Newsletter... - FAMILIES of Prince George

F.a.m.i.l.i.e.s. Newsletter
Family Alliance on Mental Illness - Leaders in Involvement, Empowerment and Support
Volume 17, No 2 Winter/Spring 2015
What’s Inside
Map of Family Support Groups
A Day in Quesnel Support & Education
Page 2
Map of Individual Support Groups
Your Recovery Journey
Page 3
Strengthening Families Together (SFT)
SFT Teachers’ Training Course
Page 4
Learn to L.E.A.P. Education Support Group
SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training
Page 5
Burns Lake Activity Groups
Burns Lake Wellness Activity Centre
School District 91 Events
Page 6
Mental Health First Aid Prince George
Mental Health First Aid Fraser Lake
Page 7
2015 Theatre Tour “Maladjusted”
Page 8
Returning To Spirit
Returning to Spirit (RTS) is a non-profit
organization that designs and delivers
workshops and training programs for
reconciliation. This is achieved within the context
of residential school issues that have negatively
impacted First Nations people, religious
communities and Canadian society in general.
since 2010 continues to shape her world. Every
member of her team has participated in RTS
creating a culture of respectful valuing among
staff, volunteers, the FAMILIES we serve and
opening up infinite possibilities.
Returning To Spirit work goes beyond healing;
transformation in
personal, family,
community and
organizational life.
The RTS focus
is on moving
people forward
principles o f
The next Aboriginal
workshop is
scheduled January
all of their
26 – 30, 2015, with
work, including
the non-aboriginal
workshop in Prince
George March 16
– 20, 2015.
Contact the
Domano Renewal
f a m i l i e s , An experiential workshop that provides the conditions for Centre at 250-964organizations transformation in personal, family, community and organizational life. 4475 or email
[email protected]
for more information and to pre-register.
communities to move forward in life.
The transformation Kim continues to experience
as a result of her ongoing participation in RTS
No referral needed to access individual or group services
All services are sponsored by BCSS and are FREE
Check or for details
Kim Dixon, BA, MSc , Regional Manager
(250) 561-8033; [email protected]
Support Groups for ALL FAMILY MEMBERS Affected by ANY Mental Illness
Burns Lake meets the first Monday of every
month from 6:30 - 8 PM at #113-270-Ninth
Avenue. Call Heather at (250) 692-7500
email at [email protected]
Mackenzie meets the second Wednesday
of every month from 6:30-8 PM. Call Tracy
(250) 997-5088 or email [email protected]
Prince George meets the first Thursday of
every month from 6:30 – 8 PM at 1117 – 6th
Avenue. Call Kim at (250) 561-8033 or email
[email protected]
NEW! FAMILIES at UNBC meets the third
Thursday of every month from 4:45-6:15 PM
at UNBC 6-307 (except February 19 UNBC
10-4068). Call Kim at (250) 561-8033 or
email [email protected]
Vanderhoof meets the second Monday of
every month 1-3 PM at the Health Clinic
multi-purpose room. Call Heather at (250)
692-7500 or email at [email protected]
NEW Fraser Lake meets the 3rd Monday of
every month from 3 - 4:30 PM at 312 McMillan
Ave. Call Sarah or Elaine at (250) 699-0056.
McBride meets the last Wednesday of every
month from 7 – 9 PM at the McBride Health
Clinic. Call Norma at (250) 569-2637 or
email [email protected]
Quesnel See below
for A Day in Quesnel.
Family Support & Education
For ALL family members affected by ANY mental illness or addiction
Appointments 4th Thursday every month
DATE: Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 23, May 28, Jun 25, 2015
TIME: 10 AM – 3 PM
PLACE:Grace Young Centre 395 Elliot Street
To make an appointment call toll-free at 1-888-561-8055 or email
[email protected]
Valemount Call Kim at 1-888-5618055 or email [email protected]
Support Groups for ALL INDIVIDUALS Affected by ANY Mental Illness
Granisle meets the third Tuesday
of every month from 1 – 3 PM
at Granisle Health Centre. Call
Heather at (250) 692-7500 or email
[email protected]
Burns Lake meets the fourth Tuesday
of every month from 1:30 - 3 PM
at #113-270-Ninth Avenue. Call
Heather at (250) 692-7500 email at
[email protected]
Your Recovery Journey
Education Course for Individuals ...meaning, management & medication
The overall goal of YRJ is to increase the participant’s ability to meet their personal recovery goals by enhancing their
self-determination and quality of life. The course helps accomplish this by:
•Providing an opportunity for participants to explore the many aspects of recovery.
•Exploring the roles of personal goals in the recovery process.
•Giving participants the knowledge and tools they need to be active particpants in
managing their illness and recovery.
•Modeling hope and frecovery by using a peer-support approach.
•Providing an opportunity for participants to reflect on and plan for their recovery
PLACE: QUESNEL Hospital Upper Board Room
DATES: Mondays, Feb 16 - Apr 20, 2015
TIME: 5 - 7 PM
CALL: Gail Rutledge at (250) 316-4111
[email protected]
DATES: Thursdays, Jan 29 - Apr 16, 2015
TIME: 4 - 6 PM
CALL: Kim Dixon at (250) 561-8033
[email protected]
Strengthening Families Together
For All Family Members Affected by Mental Illness
Education Program
Does mental illness affect you and your family? If you answered yes,
then this education course for all family members affected by any mental
illness is the place to learn more and how to successfully cope and adapt.
SFT increased accessibility to Canadian-based information on topics
associated with living daily with mental illness. SFT is more than
educational; it is about strengthening all family members including
parents, partners, siblings and adult children affected by any mental
illness. These include schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder,
depression, anxiety, addiction and concurrent disorders (mental illness
and addiction) by providing support, awareness and tools.
