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Greater Vancouver IRL events

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Other local mental health events.


Saturdays, March 14 - end of June

Conquering Waves dragonboat team promoting the recovery and decreasing stigma of people living with mental illness (see article). Adults throughout Vancouver who are living with any mental health concerns, their families and friends are also welcome. People of all abilities are encouraged to join, all levels welcome. Free. More info: aastorino@cw.bc.ca. Practices are held Saturdays at 1:30 March 14 to end of June @ Science World (to the left).


Frames of Mind monthly mental health film series, with post-screening discussions. Pacific Cinematheque Theatre, 1131 Howe St. 


April 24

Hot Topics in Mental Health Conference

 -  a conference presented by Vancouver Acute and Community Mental Health Services. The conference will include topics that will focus on various disciplinary in mental health such as understanding of the brain, trauma, stress, addictions and treatment options for personality disorder. The conference is for the staff of Vancouver Acute and Community Mental Health Services, mental health professionals, caregivers and consumers from Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraserhealth. Cost is $50 earlybird, $60 regular (registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch). Earlybird deadline is March 27. The conference will be held April 24 at Ballroom of the Plaza 500 Hotel, 500 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information call 604-875-4111 ext. 61918.


April 30

Courage To Come Back Awards 11th Annual Gala Dinner, Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. For tickets, call 604-675-2328 or purchase online at www.coastmentalhealth.com


May 11 to May 15
Mental Health Week

Every year, Strathcona Mental Health Team provides a one-week opportunity for our community to come together to discuss issues related to mental health and addictions. Seating is limited to about 100 people; so if you are interested and want to have a seat, get here early.  The talks are open to everyone, there is no fee, and no registration is necessary. Strathcona Mental Health Team, 330 Heatley Avenue, 604-253-4401.

May 11, '09, 1:30 - 3:30.  "Mental Health Commission of Canada: Introduction to Raincity's NEW Housing First Act Team." Speaker: Catherine Hume, Raincity Housing; Julian Somers, SFU Researcher; Service Provider TBA.

May 12, '09, 10:00 - 12:00. "Are We Covering the Ground? Who does what? A discussion on how the various agencies in the Downtown Eastside work together to provide services to people with Mental Health and Addictions issues." Speakers: Dale Wagner, Pender Community Health Centre (PCHC); Gerry Bradley, Strathcona Mental Health (SMH); Irene Jaakson, Urgent Response Team; Allan Shoom, Downtown Community Court; TBA Manager, Burnaby Mental Health and Addictions Unit.

May 12, '09, 1:30 - 3:30.  "Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: How Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Consumer Involvement and Consumer Initiatives build resilience and contribute to living beyond mental illness." Speakers: Daniel MacDonald, SMH; Josette Mangatal, SMH; Stephen Epp, SMH; Jude Swanson, SMH.

May 13, '09, 10:00 - 12:00. "10 Creative Things You Can Do with a Dirty Old Pony Club Ribbon: Hoarding Explained."  Speaker: Susan Henry, First United Church.

May 13, '09, 1:30 - 3:30. "Housing First: Roots, Philosophy, Achievements, and What It Portends to Bring to the DTES." Speakers: Liz Evans, Portland Hotel Society; Karen O'Shannacery, Lookout Emergency Aid society; Greg Richmond, Rain City Housing.

May 14, '09, 10:00 -12:00.  "Circle of Courage." Speaker: Dr. Martin Brokenleg, Director of Native Ministries Programmes and Professor of First Nations Ministry and Theology.

May 14, '09, 1:30-3:30. "Trauma: Building resilience in individuals, families and communities." Speakers: Liz Choquette, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services; Shelly Foster, PCHC; Andrew Larcombe, Downtown Community Health Centre. 

May 15, '09, 10:00 - 12:00. "ACT Programs in Inner-City Environments: Vancouver, New Westminster, and the Future." Speaker: Dr. Kathleen McGarvey, NWMH; Greg Richmond, Raincity Housing; Field Researcher TBA

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