The Kaleidoscope started in early 2010 as UBC’s first student-created, student-run mental health support group at the university’s Vancouver Campus. A small group of students and faculty from the UBC community mobilized to form this initiative in the interest of building a stronger community of support for students affected by mental health problems and illnesses.
Kaleidoscope’s primary goal is to provide a safe, stigma-free environment for individuals who identify with having with lived experience of mental illness and problems in and around UBC. Kaleidoscope is a place for people to come and participate in a growing support network, where stories may freely be shared in confidence and without fear of discrimination with others who may be going through similar experiences.
We believe that by reaching out to a small core group of individuals on a weekly basis, we can have an eventual impact that grows within the community. Such actions would ideally mitigate the stigma and discrimination so many people living with a mental illness face.
Our hope is that attendees of Kaleidoscope can both listen to, and share, personal experiences; gain knowledge about available resources; and learn skills and strategies conducive to managing mental events and coping with the everyday.
We aim to foster a community for individuals who may feel isolated by their experience with mental illnesses or problems through the following approach:
- We facilitate (and encourage users to participate in) an open dialogue, so that anyone with questions and concerns can come and talk with others in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.
- We provide support to individuals on their journey to reach mental wellness and recovery in the form of resources, tools, and activities.
- We maintain an atmosphere of confidentiality out of respect for all group participants
Over the years, we have expanded to multiple meetings per week at UBC; we hold weekly meetings at Douglas College in New Westminster between the more academically-active months of September and April; and from September 2014 to May 2015, we held a weekly group at the Cambie Community Centre in Richmond.
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