Place: SOUTHSIDE Health & Wellness Centre
Dates: 1st Tuesday each month
Time: 12 – 2 PM
Info: Heather Megchelsen at 250-692-7500 or
email [email protected]
Strengthening Families Together
Teaching Course for Qualified Participants
Teacher Training
Individuals and/or family members affected by any mental illness who have
taken the Strengthening Families Together education program are invited and
welcome to become a peer teacher.
Teacher training will be provided to teams of at least two (2) family members living
in Prince George, Quesnel, Lakes District, Robson Valley and Mackenzie who are
committed to teaching the education program in their respective communities.
Family members DO NOT need any previous teaching experience.
All program materials are provided and the participants have the opportunity
to practice the lecture and activities found in each module of the education
program curriculum. Training and materials, transportation to and from training,
accommodation and meals are all provided FREE of charge to participants.
Registration is limited and participants must PRE-REGISTER.
May 8 - 10, 2015
Training starts at noon of Friday 8th
Training continues all day Saturday 9th
Training ends at noon on Sunday 10th
For more information and to PRE-REGISTER before
April 24, 2015 call Kim Dixon at (250) 561-8033; toll free
1-888-561-8055 or email [email protected]
Learn to L.E.A.P.
Education Support Group
Many of you already know that the only book on mental illness that Kim has read more than once is Dr. Xavier Amador’s best-seller, “I
AM NOT SICK. I Don’t Need Help!”
Kim and Heather attended the first Listen – Empathize – Agree – Partner (L.E.A.P.) Master Class in BC in 2012. The L.E.A.P. training program
taught us a set of evidence-based practices to help individuals affected by mental illness that are experiencing denial or poor insight
(anosognosia), become fully engaged and adhere to recommended treatment.
The training is unique in that the same practices are taught to mental health providers, family caregivers and consumers. Dr. Amador has
recently released a companion video to the book to help us learn the seven L.E.A.P. tools and watch as Dr. Amador demonstrates their use
in role-plays. The video takes us beyond the book by showing us L.E.A.P. and Dr. Amador in action.
We will be showing the over 250 minutes of video along with an opportunity to practice L.E.A.P. For more information and to pre-register
for the limited number of FREE seats call Kim at 250-561-8033 or email [email protected]
Place: PRINCE GEORGE 1117 - 6th Avenue
Dates: Mondays, April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9 PM
Suicide Prevention Training
If you’ve ever feared someone might take their own life and didn’t know what to do, this
3-hour session will teach you what you need to know and how to take appropriate action.
Intervention opportunities can be overlooked. You will learn to recognize suicidal ideations
and apply basic steps to help connect the person at risk to suicide first aid help and futher
community resources. Check our website at for more information.
PRINCE GEORGE 1117 - 6th Avenue
Thursday, January 29, 2015
6 - 9 PM
Kim Dixon at 250-561-8033 or email [email protected]
Burns Lake Groups
FAMILIES Physical & Mental Health
Activity Groups
CHAIR YOGA, Every Monday, 12 - 1 PM
RELAXATION CLASS, Every Wednesday, 11 - 12 PM
WALKING GROUP, Every Thursday, 11 - 12 PM
NEW! ART PROCESS GROUP, Every Friday, 1 - 3 PM
led by Rowan (certified art therapist)
Heather Megchelsen, BA, Regional Coordinator
Wellness Activity Centre
#113 – 270 – 9th Avenue
For more information about any of
these activities call Heather Megchelsen
P: (250) 962-7500
E: [email protected]
Soup ‘n Social Outreach
Date: 2nd Tuesday of month
Time: 12 - 2pm
Info: Hosted by Heather Megchelsen
Recovery Support Group
Date: 4th Tuesday of month
Time: 1:30 - 3pm
Info: Facilitated by Heather Megchelsen
School District 91 Events
Grade 10 CAPP
Puppet Play
Kids & Teens In Control
An individual living in recovery
from mental illness, a family
member affected by mental
illness and a mental health service
provider share their personal
stories and experience with
mental illness and addiction. The
program has been opened up to
include CAPP grade 10 classes,
alternate schools, college classes
and the RCMP.
Describes mental illness as a
physical illness of the brain and
explains how to help.
FAMILIES, Carrier Sekani Family
Services and other mental health
providers are partnering to bring
this program of support and
education for kids and teens
affected by mental illness to the
Partnership Presentation
What are Friends For?
at (250) 962-7500 or email
[email protected]
for more information and to book a
FREE presentation or performance.
Coming To Lakes District
Become a Mental
Health First Aider!
Would You Know What To Do?
FREE for individuals and family members affected by mental illness or addiction
Dates: Times: Location: Contact: Dates: Sat & Sun, February 8 - 9, 2015
Times: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM each day Location: 312 McMillan Avenue
Contact: Heather Megchelsen (250) 692-7500
or email [email protected]
Sat & Sun, April 11 - 12, 2015
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily
1117 - 6th Avenue
Kim Dixon (250) 561-8033
or email [email protected]
before March 27, 2015
Mental Health First Aid Canada is a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
In Canada, one person in three will experience a mental health problem in their life time.
One in five will experience some problem with their mental health in the course of a year.
Half of all mental disorders begin by age 14 and 75% begin by age 24.
 Join over 38,500 mental health first aiders across Canada and get involved.
Kim Dixon, BA, MSc, Regional Manager
Heather Megchelsen BA, Regional Coordinator
Patricia Pedersen, Special Projects Consultant
Leanne Schmelzel, Leadership Coach
Linda O’Connor, BA, Communications Consultant