Latest Winner in the Self-evaluation Survey Draw

This week’s winner of a $25 gift card from Starbucks is Dawn Twin. Congratulations, Dawn. You can pick up your gift card from reception at Skinner Street.

This is the last week to participate in the survey, as it will be closed on April 23.

60th Anniversary Open House


Friday, May 6th | 2:15-5pm 125 Skinner Street

MC: Simon Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist

Keynote: Jeremy Loveday, Spoken Word Poet & Victoria City Councillor

Performance: Hip Hop Artist, Nostic

Join us for coffee and cake!

Please RSVP to by 4pm Wednesday, May 4

Refer to our map for parking areas near our 125 Skinner Street location


2:15-2:45 Live DJ and Mingling

2:45-3:00 Welcome from Kim Duffus and Acknowledgement of Territory

3:00-3:15 MC, Simon Whitfield

3:15-3:35 Mental Health, Arts & Community, Jeremy Loveday

3:35-3:45 Mural Project, Cameron Kidd & Pam Lewis

3:45-4:00 Hip Hop Performance, Nostic

4:00-4:10 Closing Words, Simon Whitfield

4:10-5:00 Tours available



ICMH 60th Anniversary Invitation


Latest Winner in the Self-Assessment Survey Draw!

Our winner from this Monday’s draw for a $25 gift card from Starbucks is Peter Holstein! Peter can pick up his gift card at 125 Skinner Street, at reception, during business hours.

Thank you again for everyone who completed the survey and entered the draw.

Remember, the survey closes on April 22. Please encourage your colleagues to complete the survey as well, as everyone’s input is important and valuable. The results of the survey will determine where we will focus our quality improvement resources.

Congratulations to our lucky winner!

The winner of the first weekly draw for a $25 gift card from Starbucks Coffee is Hannah Boutilier! Hannah can pick up her gift card at main reception at 125 Skinner Street.

The next draw will take place on Monday, April 11. Remember, it pays to complete your survey early, as there are fewer people to draw from. Complete your survey before Friday, and tell your manager to enter your name, and you could join the ranks of the few, the proud, the caffeinated.

ICMH Celebrates Successful Brent Seal Event

We are sending out our heartfelt thanks to our community partners, sponsors, and staff who helped organize and execute our Brent Seal speaking event on October 8, 2015. We would also like to send a special thank you to Alex Preston and Caity Gossland the Cyclistas who rode across Canada to raise awareness and funds for Mental Illness, and whose generous donation made it possible to put on this event.

More than 150 people attended the sold-out event, and we have received many wonderful comments and thank-you notes from attendees and others who are invested in mental illness awareness and recovery.


September 30, 2015


Victoria, B.C. – In recognition of national Mental Illness Awareness Week, Island Community Mental Health (ICMH) is bringing inspirational speaker Brent Seal to speak about his experience as a young adult diagnosed with a serious mental illness and his journey to recovery.

“To me, these days it’s about letting people know that mental illness is no longer a life sentence,” says Brent.

His inspirational story: From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness emphasizes the importance of wellness and adventure as key to helping young people dealing with mental illness to lead great lives. Brent will be speaking at the Young Auditorium at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus 3100 Foul Bay Rd on Thursday, October 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The event is free and tickets are available through Eventbrite: search Brent Seal.

“Reaching out through public education and awareness activities is a big part of the Young Adult Engagement Strategy we launched in April,” said ICMH Executive Director Kim Duffus.  “The message Brent brings speaks to the importance of support from professionals, family and friends in meeting the challenges of mental illness. This is what ICMH and our other community partners are all about.” This event is proudly supported by Camosun College and UVic Student Mental Health Initiative.

Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 4-10 and focuses attention on mental disorders: signs and symptoms, how to get help, stigma, hope and recovery, and the impact of mental illness on lives, families, workplaces and society.

“One-in-five Canadians experience a form of mental illness in their lives,” said ICMH Board President Darrion Campbell. “A recent survey of the community indicated that Victorians believe mental illness is the third most important issue affecting the health of the community.” Campbell says that ICMH operates on the principle that each person who experiences mental illness has the capacity to move forward, to learn and to grow.

“I hope Victorians will take the opportunity to join us for this exciting event and that they will do more to learn about the importance that community plays in supporting individuals with mental illness and the many services and resources available,” said Duffus.

To find out more information about this upcoming event and about ICMH and its programs and services visit:


ICMH provides psychosocial rehabilitation and housing services to more than 1,000 adults in Greater Victoria each year and has been a core support for those dealing with serious mental illness for 60 years. 


For further information contact:
Kim Duffus

Executive Director

Tel: 250 389-1211






Get your tickets to Brent Seal Here

On October 8, 2015, Brent Seal will be speaking on his journey from mental illness to mental wellness. This personal and powerful story will educate and inspire those affected by mental illness, and those who live and work with them.

You can get your free tickets to Brent Seal by clicking this link: Brent Seal – From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness

Harm Reduction Training

All staff at Grow, Networks, Housing, Bridges, and some at Eagle Rock /Greenridge and two Directors will be taking Harm Reduction Training. The Course is put on by Camosun College and designed for us.

This course will help staff understand the practises of Harm Reduction and will be held for four Mondays on September 28, October 19, November 2 and 16. The course will run from 1:30-3:30 at 102-415 Gorge Rd East.

Course outline:

  • Session One –two hours • Overview of Harm Reduction • Trauma and contributing factors of addiction
  • Session Two –two hours • Using and coping • Using and not coping • Indicators that a person is in trouble
  • Session Three –two hours • Drugs and how they may affect people • Common adverse drug interactions
  • Session Four –two hours • Safety of self and others • Deescalating behavior when using • Procedures when person is harming self and others • Self-care

Brent Seal – From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness – October 8, 2015

On October 8, 2015, as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, ICMH is sponsoring a talk by Brent Seal on Mental Illness, Recovery, and his own journey from hospitalization to wellness and being a mentor and role model for others.

October 8

6:30 – 8:30

Young Auditorium, Camosun College Landsdowne Campus

Get your free tickets through EventBrite