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1 Community Supports for Families Supporting a Loved One Living with Illness and/or Addiction Counselling, Support Groups, and Education Prepared by: Jessica Wilkins Coordinator, Support & Involvement Community and Addictions Vancouver Coastal Updated: April 2014

2 Community Support for Families Organization Service Provided/Audience Location/Contact Support Groups VCH - Raven Song Support Group Mutual support group for families with a loved one living with mental illness. 2 nd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 8:30 p.m. Raven Song Community Centre 2450 Ontario Street, Vancouver Downstairs Room B4/3 Contact: Isabella Mori Parents Forever Mood Disorder Association BC Schizophrenia Society A professionally supported, mutual support group for parents and family members of adult addicted children (18 years of age and up). Support for families with a family member living with a mood disorder. Offer monthly family education series as well as monthly family support groups. -based organization with branches across British Columbia. Information and support for persons living with/affected by schizophrenia. Offers psychoeducational series Strengthening Families Together as well as ongoing support groups. Group meets every 2 nd Friday at St. Mary s Kerrisdale 2490 W 37 th Ave, Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Contact: Frances Kenny or Support groups across lower mainland, interior, and Vancouver island. For specific location and contact information see complete list on MDA website: default/files/pdf/lower%20mainland%20 Groups%20May%207% pdf Vancouver: 2 nd and 4 th Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm Mount St. Joseph Hospital, Harvest Room A Branches exist across BC. Contact local coordinator for specific information regarding support group meeting times. Provincial head Office

3 St. Paul s Hospital Canadian Association Richmond Branch VCH Eating Disorder Program Support Group Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program VCH North Shore Clinic Al-Anon Groups Offer mental health family support group for families of someone diagnosed with a mental illness. Chinese Support Groups. Support for Chinese families with a loved one living with mental illness. Support group for family and friends of someone who lives with an eating disorder. Provides early identification and treatment for psychosis. Services include family meetings, group sessions, family education and support for families of clients of the EPI program. Support groups for families with a loved one living with mental illness and receiving service through Services on the North Shore. Mutual support groups for persons with a family member or friend living with alcoholism. Offered throughout the year. Please contact: Pamela Plain Ext Contact: Bessie Wang Tel: ext. 12 Group is open to all family members and friends regardless of whether their loved one is attending the VCH program. 1 st and 3 rd Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30pm Location: 3 rd Floor, 2750 East Hastings, Vancouver Contact: Hella at: extension EPI program is available to youth living in Vancouver and Richmond. Office location: 2750 E Hastings Street, Vancouver, V5K 1Z North Shore Intake: Program contact: Colleen Griffin ext 4820 Meetings take place across British Columbia. Consult website for exact location. Al-Anon Central Office (Vancouver) Online Groups: 3

4 Narc-Anon Groups North Shore Schizophrenia Society Services of the North Shore (Eating Disorder) Looking Glass Foundation of BC Canadian Association Super Saturday Club Involvement and Support Fraser Mutual support groups for persons affected by another person s addiction. Offers NAMI s to program. Peer-led 12 week psychoeducational program for families with a family member living with serious mental illness. Also offer a monthly support group for families in addition to educational resources. Support group for parents, partners, and friends of persons living with an eating disorder. Offers education and support to families and persons living with an eating disorder. The Super Saturday Club is a no-cost monthly recreation program for child whose parents have mental illness. Provides children the opportunity to increase their social network while promoting social skill development and confidence. Contacts for families who have a loved one accessing service in the Fraser Authority region Meetings across British Columbia, consult website for exact times/locations. Registration is required for the to program and participation is limited to people per course. Offered 2x/year at NSSS (September & January) 1x/year in Sea to Sky Contact: Margeurite Hardin, NSSS Support Coordinator Support group meetings 3 rd Wednesday of each month at West Vancouver office. Please contact Margeurite prior to attending. 2 nd & 4 th Monday of each month (except holidays), 6:30-8pm Location: West 1st Street, North Vancouver Contact: CaraLynne at , ext. 362 or For more information, visit Contact: Open to children aged 8-17 whose parent is a client of VCH, VCMHS, or Richmond Services. Referral is required through Team Case Manager or and Child Therapist. Contact: Kristina Dixon Tara Wolff, Consumer and Involvement Support Worker Len Polak, Speacialist 4

5 Counselling Services of Greater Vancouver Services North Shore Individual, couple, family counselling. Individual, couple, family counselling. Clients must be residents of the north shore. Program offices in Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster, Surrey. Intake: Provides services to individuals and families living in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New West, and Surrey. Sliding scale: $15/hour - $70/hour (based on household income). Wait list: approximately 2-3 months West 1 st Street, North Vancouver Intake: Sliding Scale: $20/hour-$100/hour Wait List: approximately 4-5 weeks. Jewish Services Agency Catholic Services Vancouver Oak Counselling Services Society The Adler Centre Individual and family counselling available on a sliding scale (based on household income). Individual, couple, and family counselling available on a sliding scale. Professionallysupervised counselling for individuals, couples, and families. Professionallysupervised individual, couple, and family counselling. Also offer family support programming such as parenting groups. (Open to all families and communities) Rebecca Denham, Outreach Worker ext 1232 Alan Stamp, Director of Therapy Services (Open to all families and communities) Robson St., Vancouver, V6B 2A7 They also have a new office located in Surrey Sliding Scale: $40/hour - $120/hour (based on household income). Waitlist: approximately 1 week 949 West 49 th Ave Vancouver, BC Sliding Scale: $10/hour for individuals on PWD - $65/hour Wait list for subsidized counselling: 6 months W Broadway Vancouver, BC Cost: Sliding scale is available. 5

