Supporting a Survivor Workshop

Throughout the workshop we will cover support, disclosure and reporting, and provide some foundations for supporting survivors of sexualized violence. This workshop will discuss different approaches and tools that can be used when supporting someone, which includes active listening, believing survivors, showing empathy and making referrals. These workshops are free, open to all, and require online registration. This workshop will be held twice – on February 9th and April 20th from 5:00-7:00 PM PST.
Location: Student Union Building 3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC V8W 3P3
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/supporting-a-survivor-in-person-tickets-492064938477?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Free Weekly Breathwork Class

You are invited every Wednesday to experience the great benefits of the Joy of Breathing technique. Learn how to breathe naturally and fully with this simple and effective method. Start your journey to greater health, vitality, peace and joy! These 30 minute weekly online classes are free and available to all. Registration is free. This class will take place online through Zoom.
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/breathwork-free-weekly-class-victoria-tickets-389288641807?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&keep_tld=1

Presentation on childhood anxiety by Julie-Anne Richards

Julie-Anne Richards, registered clinical counsellor and psychoeducational consultant, is offering a free presentation on Childhood Stress and Anxiety. The Presentation is tailored for parents, caregivers and educators supporting children ages 5-12. Registration is required online and this event is for adults only. It is taking place on November 24th from 6:30-8:00 PM PST.
Location: Torquay Elementary School, 4413 Torquay Drive Victoria, BC V8N 3L3
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-live-presentation-on-childhood-anxiety-by-julie-anne-richards-victoria-tickets-443505285247?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Understanding Veteran Homelessness and Mental Health

The VAC has provided educational resources for various populations in order to help people understand veteran homelessness and veteran mental health. These resources are good for family members, the general public, medical professionals, and care-workers alike.
Websites for homelessness: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/housing-and-home-life/at-risk-housing/homeless 
Website for mental health: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/health-support/mental-health-and-wellness/understanding-mental-health

Self-care Guide by Uvic Peer Support Centre

The UVSS Peer Support Centre has put together a self-care guide with resources specifically for UVic students. It is set up like a quiz, and has tailored suggestions for how to regulate your physical and mental wellness.
Contact: pscoperations@uvss.ca
Website:
https://uvss.ca/self-care-flowchart/

Addictions Awareness week: Childhood traumas leading to Addiction

This free virtual talk will discuss how childhood trauma results in many forms of addiction, which can include an unhealthy bond with people, substances, risky behaviours, shopping, and more. This webinar will teach attendees why this happens and how to create healthier lifestyles. Webinar offered by Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour on Tuesday, November 8 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Websitehttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/addictions-awareness-week-childhood-traumas-leading-to-addiction-tickets-444358336747?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

The Free Mindfulness Project

The Free Mindfulness Project has compiled a number of free online guided meditation practices. The project focuses on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). It features many different categories, including breath work and body scans.
Contact: contact@freemindfulness.org
Website: https://www.freemindfulness.org/download

Face 2 Face With Stigma Community Workshop to Address Homelessness’s Stigmas

Face 2 Face is a free workshop that is taking place on Saturday, October 15th from 1 to 4 p.m. It is inspired and run by individuals who are living with or who have experienced homelessness, substance abuse, or mental health disorders. The workshop is aimed to spread awareness about issues faced by those who have been pushed aside due to stigma, and to create a powerful dialogue that will lead to systemic change.
Location: Sooke Baptist Church at 7110 West Coast Rd
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/face-to-face-with-stigma-community-event-tickets-419120971107

Living with Grief: Adjusting to Life After Loss

This workshop, developed by the grief counsellors at Victoria Hospice, is aimed to help people learn to live with their grief, following the death of a person who is important to them. This event is free and pre-registration is required. Masks are mandatory to participate. This event is taking place on September 28th from 6:30-8:30 PST.
Location: Victoria Hospice Community Support Centre, 4450 Chatterton Way #102, Victoria, BC V8X 5J2
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/living-with-grief-adjusting-to-life-after-loss-tickets-401508882877?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

BC Families in Transition

BC Families in Transition is a program that offers services and counselling available at a sliding scale, depending on income. These services include: budgeting assistance, “caught in the middle” group support, parenting programs, and youth and family counselling.
Location: 812 Broughton St, Victoria, BC V8W 1E4
Contact: 250-386-4331
Website: https://www.fsgv.org/

