GROW to offer Shaping Stone workshop – July 17, 2015

The “Shaping Stone” sculpture workshop introduces participants to hand tools, polishing compounds, and the reductive process of stone-carving. Working with stone emphasizes focus and concentration. Sculpting stone does not bring anything new into the world,it simply transforms what already exists. This introspective process gives us a little glimpse into the quiet passing of time while teaching us that we are capable of not only transforming matter but also transforming ourselves.All participants will leave with the sculpture they’ve created, and the artistic sense of accomplishment that they’ve earned.

When: July 17, 10:30 – 12:30

Where: Island Community Mental Health – 125 Skinner Street, Victoria

Sculpture Workshop Poster

About Kent-

Kent Laforme is an artist who specializes stone-carving and illustration. He has been exhibiting his work for the past 25 years. He has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and three years of marble-carving training at Renato Leonardi’s studio in Italy. Kent also works for the BC Schizophrenia Society as a W.R.A.P facilitator and Peer supporter.

Alex and Caity – A personal adventure to support a good cause

Alex and Caity

Alex and Caity are to adventurous, passionate individuals who have decided to combine their cross-country cycling trip with an awareness and fundraising effort for Island Community Mental Health’s GROW program.  Please support them in their journey and their cause.

Learn more about Alex and Caity, and follow their progress here:

Help raise funds through their GoFundMe campaign here: , or donate to ICMHA through Canada Helps for a tax receipt here:

Longtime Community Mental Health Agency Opens Doors for Mental Health Week

April 30, 2015

Longtime Community Mental Health Agency Opens Doors for Mental Health Week

Victoria, B.C. – The Capital Region’s largest provider of community-based services to adults experiencing serious mental health issues, Island Community Mental Health (ICMH), is inviting the community to join them in celebrating 2015 Mental Health Week May 4 – 10.
“Despite the fact that one-in-five Canadians experience a form of mental illness in their life, there are still many in the community who are not aware of the programs and services we offer that support individuals to lead a full life in the community and achieve success,” board President Darrion Campbell said.

ICMH (formerly the Capital Mental Health Association), has been operating in the community since 1956, providing housing and rehabilitation services to more than 1,000 adults each year. They are inviting the community to join them for an Open House from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Monday, May 4th at  their main office at 125 Skinner St.

The most recent Victoria Foundation Greater Victoria Annual Check-Up ‘Vital Signs’ cites mental illness as the third most important issue affecting Victorians according to their surveys. “At ICMH we believe that each person who experiences mental illness has the capacity to move forward, to
learn and to grow,” said Executive Director Kim Duffus. One of many people who’ve benefitted from the services and programs of ICMH is Taheera.

Taheera’s Story

In 2009, Taheera was diagnosed with acute depression and anxiety. Her recovery was a slow process.
Taheera says: “As those with mental illness issues are aware, it is not unusual to have several relapses over the course of recovery and I was no different.”
After moving to Victoria in 2011, Taheera, with the help of her husband, set out to find resources in the community to assist with her recovery plan. One of the most influential programs she attended was the GROW Program offered by ICMH.

“The GROW program is unique to Victoria in that it follows an approach which promotes personal recovery, successful community integration and a higher quality of life for individuals with mental health and addiction challenges,” she says.

“It is these activity-based programs that have helped build my resiliency, develop coping skills and has empowered me to make new social connections,” she says. “The programs equipped me with strategies to live a balanced life and experience positive mental well-being”.

Today Taheera is enrolled at Camosun College and hopes to pursue her Masters’ Degree in the future.

“This is an exciting time for ICMH,” said Duffus. “With people like Taheera, we want to build community awareness about mental illness and also demonstrate the great work that is being done to give individuals and their families support and hope.”

“As an organization we have also been learning and growing and as we approach our 60th anniversary of service in the community we believe we have something to share and celebrate,” Duffus said.

ICMH’s programs include independent and supported housing, individualized education and employment support, and therapeutic and rehabilitation services. These programs are available for adults ranging from young adults to seniors. On April 1st, ICMH introduced an exciting new initiative, The Young Adult Engagement Strategy, dedicated to the enhancement of current programming for young adults. ICMH also serves as host to a number of community-based organizations and programs involved in serving individuals experiencing mental illness.

As part of Mental Health Week activities in the community ICMH will be joining with Island Health and other community service providers at another recognition event to be held later in the week.

To find more information about ICMH and its programs and services visit:

For further information contact:
Kim Duffus
Executive Director
Tel: 250 389-1211


ICMH Open House News Release

ICMH at the PSR Conference – June 16-17, 2015

This June, ICMH is having a poster presentation at the PSR/RPS Canada’s annual conference in Vancouver. Sabine Vanderispaillie representing ICMH and Freddy Hehewerth representing Island Health will be presenting GROW – Client Driven, Clinically Supported.

The presentation will highlight how ICMH’s Gateway to Resources and Opportunities for Wellness (G.R.O.W.) brings together the best aspects of consumer-driven community models (such as clubhouses) and clinical-based rehabilitation models. GROW combines professional support with client-driven programming that addresses individual recovery goals.

Join us at the Coast Plaza hotel in Vancouver, BC on June 16 & 17, 2015

Island Community Mental Health holding Open House to mark Mental Health Week May 4-10

In recognition of Mental Health Week, Island community Mental Health is holding an open house from 1pm to 4pm on May 4.  Come by 125 Skinner Street to meet some of our staff, learn about our programs and services, and have a tour.

G.R.O.W. works with Vancity to offer Financial Literacy Program

Starting April 14, 2015, GROW will be offering a nine-week financial literacy program. The program will cover:

  • Basic Banking Concepts
  • Basic Budgeting
  • Credit Cards  & Prepaid Cards:  Costs and Obligations
  • Credit History and Credit Bureau
  • Loans You Don’t Want
  • Loans:  Costs and Obligations
  • Identity Theft& Fraud Prevention
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plans & Tax Free Savings Accounts
  • Understanding Contracts

For information and registration contact G.R.O.W. staff