23rd Year !
the Network has provided mental health service users with a profound
sense of community and belonging, as well as opportunities for social
interaction, education, creative self-expression and having a powerful
voice. Members who take part in Network programs do so as peers,
not as clients or patients, and are self-referred.
serves a unique population underserved by the mainstream mental
health community of services. Our client population is often wary
of mainstream services. They have had negative experiences negotiating
the professional/client relation-ships other organizations live
by and so they turn to the Networks culture of peer-run services
and activities where the problem of power and oppression is significantly
is a charitable, non-profit society run wholly by and for people
who have experienced treatment in the mental health system.
to the Network.
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.
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 articles, stories and poems here.
years of The Networker with hundreds of illustrations and photographs.
thank the following for their generous support of the work
that we do:
City of Vancouver
Gaming Commission of British Columbia
Central City Foundation
Geek Community Technology Centre
and Group Donors
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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.
Annual General Meeting
September 20, 2014 at 12 pm.
us at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, September 20, 2014,
at the Raven Song Community Health Centre (Ontario at West 8th),
Lunch will be
served at noon, and the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Besides electing
a new board of directors, we will discuss possible future directions
for the Network.
& Mental Health
28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Free screening of Children and Youth: Weak Science, High Risks,
With Mr Rob Wipond, Victoria-based investigative journalist and
for Mad In America, and Ms Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the
BC Civil Liberties Association.
INFO - PDF
Peer Support Groups - Check
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups are open
to members and non-members, but we hope that once you participate
you will feel comfortable becoming a Network member.
SUPPORT GROUP PAGE
By Irit Shimrat
June 13, 2014, I had the very good fortune to be in Toronto, attending
an amazing conference called Psychosis 2.0: New understandings
and effective ways of working with and healing from psychosis.
Psychosis 2.0 focused on trauma on the adversity and alienation
at the root of psychosis and on relationships
and communities as the basis for recovery and transformation. We
need a new conception of psychosis that grounds the
problem in social reality and looks to community development, inclusion
and social justice for solutions. The conference aimed to address
that need by showing the social, political and intergenerational
character of psychosis, and by sharing psychological
knowledge and best practices that are informed by love, dignity
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If you wish
to find out more about the West Coast Mental Health Network please
contact us at email@example.com
or phone 604-733-5570. Ask for a copy of our 16-page quarterly
publication: The Networker with your