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
relationships 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 reduced.
The Network is a
charitable, non-profit society run wholly by and for people who have
experienced treatment in the mental health system.
fine art on our web pages was created by members of the Network and
is available for purchase. Please call the office at (604) 733-5570
for more info.Members
who wish to advertise their art should contact the coordinator at the
Network office. Please note, however, that we ask you make a small donation
to the network for any artwork sold.
thank the following for their generous support of the work that we do:
- The Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority
- The Gaming Commission
of British Columbia
- The Central City
- Free Geek Community
- Individual and
on our website.
The Network relies
primarily on annual funding from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
to provide our current high level of unique programming. But to keep
us working at capacity, we have also relied on less secure funding,
which may or may not be available in any given year. To meet this contingency
we welcome any donation you can afford.
charitable status number 87121 8129 RR0001
you wish to find out more about the West Coast Mental Health Network
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 604-733-5570.