The Kaleidoscope began in 2010 as an anonymous mental health support group at UBC’s Vancouver Campus. Kaleidoscope support groups are currently held at UBC Vancouver, and are open to all who wish to attend. Since 2010, Kaleidoscope has had period of expansion, including Douglas College in New Westminster, and the Cambie Community Centre in Richmond, and we have plans to expand to other public spaces across the province between 2019-2021.
Kaleidoscope’s primary goal is to provide a safe, confidential, stigma-free environment for all individuals who identify with having with lived experience of mental health concerns. We believe that by creating a growing support network by connecting with a group of individuals on a weekly basis, we can have a powerful impact in the Greater Vancouver community. Many attendees of Kaleidoscope have reported feeling isolated in their experiences with mental health concerns; however, meeting others with similar experiences can mitigate the stigma and feelings of discrimination, and replace feelings of isolation with a sense of belonging.
Our facilitators are not medical professionals, and we do not offer medical advice. Our facilitators identify with having personal lived experience of mental health concerns, and are provided with training in suicide prevention, mental health literacy, active listening, and facilitation skills.
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