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!

Victoria Paper Shaper Donates to Island Community Mental Health

Adrienne Hughes, also known as The Victoria Paper Shaper, is a local Stampin’ Up Demonstrator here in Victoria. Adrienne creates and purveys gorgeous handmade cards, boxes, and miscellany, and also offers classes.

In their Holiday Catalogue, Stampin’ Up! has committed to donate $4 from every sale of Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set to Mental Health Organizations. Adrienne has generously chosen to donate her full commission of each Stamp Set ordered through her to Island Community Mental Health! As an added bonus, she is also offering a free class (either online or in person) to anyone who purchases the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set. These beautiful sets can be ordered through her store here.

Some of Adrienne’s most recent work using the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set is shown below. Her adorable Snowbunny Tealight Holder below won Queen of the Swap at the Vancouver Island Meeting this past weekend! To read more about The Victoria Paper Shaper and her work, visit her blog here.

        

Find out more about Adrienne, The Victoria Paper Shaper, at the below links:

Victoria Paper Shaper Website
Victoria Paper Shaper Blog
Victoria Paper Shaper YouTube Channel
Victoria Paper Shaper Facebook Page

Blooms for Benefit Calendar – on Chek News

Click here to view Chek News coverage of the Blooms for Benefit Calendar with Annise Lorel of Bespoke Blossoms, her partner Nick Hepner, photographer Tristen Williams and our very own Pam Lewis (Director of Programs and Licensed Care at ICMH).

These amazing calendars can be purchased at Bespoke Blossoms, Migration, or here at Island Community Mental Health.

#bloomsforbenefit #mentalhealth #islandcommunitymentalhealth
@bespokeBlossoms @tristenwilliams @migrationboutique

Blooms for Benefit Calendar

Goldstream Tattoo donates funds from flash event to Island Community Mental Health

On October 7, 2017, Goldstream Tattoo in Langford donated their time, labour, and ink to Island Community Mental Health.  A minimum donation of $100 got patrons a tattoo, and all proceeds went to ICMH.  In 12 hours, over $4500 was raised!

We at Island Community Mental Health, staff, clients, and board, want to thank Goldstream Tattoo and the community at large for their support.