Thank You Big Wheel Community Foundation!

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Big Wheel Community Foundation for providing our frontline staff at McCauley Lodge with some delicious burgers! With a location so close to us, we’ve always been big fans of their milkshakes and burgers. Thanks Big Wheel for being an awesome part of our community!!

Check out Big Wheel’s website to find out more about how they are helping to support our community: https://bigwheelburger.com/community/

#thankyou #BigWheelCommunityFoundation #BigWheelBurger

Board Members Call Out

Island Community Mental Health Association is currently seeking candidates to join our Board of Directors.

We are looking for individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in helping to fulfill our vision of helping individuals experiencing mental health and substance use issues achieve personal recovery in an inclusive society.

Please email your Resume and Cover Letter Attention: Board Member Application to reception@icmha.ca

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

See our current Board of Directors

Phase 2 – COVID-19 Update

We want to thank our staff and community for your extraordinary support over these past few months. We have faced some of the most difficult challenges many of us have ever experienced and yet, together, we have maintained meaningful connections and found a path.

As our province begins to reopen, we want to update you on the health and safety guidelines we have put in place that will help protect our staff, clients, and community. Throughout this crisis we have followed the guidance of our local health authorities and we will continue to look to these authorities for guidance as we moved forward over the coming weeks and months.

We will be practicing the following safety measures and building upon the rigorous and strict sanitation standards already in place. This is by no means an exhaustive list but includes the following:

  • No handshaking.
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Frequently wash your hands.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Avoid touching your face.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of six (6) feet from other people. Green tape has been placed on the floor at 125 Skinner Street to serve as clear guides.
  • If reasonable physical distancing cannot be maintained, individuals must wear a mask.
  • A plexiglas shield has been installed at the reception area.
  • Occupancy limit signs have been posted on all non-office rooms.
  • If you have symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19, stay at home and keep a safe distance from others until those symptoms have completely disappeared. If you are unsure of what the symptoms are, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
  • If your symptoms are those of COVID-19 please contact the public health office immediately to obtain guidance and a test to confirm your diagnosis. You must also communicate your test result to Human Resources immediately.
  • If you are at greater risk, assess your own risk tolerance and communicate with Human Resources about applying extra precautions in your work space.

At 125 Skinner Street

  • Offices may only be shared in spaces where six (6) feet of physical distancing can be reasonably maintained at all times.
    • Those who share offices and cannot maintain six (6) feet of separation are to use one of the group rooms as a work space, or communicate with your manager about working staggered hours or from your home office space.
  • Group meetings are encouraged to continue virtually. Groups must only take place within the building if physical distancing and cleanliness policies can also be maintained. The group meeting space must be sanitized after each use.
  • Personnel must be mindful to not congregate in previous social areas such as the staff kitchen, downstairs kitchen, and the printer room. Six (6) feet of physical distancing continues to apply to these spaces.
  • Hallways and staircases are only to be used by one person at a time.
  • ICMH continues to have full-time cleaners, however personnel are encouraged to continue to disinfect high touch areas after use.

 

We thank you for your unwavering support during these unprecedented times.

Victoria Distillers & Nezza Naturals Donations to ICMH

We want to give a huge Thank you to Victoria Distillers & Nezza Naturals for their generous donation of hand sanitizer to ICMHs Licensed Care Facilities (McCauley Lodge, Greenridge Place, & Eagle Rock Heights)! And Thank you to Maximum Express Courier for their Delivery Services!

It’s amazing to see our community come together during this time and we are so thankful for all of you. Victoria Distillers and Nezza Naturals have teamed up to produce hand sanitizer for essential health care services, hospitals, and first responders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maximum Express Courier saw what these two local companies were doing and quickly jumped on board to help deliver all these products.

All of us at ICMH are so thankful for the community support during this pandemic and are so proud of the way our local community, province, and country are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep us safe and well.

Here is Candice, our Director of Licensed Care, holding up two of the donated cans of hand sanitizer.

#VictoriaDistillers #NezzaNaturals #MaximumExpressCourier #thankyou

ICMH Response to COVID-19 – UPDATED

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we have made the decision to close our head office location. Instead we will be working remotely, but we are still working to help as many of our clients and residents as we can. Our phones are still being monitored on a regular basis so if you would like to leave a message at reception we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

If you require immediate assistance with your mental health, please call the BC Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.

