Services Offered | Canadian Mental Health Association Simon Fraser Branch

By: Canadian Mental Health Association - Simon Fraser Branch  09-12-2011
Keywords: Mental Health, Housing, independent living

The Canadian Mental Health Association - Simon Fraser Branch (CMHA-SF) serves 130 housing clients, and more than 200 outreach clients annually, plus a variable number of clients for other services. We have 14 full time, 23 casual and part-time staff, dozens of volunteers, and an annual budget of $2,119,654.

Housing Programs

  • Supported Independent Living and Community Living Support
    Both the Supported Independent Living (SIL) and the Community Living Support (CLS) programs provide practical support and/or subsidies to clients (by referral) living in their own apartments and transitioning to independent living. We help about 90 people in New Westminster to acquire the skills and confidence to live independently and pursue life goals.
  • Transitional Housing
    CMHA-SF operates and staffs four transition houses and one two-bedroom apartment which support referred clients in acquiring the necessary skills to live independently in the community. We strive to create a positive and supportive environment, helping clients on their road to recovery.
  • Youth Supported Independent Living
    This program provides housing and support to referred youth who are 16-21 years old, have a mental illness, and are unable to live with family. We aid youth to gain the personal life skills to live independently and pursue life goals, including employment and education.

Outreach Program

Our outreach workers go out into the community of Maple Ridge where homeless people are and work with them to help register for benefits, find housing, and attend methodone clinics and other programs. Outreach staff connect homeless men and women to services which meet their practical needs and help them regain a foothold on life.

Bounce Back

This program is for adults who experience mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety and are referred by their GPs to our branch.  It is provincially funded and offered at no charge to the participants.

A trained coach works by telephone to help the person learn new coping skills to better manage their physical and emotional conditions, so that they can return to a more satisfying and enjoyable life.

Simon Fraser Recycling

We pick up recycling donations from local businesses on a bi-weekly basis. The recycling program generates some funds for our programs and is environmentally friendly; donors also earn tax receipts.

Social Enterprise Thrift Store

The CMHA-SF Treasure Chest Thrift Store provides work experience for clients and generates additional funds to support our community programs. Thanks to generous donations from the community, it provides a portal for recycling valuable goods, keeping them from landfills and providing bargains for our shoppers. We are located in a vibrant part of uptown New Westminster (435 6th Street). Come visit us!

Education Programs

  • Smoking Cessation
    This program helps clients to stop or reduce smoking, and gain both healthy minds and healthy bodies. CMHA-SF developed this innovative twelve-week smoking cessation support program based on cognitive behavioural techniques, which has been adopted by many organizations across the country. We currently provide participant workbooks, a facilator's guidebook, and training for those who wish to facilitate groups.
  • Thrift Store
    This social enterprise helps provide training for thrift store volunteers to learn customer service, merchandising, cash register, and other related skills.
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
    We offer MHFA courses as a fee-for-service program to organizations interested in helping their employees recognize and cope with mental health challenges for their own friends, family members, and their co-workers.
  • Peace of Mind Newsletter
    We publish a quarterly newsletter which includes mental health articles, client-authored recovery articles, and news of CMHA-SF events.
  • Training
    We offer training for reception assistants and one-on-one computer tutorials for our clients. We run Healthy Body, Healthy Mind programs in our transition houses to help clients learn nutritional, psychological, and behavioural skills to cope with symptoms of mental illness.

Financial Services

We administer and issue cheques for:

  • Clients through the Therapeutic Volunteer Program
  • The Fraser Health Consumer Rehabilitation and Participation Program
  • The Residential Support Program through BC Housing
  • Housing support for outreach clients through BC Housing
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Health Association, Housing, independent living, Mental Health, Mental Health Association, Outreach Program, Thrift Store

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