BRIDGES is a course taught by consumers for consumers. BRIDGES helps people learn things that will help them in their journey to recovery.
Our online calendar at www.bcss.org/calendar contains support groups, training and events for people with a mental illness and their family and supporters.
The Family Respite Program provides modest funding to pay for activities or services to give family members helping their ill relative a break or rest.
This program is not currently operating but full program materials are available at the link above for organizations or branches who would like to offer it.
The BCSS Kids in Control Support Group Program gives information, education and support to children aged 8-18 who have a parent with a serious mental illness.
Do you have a family member with a mental illness? Are you wondering what services are available for serious mental illness in your community and how to access them? Need help figuring out what to do? BCSS can help. We have staff and volunteers in locations near you who can talk to you about your options and help you get connected. Call us at 604-270-7841 or 1-888-888-0029 email the educator nearest you.
A puppet show that educates grade 4/5 students in order to give them accurate information and to dispel the myths and misunderstandings about mental illness. This program is currently offered in Penticton, Campbell River and Courtenay. Please also see a similar puppet show offered in the Terrace area
This project provides assertive outreach to family members and supporters of persons with a mental illness through interconnected online tools including online support groups, e-newsletters and a calendar of events. Visit www.reachingfamiliesproject.org for more.
A fun and interactive performance that aims to educate young people about the symptoms of this brain condition and where to get help. Delivered to tens of thousands of youth each year in secondary schools across BC. More information at reachoutpsychosis.com
Do you have a relative or friend with a serious mental illness? Strengthening Families Together is a 10-session group for families and friends, which provides information, skill-building, and support. Offered throughout BC in spring and fall. Contact your local branch for details.
Educational and Support Group for teens who have a parent with a mental illness
A Ulysses Agreement is a voluntary plan that allows a parent to plan how their children will be cared for should they relapse and be temporally unable to care for their children. Help to create these plans is available in Boston Bar, Hope, Agassiz, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, White Rock & Surrey from Mark Littlefield at (604) 832-0705. Outside the Fraser region, please call Mark for more information or click on the link for written information and templates.