Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
Stigma is when someone is judged for who they are as a person (including race or gender identity), the things they are experiencing in life, or the choices they make. This can include mental health or substance use challenges. Feeling shame or blame in your life, can affect your overall wellbeing.
Things are changing a lot. There is more awareness of how stigma impacts people.
Many people are working to improve the support and services that exist, so that people can feel safe and respected when accessing help. This may include being able to access care that is provided in your language of choice or finding a program that supports your connection to your culture.
It’s important to talk about the tough stuff. There’s strength in talking about the things you are dealing with.
Have a conversation with a loved one or a friend. If someone reaches out to you for help, the best thing you can do is listen without judgement.
If you’re seeking support from a mental health and substance use professional, you can ask questions about their beliefs, experience, and the kinds of supports they provide. This can help you decide if they’re the right person for you.
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Committed to combating stigma of all kinds, with a focus on mental health.
The Family Support Institute is a volunteer-run organization supporting families who have a family member with a disability.
The Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not for profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability. FSI is unique in Canada and the only grassroots family-to-family organization with a broad volunteer base. FSI supports and services are free to any family. Services include:
This interactive, 8-week course helps you build skills for coping with stress, problem solving and boosting mood.
Through group-based sessions led by a trained facilitator over video conference, participants learn self-management skills using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. Living Life to the Full is for people of all ages – choose from tailored courses for adults, older adults, youth, and new moms.
For residents of B.C., virtual courses are being offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the province. Courses are offered in English, French, Chinese and Punjabi.
Living Life to the Full is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for of all as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Online information and resources that help people live well, prevent and manage mental health and substance use challenges.
Find quality information, learn new skills, and connect with key resources in B.C. Explore strategies to help you take care of your mental health and use substances in healthier ways and learn how you can support a loved one.