Your Mental Health - Definitions of mental health are changing. It used to be that a person was considered to have good mental health simply if they showed no signs or symptoms of a mental illness. But in recent years, there has been a shift towards a more holistic approach to mental health. Today, we recognize that good mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. Nor is it absolute – some people are more mentally healthy than others, whether you are mentally ill or not. These realizations are prompting a new kind of focus on mental health that identifies components of mental wellness and mental fitness and explore ways to encourage them (www.vb.cmha.bc.ca)

The Impact of Mental Illness - Health Canada’s 2002 Report on Canadian Mental Health revealed that 20% of all Canadians regardless of age, race, gender, cultural background or economic status will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. This means that there is not one member of the community that is not directly affected, either personally or through family, friends or work colleagues.

Mental illness is a complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors. It affects someone’s emotions, behaviours, interactions with others and ability to function. Mental illness like many illnesses can be treated. Recovery is possible with an appropriate mix of medical and non-medical interventions including community support and education.

However, the stigma attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community. This lack of understanding and support may exacerbate problems associated with the illness leading to isolation, addiction, job loss, homelessness and even suicide. Along with high personal and family costs mental illness is expensive costing the Canadian economy over $16 billion per year.

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The Work of CMHA VB (www.vb.cmha.bc.ca)

For over 50 years CMHA VB has been committed to health promotion in Vancouver and Burnaby through programs and services that expand knowledge, emphasize recovery, build resiliency and create opportunities and resources for those affected by mental illness.

All of our services promote the recovery model, which is based on the belief that for each person recovery is possible and is increased through self-determination. Thus, our rehabilitation services and education and training programs deliver outcomes that support people to have goals that bring enhanced meaning and purpose to their lives.

Your Donations at Work

Meeting New Goals
Peers Support Program – We manage the Fraser North Peer Support Program that utilizes shared experiences to promote recovery.
Education and Training - Education Services delivers a variety of courses and workshops as well as engaging in public education and outreach throughout the Lower Mainland. Find out more about our award winning Mental Health First Aid. www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca
Chinese Mental Health Promotion Program, available in both Mandarin & Cantonese, addresses issues ranging from the young to the young at heart.

Bounce Back
A Tele-coaching model that provides practical tips on managing moods and healthy living. www.bouncebackbc.ca Fit Within - professional counselling for adults with chronic and complicated health conditions.

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Social Enterprise Services – We assist in the creation and operation of consumer run businesses that offer employment and bring revenues back to the community. Supported Employment Services – We help individuals with a mental illness, find and keep paid employment in mainstream jobs.

Volunteer Program – Our volunteer program offers numerous volunteer opportunities within our branch, creating capacity to support our programs and services. Social and Recreation
Get Set & Connect - a program designed to help adults living with mental illness make connections and form meaningful relationships with others through activities in their community. Community inclusion is the goal. E.C.H.O. Burnaby Clubhouse is a member driven program that is designed to build relationships that support members in obtaining employment, exploring education, opportunities, recreation and leisure activities. Child and Youth Program - a program focuses on early intervention, promote resiliency and psycho-social education development.

Canadian Mental Health Assocation
Vancouver-Burnaby Branch
#110-2425 Quebec Street,
Vancouver, BC  V5T 4L6

Canadian Mental Health Assocation
North & West Vancouver Branch
Suite 211 - 260 West Esplanade,
North Vancouver, BC  V7M 3G7

Canadian Mental Health Assocation
BC Division
Suite 1200 - 1111 Melville Street,
Vancouver, BC  V6E 3V6