Recent News

Recent News: Two Kaleidoscope facilitators attended Pathway for Assisitng Life (PAL) Suicide First Aid. In this two-day workshop, we learned to invite connection and communication to those experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour. These skills are valuable and integral for our facilitators to develop and maintain a safe(r) space in our support groups. In this training, we learned: that suicidal thoughts and behaviors are more common than one may think; skills on how to ask people if they are suicidal; and how to intervene and help a person who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours. You are not alone if you feel moments of distress, and our Kaleidoscope facilitators are now more comfortable to provide this support.


Coping with Uncertainty

Course facilitated by the VCH Peer-led Workshop Program

Feeling stressed by the news of the day? Join others to explore strategies to help cope with uncertainty and manage stress.

Developed during the pandemic, this virtual 4-session series will look at stress and anxiety, and common thinking traps that can affect our mental wellbeing. This course also includes a workbook with many additional tools. Two consecutive sessions of the course will start in January 2022.

The course is being offered as part of a research study on peer-led mental health education using the Recovery College model. 

Participants’ involvement in the research will include:

  • Completing a questionnaire before and after the course
  • Completing a measure of fidelity to the Recovery College model
  • Participating in a 2-hour focus group
  • Sharing basic information about themselves (e.g., age, location, gender identity). Participants are welcome to skip over any questions they don’t want to answer

There is a small honorarium for participating in the research.

If you’re interested in participating in the course and research, email Tracy Windsor:

If you have specific questions about the course itself, email Sue:

 We hope to see you there!


Peppermint Party

Join us on December 2nd to learn how to make peppermint bark, no baking required! 🎄

You might be wondering: what is peppermint bark? It’s a holiday treat made with two types of chocolate (semisweet/dark and white chocolate), along with chopped candy canes!

The list of ingredients will be posted tomorrow so you can follow along with the lesson.

The first half of the session will be general support group check-ins, and the lesson will take place in the latter half of the session.

Here is the Zoom link:


UBC Thrive Event Screening of “That’s Just Crazy Talk” by Victoria Maxwell

November 19, at 7:30-9:30 pm at UBC in the Nest viewing room 2601

Kaleidoscope is excited to present ‘That’s Just Crazy Talk’ for UBC Thrive 2021. The screening will be followed by a one-hour discussion facilitated by Kaleidoscope Support Group Facilitators.

Victoria Maxwell’s critically acclaimed theatrical keynote That’s Just Crazy Talk’ looks at both the light and dark side of living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. It describes one woman’s journey of coming to terms with mental illness within herself and in her family, uncovering long kept secrets. An intimate, yet universal story exploring the judgment we face not only from others, but from ourselves and the mysteries of family secrets. This funny and achingly truthful presentation both entertains and educates, exploding stigmas and portraying the love and resilience it takes to stay together as a family in the midst of illness and the beauty that can result when we face our fears. ‘That’s Just Crazy Talk is endorsed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) as one of the most effective anti-stigma tools in Canada.


Rice Krispie Pumpkins: Ingredients

Join us this Thursday from 6:30-8pm to learn how to make Rice Krispie Pumpkins!

Here is the list of ingredients and supplies you will need to complete the recipe and follow along with the lesson.

Zoom link for the session 🙂


Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Fall is finally here! Celebrate the new season with Rice Krispie Pumpkins!

Join us on October 7th to learn how to make Rice Krispie Pumpkins, no baking required! The list of ingredients will be posted tomorrow so you can follow along with the lesson.

General support group check-ins will take place from 6:30-7:30 PM, and the Rice Krispie Pumpkins tutorial will start at 7:30 PM.

Here is the Zoom link: