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This program offers interested consumer/ survivors an opportunity to volunteer as Peer Advocates with ARA Mental Health and Peer Mentors with The Network.

Be a Peer Mentor and reach out to isolated or hospitalized mental health consumers.

Be a Peer Advocate and provide advocacy support to individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis.

In the Peer Support Bridging Program you will:

- Receive specialized training in advocacy and anti-oppressive values
- Have the opportunity on a casual basis to support your peers in mental health
- Receive a monthly stipend to cover outreach telephone costs
- Receive a certificate of recognition and
a job reference for future employment

Peer Advocates will work four hours per week doing outreach advocacy tasks and sitting in on ARA advocacy sessions. Peer Mentors will do outreach in the community introducing consumer/survivors to the Network and doing some hospital visits. This is a great opportunity to get some hands-on work experience in peer support.

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If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact the Network office for more information.

Email or Phone 604 733-5570

Member Benefits:

Member Fine Art

The fine art on our web pages showcase Network members' artist talents. Take a look here. Some artwork is for purchase. Please call the office at (604) 733-5570 for more info.

Members who wish to advertise their art on our website contact the Network coordinator. Please note - we ask you make a small donation to the network for any artwork sold.


Member Writing

Read member articles, stories and poems here.

Read years of The Networker with hundreds of illustrations and photographs.

New programming direction for the Network

The West Coast Mental Health Network is branching out into mental health education for youth. Our board has decided to embark upon a research program of peer education in schools that we hope will fill a gap in public education about mental health.


Join us! Network Peer Support Groups

Choose your group:
- Cultural Arts Group
- Men's Coffee Club
- Yoga Group
- Writer's Group
  - Expressive Arts Group
- Conversation Club
- Co-Ed Vollyball/Badminton Group
- Women's Group

Check out a group. Free to join.

If you are interested in joining one of our groups, or participating in a Community Education Program workshop, please contact the Network office at 604-733-5570, or e-mail us at

Groups are open to members and non-members, but we hope that once you participate you will feel comfortable becoming a Network member.

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Member Creative Showcase

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Thank You Supporters

We thank the following for their generous support of the work that we do:

  • ARA Mental Health
  • The City of Vancouver
  • The Gaming Commission of British Columbia
  • The Central City Foundation
  • Free Geek Community Technology Centre
  • Individual and Group Donors

Your gift really makes a difference!

Donate Now Through!Thank You!


If you want to find out more about the West Coast Mental Health Network please contact us at or phone 604-733-5570. Ask for a copy of our 16-page quarterly publication: The Networker with your donation.