6 Stewart and Associates Dragonstone Counselling UBC Psychology Clinic SUCCESS Individual and Counselling Program Individual, couple, and family counselling. Subsidized counselling program offers counselling sessions with a supervised counselling intern. Individual, couple, and family counselling. Subsidized counselling program offers counselling sessions with a supervised counselling intern. Assessment and counselling services provided by Doctoral student interns supervised by registered psychologists. Individual and family counselling for a variety of presenting concerns offered in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and English. SUCCESS programs focus on needs of new immigrants of Chinese and other ethnic origins. They also offer play and art therapy Homer St Vancouver, BC Sliding Scale: $15/hour - $120/hour Waiting List: $15/hour - $60/hour 3-4 weeks; $60/hour & up 1 week Located in Kitsilano. Phone: Waiting List: 2-3 weeks Sliding Scale: $0 - $150/ hour ($0-$40/hour supervised interns) Douglas Kenny Building 2136 West Mall Vancouver, BC Phone: Waiting List: 3-4 weeks for an intake assessment by a clinic assistant and then clients are placed on a waiting list. Interns select clients off the wait list based on their area of training so wait list is not first-come-first served. Sliding Scale: $10-$40/hour for counselling sessions; assessments are $120-$480 Vancouver 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver Tel: Burnaby (Friday Only) Ministry of Children and Development Office Tel: Coquitlam 2058 Henderson Place, 1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam Tel: Waiting List: 4-6 weeks Sliding Scale: $25-$110/hour 6

7 City University Counselling Clinic Education Resources St. Paul s Hospital Wesbsite Alcohol and drug Information and Referral Service Individual, couple and family counselling by interns currently completing their Master s of Counselling degree. Information about mental health and addictions, guided tours of a consumer s inpatient stay, videos from consumers and family members regarding mental health and recovery topics. Can connect individuals to mental health and addictions resources across British Columbia. Phone: Cost: Free Wait List: No wait list Toll free: or Centre for Addiction and Information on mental illness and addiction including assessment, treatment, and research. Resources are separated by mental health and addiction topic. N /A_Z_MENTAL_HEALTH_AND_ADDICTION_INFORMATI ON /Pages/default.aspx National Alliance on Illness Information and resources regarding mental illness. Register for free to access online discussion groups. 7

8 Commission Canada Early Psychosis Intervention Vancouver Coastal Looking Glass Foundation of BC The Red Book Online BC211 National organization providing information on mental health and addiction. Provides early identification and treatment for psychosis. Website contains information and resources regarding mental illness including psychosis as well as a section for families. Provides information and resources regarding assessment and treatment of eating disorders. Also provides information about Woodstone Residence- BC s first residential treatment program for eating disorders. The Red Book is a complete online guide to community and government agencies across the Lower Mainland. Offered in partnership with the United Way, an online and telephone directory of social services across districts of Metro Vancouver, Freaser Valley, and Squamist- Lilloet. ml Or dial on your telephone (call is free). 8

9 BC Schizophrenia Society Mood Disorder Association of BC Kelty Resource Centre Here to Help BC Ministry of & Addictions Canadian Association BCSS is a family baed organization providing support and education services throughout the province to help family members and their ill relatives cope with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. Non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education, and hope of recovery for those living with a mood disorder or other mental illness. BC's Provincial Child and Youth Resource Centre (up to age 25) as well as BC's Eating Disorder's Resource Centre for all ages. Website of the BC Partners in and Addictions and provides mental health and substance use information you can trust. Information and resources, including BC legislation. Information and resources for families and consumers of mental health services. Website includes family and friends section with a number of printable resources on topics including: advocacy, programs and services, confidentiality, continuity of care, etc. Website includes information and resources regarding mood disorders and support services in British Columbia. MDA also offers mental health education workshops and seminars that are advertised on their website. Website includes information and resource regarding mental illness and support services in British Columbia. Kelty Centre also offers mental health education workshops and seminars as advertised on their website. Website includes information and resources including downloadable version of the BC Act, access to a toll-free information line, and the BC Government directory. Phone:

10 CIBC Center for Patients and Families at VGH A resource centre that helps family members make informed choices about your health, before, during, and after your hospital stay. Located inside Vancouver General Hospital the centre offers information and resources regarding a variety of health topics including mental health. Families can also access computer terminals for personal use while their loved one is in hospital. Location: 855 W. 12th Ave., Jim Pattison Pavilion, Room 1861 [Main floor behind the information desk] Tel: Hours: Monday Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Thursday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 10

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