of a loved one, however good the promise of recovery in that person’s life.
A comprehensive list for families in this Thompson-Okanagan hub city.
Visions is a nationally award-winning journal which provides a forum where many perspectives on mental health and addictions issues can be heard. The journal is written by and for people who have used mental health or addictions services, mental health service providers, family and friends, and mental health and addictions leaders and decision-makers. Visions always tries to ask: “What does it look like in real life?” and “Why should this matter to me?”
You can subscrobe tp the free online ‘zine delivery service on the home page of Here to Help.
Feature issue; eVisions-Cannabis Vol. 5 | No. 4 | 2009
From On Our Way: Recovery News, edited by Renea Mohammed
Susan Inman of the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society provides a thoughtful commentary about the word “recovery” as it is applied to the family of a person with a mental disorder. Her compassionate perspective throws light on the situation of families in which one member or more is suffering from an addiction.
Among the other excellent resources available on BC’s Here to Help website is this module about social support–what it is and why everyone needs it, but especially individuals dealing with an addiction or mental illness in the family.
For Teens Out on Their Own
For every regional urban hub in BC, there is a clinic–possibly more than one–offering dental services at reduced cost.
This site holds details about Community Dental Day, an annual province-wide program in April to provide free, urgent dental treatment to low-income working adults and seniors who don’t have a private dental plan.
The rest of the year, this link helps you find the clinic closest to your addicted family member so you can direct your son or daughter to help in a dental emergency. Ideally, this information can encourage your whole family to stay in a routine of preventive care. There will be a time for bright smiles!
It’s all here — where to make a free phone call, treat an infection, spend a night in a warm and safe place.
This list was updated in March 2011 and includes a half-page of shelters intended specifically for youth.
The ANKORS organization has five fixed needle exchanges (in Castlegar and New Denver, for example) as well as mobile services.
BC’s Queer Resource Centre. Prideline, information,
referral and peer support.
1170 Bute Street, Vancouver
In the Vancouver local toll area, call 604-684-5307
Raincity Housing and Support Society is now operating two mobile harm reduction services, principally for Vancouver areas other than the Downtown East Side. The services are too new to be on the organization’s website, but more information is available from Manny Cu at 604.376.6067, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This mobile service provides clean needles and other harm reduction supplies with the aim of preventing the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C and other infections that can result from unsafe practices. While giving out clean needles staff take the opportunity to teach our clients safer harm reduction practices.
If you find a discarded syringe in your neighbourhood call the Needle Pick-up hotline and the Community Pick-up Van will be there to recover and dispose of it safely. The hotline offers rapid needle recovery service 7 days a week, 19 hours a day, and the hours are from 7a.m. until 2 a.m.
The Needle Pick-up Hotline is: 604.657.6561
Includes a Sidney, B.C. location
The Survival Manual is a compilation of services for anybody facing change, addiction, a crisis situation, homelessness, hunger or anything urban living throws our way.
Previous versions of the Survival Manual focused on “at risk youth”, it has now expanded to include anyone requiring support in their particular endeavors.
Areas of service include counselling, education and professional training, social action research and community development