What Is Grow? 

The Grow Program offers a variety of workshops combined with one-to-one support designed to assist individuals in their recovery.

“At Grow they don’t know me by my diagnosis, but for who I am.” – Grow Client

Groups address various Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) domains, including leisure, basic living skills, wellness, and connection with peers.

The content of groups change throughout the year and over time as all of our programming is client-driven; please visit our group descriptions.

Grow helps clients:

Develop meaningful activities

Build skills to better understand their mental health

Build a support network

  • Transition to community
  • (Connections Place, Employment, Education, Volunteering, Rec Centres…)


The Grow program provides Psychosocial Rehabilitation (or PSR) services designed to promote personal recovery, successful community integration,

and maintenance of a satisfactory quality of life. PSR focuses on helping individuals develop skills, access resources and improve their quality of life by

building on their strengths. Individuals set their own goals and choose how to achieve them.

At Grow we believe:

  • Everyone has the potential and right to lead a purposeful life.
  • A supportive environment is central to achieving goals and maintaining structure.
  • Engaging in meaningful activities and being with others helps promote recovery.
  • Individuals are not defined by their mental illness.

Grow addresses all dimensions of wellness – the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Our service integrates staff and clients’ ideas in developing activities

and groups in order to meet individuals’ needs and interests.

Grow serves adults (19 years of age and above) with a mental health diagnosis and who need or want support to pursue recovery goals and are interested in pursuing activities to promote wellness. Participation in program can be up to 1 year.

Winter/Spring 2022

Please contact your Recovery Coach or the Program Director James Kerr regarding Interest, registration Info or other questions 

Due to Covid-19 regulations and safety protocols our “Support Groups” are often changing. 




When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Art Rom (please register with Peer Supporters)

Group Description:

Any skill level is welcome to attend this open art group. It is supported by trained artists, people with lived experience, and peer facilitators. All art supplies are provided. This group provides a safe and supportive space for anyone 19+ who identifies as having lived experience with mental illness to come together and create!


When: Fridays, 10 -11 AM commencing July 22 for 5 sessions and ending August 19th

Group size: 10 participants.

Setting/location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group description:

Take your body, & the mind will follow. Research says that physical activity activity has huge potential to enhance wellbeing – from improved mood, energy and self-esteem, to reduced anxiety. Join us for a fast- paced walk on & around the Galloping Goose Trail in Vic West, incorporating distance, hills and stairs. The level of activity will be moderate.


When: Mondays, 1:30-3:00 PM commencing July 4th for 8 sessions ending August 29th, no session on August 1st

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Room 118 (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

The Changeways Clinic Core Program is an evidence-based 8-week workshop to learn Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills. The program provides illness education, thinking strategies, & lifestyle management skills for people who experience depression. Anxiety management skills will also be touched on.


When: Fridays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm commencing July 8th for 8 sessions ending August 26th

Group Size: 10 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, off site meeting at 125 Skinner Street parking lot.

Group Description:

Join us for a leisurely walk and talk around the Vic West Area. This group will aim to provide exercise and social connection. The level of activity will be light.


When: Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 pm, commencing July 27th for 4 sessions and ending August 17th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Room 117 (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Do you like playing computer games? Do you sometimes have trouble remembering, organizing, or socializing? With a combination of computer games, role playing activities, and strategy discussions, we will target thinking skills in separate 4-week modules. Sign up for 1 or more!

Modules being offered: 1. Memory; 2. Organization & Planning; 3. Speed & Attention; 4. Social Skills.



When: Mondays, 9:00 – 12:00 pm and Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 am ending on April 20th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, upstairs in the Bridge Centre.

Group Description:

You can upgrade your Math and/or English in a safe supportive environment. An instructor from Camosun College comes to Grow to teach adult upgrading courses, grade 8 to 12 English and Math.

Perhaps you are wanting to finish your high school diploma or improve your Math and English skills before starting a program at college.  Or perhaps you would like to improve your general literacy skills just for the enjoyment of learning. Whatever your goals, adult upgrading is a good option.

