How We Can Help | Canadian Mental Health Association Kootenays Branch

By: Canadian Mental Health Assn For The Kootenays  09-12-2011
Keywords: Mental Health, Employment

Through our range of services we aim to help build a community of hope, support and inclusion for people with mental illness. Some of our services include:

Support Services

  • Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health is a program designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety that may arise from stress or other life circumstances. It in now available in both English as well as Cantonese and Mandarin.
  • Lorne Fraser Educational Scholarships and Bursaries help people with a mental illness in BC acheive their post-secondary education goals. Applications are due each spring for the fall term of each year. The program has helped over 140 students since it was started in 1982 by Lorne Douglas Fraser.


  • The Employment Services Inventory is an up-to-date, searchable listing of more than 4500 services from 540 agencies that can help people with mental illness search for employment supports in their community. This resource can be used either for looking for individual program availability in your area or simply as a way of generating ideas for your future.

Housing & Income

  • The Provincial Income/Homeless Outreach Project was a yaer-long pilot project (June 2006 to July 2007) with a goal of assisting homeless individuals to access long-term solutions to address their state of homelessness including access to housing, a stable source of income, and other support services.
  • The Community Navigator Project is a program to help connect clients contacted through the Homeless Outreach Program and other referral sources to achieve goals beyond housing through one-on-one support. Piloted in 2008 by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, in partnership with CMHA BC, it aims to help individuals access government and community services and programs in order to improve their participation in their communities.

Public Education

  • Living Life to the Full classes can help those with low mood and worry while also helping community members to maintain good mental health.
  • Mental Health First Aid is the help provided a person developing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved. The concept is based on the model of medical first aid. Training for Mental Health First Aid is delivered by CMHA Branches to diverse groups in the communities.

Community Outreach

  • Connecting the Dots is an innovative project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, which seeks to promote the mental health of urban Aboriginal youth and families by mobilizing the community to address risk and protective factors influencing mental health. It adapts an American-based prevention science model known as Communities that Care (CTC) to the urban Aboriginal Canadian context.

Keywords: Employment, Mental Health

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