Happy New Year! It’s been a decade since the conception of Kaleidoscope, isn’t that exciting? We’re happy to announce the times and locations of our 3 groups running this term (Jan-Apr 2020).
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out on social media or by email 🙂
The student who writes this article was first diagnosed with a mental illness as a graduate student.
Follow this link to read their story: http://theprofessorisin.com/2013/03/13/3546/
Three young adults – two of which are Kaleidoscope’s own facilitators! – will share their stories about living with mental illness or mental ill-ability. As part of the Mental Health Network anti-stigma campaign, this event is an opportunity for the UBC community to learn about living with major depression disorder, bipolar type 1 and bipolar type 2. We will also have an open mic for students, staff and faculty in the audience to share their stories and ideas about mental health.
Date: Monday, January 28th, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Irving K. Baber Learning Centre – Room 182
Refreshments will be provided!
ILL-A•bil•i•ty: \ˈil-ə-bi-lə-tē\ n.
The opposite of disability: adaptation of power, strength, and creativity. Anything one puts their mind to, will be done. Creating advantages from disadvantages: A physical or mental “handicap” that one adapted themselves to, to pursue living a full, normal life.
– Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli
More info here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGxlZFhIamQwakw5UHd5VVh0RzMwN0E6MA#gid=0
RSVP directly here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGxlZFhIamQwakw5UHd5VVh0RzMwN0E6MA#gid=0
Do you have personal experience receiving mental health services? Are you interested in working with people who are recovering from mental illness? Becoming a Peer Support Worker might be a great way for you to be a mentor for others and gain experience in the field.
- Training is 6-9 hours per week
- 36 hour practicum following training
- Training is free for Vancouver residents; $350 for outside residents
Full information and application form: http://peerwork.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/pdf-vancouver-peer-support-training-application.pdf
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:
10 session, 2.5 h. For people living with a mental illness
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/
The Canadian Mental Health Association will be holding their 2nd annual Miles for Mental Health Run in May of this year to increase awareness of mental illness and reduce stigma. Check it out!2012_Miles_For_Mental_Health