This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in a given year?
No one should have to feel alone on the road to recovery.
And let’s face it, most roads are hard to find, without some kind of waymarker, sign, or helpful person to ask for directions.
So let’s be brave and vulnerable, and acknowledge the prevalence, and the impact, of mental illness, in our lives and communities.
Join Vancouver Coastal Health and the Pemberton Local Action Team outside the Pemberton Valley Supermarket today, between 11am and 3pm, for coffee, snacks, cake, and conversation.
Nancy Lee, the outgoing program coordinator for the Local Pemberton Action Team for the Child Youth Mental Health Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative will be on hand to demonstrate PlanY.ca, the wellness app that was created as a key resource for youth in Pemberton, LIl’wat Nation and the Lower Lakes communities, Area C and N’Quatqua.
Unfortunately, the funding for Nancy’s position and the CMHYSU project, ends in December.
The Child Youth Mental Health Substance Use collaborative project began in BC in 2013 with eight Local Action Teams (LATs) aiming to do something about the lack of coordination in response systems for child and youth mental health.
Over four years the initiative grew to 64 LATs, including a Pemberton and Area team that started
This collaborative has spurned great change in our mental health capacity in Pemberton.
- fostered a relationship between the doctors and local mental health practitioners;
- involved the schools in planning and service delivery;
- started work on a consent form for referral to services for youth;
- sent teachers and counsellors to be trained in a new Mental Health Curriculum;
- trained a trainer in Psychological First Aid who will now train others in the community; and
- developed a web-based resource for youth in the area called Plan-Y.
All this was possible because of the funding that allows us to get together, discuss and plan, instead of juggling the needs of local children and youth off the sides of their desks.
If you care about this issue, or care about someone who may need to navigate the mental health system, stop by and say hi to the team, and find out what resources are available or how you can become one.