Elderly Outreach Service

Elderly Outreach Service is an organization that provides counselling and advocacy for elderly people with age-related mental health problems. Some of the services they offer include assessment, treatment planning and follow-up, consultation with facilities, providing caregivers and health professionals, and education for families.
Location: 2828 Nanaimo St, Victoria, BC V8T 4W9
Contact: 250-953-3966 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bc%20Elderly%20Outreach%20Svc/1844177435809509/

VIHA Community Treatment Services for Addictions

VIHA offers addiction counselling, addiction treatment, support groups, and educational groups. These programs are available for those with substance issues, as well as those affected by another’s substance use. There are programs available for youth and adults.
Location: 1250 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8W 2K7
Contact: 250-519-3485
Website: https://www.islandhealth.ca/our-services/mental-health-substance-use-services

Foundation House – Recovery House for Men

Foundation House was established in 1993 and offers a home to up to ten men in recovery. Clients are welcome to stay for up to two years, a factor that separates the program from other short-term programs. This program is for men aged 18+ who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Housing is provided at a subsidized low cost.
Location: 536 Cecelia Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 4T7
Contact: foundationhouse@shaw.ca or 250-480-1342
Website: https://victoriafoundation.bc.ca/vital-people/foundation-house/

James Bay Community Project

The James Bay Community Project is an organization that provides a community thrift store, youth clinic, youth outreach service, publicly accessible computer, community library, food service, seniors’ group, parent/child drop-in group. Children, adolescents, adults, and seniors are serviced through this organization. Mental health treatment is also offered through their anxiety management program.
Location: 547 Michigan St, Victoria, BC V8V 1S5
Contact: 250-388-7844 or askus@jbcp.ca
Website: http://www.jbcp.bc.ca/

BRIDGE adult day program

Building Respect, Inspiring Dreams, Gaining Energy (BRIDGE) Centre has an adult day program for individuals 19+ who experience mental health issues in addition to cognitive impairment. This program meets three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 9:30am-2:30pm. Transportation can be provided. Referrals are accepted through Island Health, psychiatric nurses, family doctors, case managers or self referrals.
Location: 125 Skinner Street, Victoria, British Columbia
Contact: Anna.Or@icmha.ca or 250-389-1211 ext. 233
Website: https://icmha.ca/the-bridge-centre/

Kids and Teens in Control Support Groups

These education and support programs are catered to youth ages 8-19 who have a parent or family member with a serious mental illness. They teach youth healthy coping strategies, education on mental illnesses and connect them to peers who are going through similar experiences. It is provided by the BC Schizophrenia Society and consists of 8 sessions once or twice a week. They will be facilitated by mental health workers. Please contact for more information and the nearest program to you. Youth 14+ are able to self refer to the program.
Website: https://www.bcss.org/support/bcss-programs/kidsincontrol/
Contact:  kidsincontrol@bcss.org or 1-888-888-0029 (toll free)

Clear Fear Anxiety App

The Clear Fear app is designed for users ages 11-19 to reduce the physical responses to threat and anxiety. This app uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other techniques to help individuals learn how to breathe, relax and be mindful. This is free to download. Parental or teacher support is recommended for uses under the recommended age group.
Website: https://www.clearfear.co.uk/

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR)

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR) provides mental health counselling to immigrants and refugees residing in Canada. Due to Covid-19, most services are online. Trained interpreters are also used as required. To meet with a counsellor or make a referral, contact them using the information below.
Location: #100 – 850 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2H2
Contact: 778-404-1777 or info@viccir.org
Website: https://www.viccir.org/

Looking Glass

The Looking Glass is a non-profit based in Vancouver, BC that offers free peer support services to individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as providing connections to low-cost or sliding scale counsellors. The program is free and based on self-referral.
Location: 273 East 1st Avenue #110, Vancouver, BC
Contact: 604-314-0548 or info@lookingglassbc.com 
Website: https://www.lookingglassbc.com

Connections Place

Connections Place is a community centre for individuals living with mental illness. The program offers employment, education, and recreation initiatives to people diagnosed with mental illness. Membership is free and for life, and members can visit as often as they like.
Location: 3375 Oak St., Victoria, BC
Contact: 250-483-3748
Website: https://connectionsplace.org