Letter Campaign

Healthy Minds Canada (formerly the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation) is fighting back against the stigma of mental illness with a letter campaign. The project will comprise of stories, in letter format, from the perspective of individuals who have personally suffered from mental illness as well as from the perspective of their families, friends, and healthcare workers. Their goal is to advance understanding of what it means to live with mental illness or to support someone who suffers from mental illness.

The campaign will immensely rely upon people’s participation. If you are interested in participating, letters may be up to 750 words and can include any of the following material regarding your journey with mental illness:

– When and how you knew there was an issue?

– What led you to seek help?

– What was the step that ultimately led to your path to recovery and wellness?

– Who were the most helpful people along your journey?

– What does wellness and illness look like for you?

– If you helped in the life of another, how did you do so?

– How are you affected by stigma?

For more information, please feel free to contact Julia (juliacottrelle@gmail.com).

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Education & Support Program

BRIDGES is a course offered by the BC Schizophrenia Society that helps support individuals on their journey to recovery. There are three types of courses through which students have the opportunity to learn about psychiatric diagnoses, which mental health treatments work best, and self-help. The courses are also a good opportunity for students to benefit from peer support.

The three courses offered are:

BRIDGES COURSE
10 session, 2.5 h. For people living with a mental illness

BRIDGES FOOTSTEPS
5 session, 1 h. For people in hospitals, residential treatment or jails

BRIDGES SUPPORT GROUP
Support group based on BRIDGES principles and information

For more information of each of those courses and to find out if one is nearby, please contact Debbie Sesula at 604-733-5812 or visit http://www.bcss.org/2007/05/programs/bridges-education-and-support-program/