Generous Grant from Victoria Foundation Funds ICMH’s PEERS Social Skills Program

Life Love and Relationships

PEERS® for Young Adults

ICMH is excited to announce that we have received a grant from the Victoria Foundation to launch a social skills and relationship training program for young adults experiencing mental health challenges.

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) was first developed at UCLA by Dr. Laugeson, who has also written the book ‘The Science of Making Friends’. This 16-week evidenced-based program for young adults (18-35 years of age) encourages youth to practice dating skills, flirting, handling rejection, and making friends with the support of social coaches and support from other peers in the group.

The Victoria Foundation has a long and esteemed history of helping, supporting and investing in our region. With their close connections to the non-profit sector, they provide insightful, effective grant distributions to improve the quality of life in our community.

To date, the Victoria Foundation has distributed more than $163 million across the region and beyond.

Click here for more information about the program

Friendship is the Best Medicine

ICMH Professional Development Series – Evidence-based Social Skills Training

ICMH is proud to present the latest in our Professional Development Series

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is an evidence-based practice for teaching individuals social skills to individuals recovering from mental illness.

 Learn about the research, techniques, and philosophy behind friendships and intimate relationships using our youth centred psychosocial rehabilitation approach.


Instructor Pam Lewis (BA, BSN) is the Director of Community Program Development at Island Community Mental Health. She has worked in the mental health field for over 13 years. Pam is a certified instructor for PEERS, a Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills.

She has also developed an array of programs for the Young Adult Stream at ICMH using creativity, mindfulness and CBT techniques.



Thursday December 1, 2016  1:00-3:00 pm.

Refreshments Will Be Served

To RSVP Please call 250-389-1211 or email:

ICMH offering Mindful Warrior Program

Come join us for a 6 week class that could be another step on your path to recovery

Mindful Warrior Program – a Path to Martial Wellness

We will be exploring mindfulness, meditation, lifestyle habits, assertiveness, basic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques and how to regulate our emotions through the practice of martial arts.

Monday and Wednesday 1:30-2:30 STARTING MARCH 21st

This is open to people 19-35

This class will be taught at The Warrior Martial Wellness Centre  – #1- 3946 Quadra St

This class will be taught by Ken Marchetaler – 5th degree Black Belt with 25 years experience


Please sign up with Trudy through the GROW Program: 250 389 1211

ICMH’s Hip Hop Healing featured on CTV News

On February 26, CTV News featured a segment on ICMH’s Hip Hop Healing program, developed for young adults recovering from mental illness and/or substance use. You can watch the clip here:

Spoken Word with Jeremy Loveday – November 25

Jeremy Loveday will be teaching a class on speaking from your heart and your truth. Jeremy is a spoken word poet; that happens to be a Victoria city councellor. He shares techniques on ways to speak up even when it is difficult! Come join in this safe supportive environment; you will be guided through exercises that will give you a chance to try spoken word.

Elected in 2014, Jeremy is passionate about making Victoria more affordable, sustainable, and vibrant. He is drawn to local politics because of the concrete nature of the decisions that need to be made and a deep love for the City of Victoria. So far, he has found each day as a Councilor challenging and rewarding. He is driven by the belief that Victoria can be one of the greatest small cities in the world and that our residents have the ideas, drive, crea-tivity, and passion to make it happen.

Jeremy is perhaps most well known for using his award winning spoken word poetry to speak out about important issues. In 2014, he made headlines around the world when one of his videos advocating against gender violence went viral online. He is the Founder and Director of Victorious Voices Youth Arts Festival and was the champion of the City of Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate Program; the first of its kind in Canada.

Jeremy is action oriented and leads collaboratively. You can often find him riding his bicycle, working with youth, or meeting with residents in local coffee shops. Jeremy grew up in James Bay, currently resides in Fernwood.

This event will take place from 10:30am – 12:00 noon at 125 Skinner Street.

Click here to Register

Cooking with the Salt Pepper Fox – Making Meals on a Budget for You and Your Friends – November 18

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PST)

Come pick up some cooking tips from Liam the chef of Salt and Pepper Fox. Healthy meals are so important to our mental health and our lifestyle. It can be tricky to shop on a budget and create good nourishing meals for yourself and friends. Liam has brought together a simple menu that keeps costs low but has great nutritional value. We will have some fun cooking together and then follow it up with a meal together so we can have time to hang out together.
Liam the chef from Salt and Pepper Fox will be cooking roast chicken breast with pan fried potatoes, and green beans (or broccoli) and we will make a little sauce in the roasting pan. Mustard and onion pan sauce:)
Here is some information on Liam Quinn and Salt and Pepper Fox: He loves what he does!!!
The Salt & Pepper Fox represents my passion for crafting local, memorable dishes for Victoria. With over 15 years experience, in some of the best kitchens in North America, I knew it was time to launch my own culinary business. My network of friends and colleagues who make a living providing fresh, local ingredients allow me to source the best from our community. Every lunch order is handmade and delivered to you.

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.

ICMH offering Communicating through Conflict

Do difficult conversations often end up as arguments?

Are you feeling powerless?

Do you have trouble getting your point across?

Would you like to improve your personal relationships?

Do you find it hard to obtain the services you need?

Is it challenging to deal with government representatives?

Would you like to learn options for dealing with everyday conflicts?

Does the art of assertiveness escape you?

This seven-session course is presented by Island Community Mental Health in partnership with Communica Dialogue and Resolution Services.

Sessions cover the following topics:

  1. Conflict basics: A general introduction to the topics covered in the workshop series. **Participation in this session is required to take the other 6 sessions in this workshop series. (November 24)
  2. Conflict styles: An introduction to the 5 major conflict styles (avoid, harmonize, compete, compromise and collaborate) and the role that each style plays in managing conflict and communication. (November 26)
  3. Active listening: Participants will explore active listening, practice effective listening skills and learn how to use these skills to improve their communication with others. (December 1)
  4. Assertiveness: Participants explore common behaviours, the value of neutral language and learn a specific model for effective assertion messages in a variety of situations. (December 3)
  5. Managing strong emotions: Learn how emotion can be both a cause and a consequence of conflict and explore strategies for managing strong emotions. (December 8)
  6. Power and culture: Participants will learn how power and culture influence communications and how to minimize the impact of cultural differences and power imbalances. (December 10)
  7. Bringing it all together: In the final session, participants combine and practice all the skills learned in the previous workshops. (December 15)

For more information or to register contact Dawn Twin at or 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

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