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Our 23rd Year !

Since 1991, 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.

The Network 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 Network’s culture of peer-run services and activities where the problem of power and oppression is significantly reduced.

The Network is a charitable, non-profit society run wholly by and for people who have experienced treatment in the mental health system.

 

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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.


 

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

 

WCMHN NEW ADDRESS

163 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC . . V6B 1S4


 

The Networker

SUMMER 2014 ISSUE

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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.

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Network Annual General Meeting

You're invited to attend!

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 12 pm.

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Raven Song Community Health Centre (Ontario at West 8th), basement level.

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.

Mark your calendar now!

Special Event

School Surveillance
& “Mental Health”

September 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Unitarian Church of Vancouver

Free screening of Children and Youth: Weak Science, High Risks, Hidden Harms
With Mr Rob Wipond, Victoria-based investigative journalist and news editor
for Mad In America, and Ms Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association
.

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Network Peer Support Groups - Check one out!

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 office@wcmhn.org

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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FEATURED ARTICLE

Psychosis 2.0
By Irit Shimrat

On 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 and recovery.”

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