ICMH Response to COVID-19

Hello Everyone,

ICMH is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and will follow the latest advice from provincial and federal health agencies. The safety of our staff and clients is very important to all of us and we are taking the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of this illness in our community.

With that in mind, we will be cancelling all regular Groups until further notice. HOWEVER, we are brainstorming novel and creative ways to keep in contact and help clients through this uncertain time. Coaches will individually reach out to each client to connect and let them know what may be happening. Continue to check this page and our Facebook page for updates.

Here are some of the ways ICMH is addressing the situation:

  • We are stepping up our cleaning protocols at all of our locations by making sure high touch areas are kept clean and sanitized
  • We are asking that any individuals that have signs and symptoms of illness (fever, cough, etc) do not enter our buildings
  • We are asking all visitors to use hand cleaner as soon as they enter the building before they touch anything
  • We have checked our cleaning supplies at all of our locations to make sure they are adequate
  • We have asked all staff that have one-on-one visits with clients to have phone or Skype meetings as opposed to face to face meetings
  • We have asked programs that have groups out in the community to put them on hold for the time being

We will continue to monitor public health messages that impact ICMH and update our community should the situation change. If you would like more details on how to protect you and your family from Coronavirus, please contact Island Health or check out the BC Centre for Disease Control website at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19. They have excellent information in a variety of languages.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Hockey Night – Mental Health Awareness Game

Saturday night was hockey night for ICMH! On February 29th, the Victoria Royals played the Vancouver Giants in the Mental Health Awareness Game as part of the Royals partnership with CMHA – BC Division and its Talk Today program.  We had a great night celebrating the hockey spirit and talking about mental health.

A big thanks to everyone who came to check out our booth! Remember: It’s okay to ask for help. There is strength in speaking up.

#VictoriaRoyals #ICMH #CMHAVictoria #TalkToday

Polar Bear Dip Success!

On behalf of the staff and clients of Island Community Mental Health, we would like to thank Peter Marley, his team at CBI Health Group, and the community at large for their bravery and generosity in Saturday’s Polar Bear Dip! A big Thank You to Fol Epi, Starbucks, and Thrifty’s for contributing to an amazing post-dip breakfast as well! It was fun-filled event and so inspiring to see how many people braved the cold water!

As a local non-profit society, ICMH depends on community support and partnerships for our programs and special projects. Over $1000 was raised for our programs, and this ongoing support from our community allows ICMH to provide evidence-based services to individuals recovering from mental illness.

ICMH continues to be inspired by the creative ways our community chooses to support the work of our organization and our clients.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

                                 

Polar Bear Dip Fundraiser

Welcoming all courageous volunteers and cheering supporters! You are warmly welcome to the 2020 Polar Bear Dip Fundraiser organized by Peter Marley.

Peter is generously organizing this event to help raise funds and awareness for Island Community Mental Health Association at Spiral beach Saturday 1st Feb 2020. On the day, everyone will meet to all take the plunge for 10am! Whether you make a donation, or come down to join the event on the day, your efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!

Visit the Facebook event here: Polar Bear Dip for Island Community Mental Health

Where: Spiral beach, 1119 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC

Time: 10:00 am

What to Bring: Towel, Swimwear (some options include – costume /a.k.a fancy dress, speedos, dry suit), friends and family for moral support and some warm clothes.

Ways to Donate:

  1. Visit the Facebook Fundraiser event to donate directly through the Paypal Giving Fund: Polar Bear Dip for Island Community Mental Health
  2. Through ‘Canada Helps’ online: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/5013

Both options can provide you with a donation receipt.

Whether you are going for the big dip or providing a towel and a hug, friends and family welcome. Its sure to be a SPLASH!

Grow Holiday Open House

Our Grow Program is having a Holiday Open House next Friday! We want to invite all of our Grow participants to join us on DECEMBER 6th, for an afternoon of snacks, activities, and fun at 125 Skinner Street. This is an opportunity to get together with our Grow Community, along with your friends and family to celebrate the year and have some fun!

Please call us at 250-389-1211 to let us know if you are interested in coming, or click here to visit our Facebook page for more information. We look forward to celebrating the 2019 year with you!