  • Upgrading courses are tuition free
  • Upgrading is for all ages; if you’ve been out of school for 10-20 years, upgrading is a good choice
  • Not sure where to start?  You can take an assessment to determine your starting course
  • If you have a learning disability, the instructor will ensure you achieve your learning goals
  • A friendly, caring learning experience is provided
  • The instructor is committed to your success by offering customized upgrading to meet your individual needs
  • Courses are in a self-paced format, allowing you to study at your own pace

Upon completion of an upgrading course, you may decide to continue with upgrading or apply to a college program.


When: Thursdays, 11am – 12pm commencing September 8th and ending October 20th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Room 117

Group Description:

A safe and non-judgmental space to practice sharing and interacting with others on various topics that relate to the book. Clients should have the ability to read approximately 60-75 pages a week. The practice of connecting in a group can build confidence and trust in ourselves and others, as well as broaden our own interests and appreciate the different points of view of others. In addition, the practice of reading can also help to reduce stress, increase creativity, memory, sleep and a host of other benefits! The book this time is: The seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.


When: Fridays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm commencing September 9th and ending December 9th

Group size:

Setting/Location: In- person, 125 Skinner street

Group Description:

Join us for a leisurely walk and talk around the Vic West Area, with a stop at a local café. This group will aim to provide exercise and social connection. The level of activity will be light. Note that this will be a Rain and Shine edition, meaning we will be walking in various types of fall weather!


When: Tuesdays, 11:00 – 1:00 PM commencing November 16th and ending December 7th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In Person, Meet at 125 Skinner street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Practice for prep and pricing out healthy eating on a budget, to save time and money. Come together with others to work on not overthinking food.


When: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, commencing September 20th and ending December 13th

Group Size: 10 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3G8.

Group Description:

This community yoga class, taking place at Christ Church Cathedral, will replicate a community experience with the support of Grow staff. Nyk Danu, Therapeutic Yoga teacher, will teach Yin Yang yoga – a grounding and centering practice with basic movements to gently warm the body and increase circulation. If you are hoping to develop a new self-care practice, this yoga class could be a great first step. Never tried yoga? This is a great opportunity! All skill levels are welcome!


When: Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm commencing September 7th and ending November 23rd

Group Size:

Setting/location: In Person, Meet at 125 Skinner street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

DBT Skills is a 10 week course which teaches people to accept their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and the techniques to change them. Not only are personal skills taught in DBT, but skills for interpersonal relationships are also emphasized. DBT is based on CBT, but it focuses more on the emotional and social aspects of living.


When: Fridays, 11:00 – 12:00 pm commencing September 2nd and ending December 2nd

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: Via Zoom

Group Description:

Build confidence & connections in this weekly morning meet-up group. We will share our thoughts on a different theme each week, & discuss our thoughts & feelings on topics that inspire, uplift, & resonate.
The 4-session blocks will be:
1. Music Appreciation (Sept 2 – 23)

2. Ted Talks (Oct 7 – 28)

3. Art Appreciation (Nov 4 – Dec 2)


When: Tuesdays, 10:00 – 12:00 pm, commencing October 4th and ending October 25th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Room 117 (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Do you like playing computer games? Do you sometimes have trouble remembering, organizing, or socializing? With a combination of computer games, role playing activities, and strategy discussions, we will target thinking skills in separate 4-week modules. Sign up for 1 or more!

Modules being offered: 1. Memory; 2. Organization & Planning; 3. Speed & Attention; 4. Social Skills.


When: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00 pm, commencing November 15th and ending December 6th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Room 117 (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Do you like playing computer games? Do you sometimes have trouble remembering, organizing, or socializing? With a combination of computer games, role playing activities, and strategy discussions, we will target thinking skills in separate 4-week modules. Sign up for 1 or more!

Modules being offered: 1. Memory; 2. Organization & Planning; 3. Speed & Attention; 4. Social Skills.


When: Fridays, 12:00-1:00 pm

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Join us for a BBQ and socialization group!


When: Wednesdays, 11:00-1:00 pm, commencing October 5th and ending October 26th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Room 117 (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Being under 30 during Covid has been rough on a good day. Come and stretch your leaving-the-house-and-trying new things muscles in this four week variety group, featuring but not limited to Galey Farms Haunted House!


When: Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, commencing October 6th and ending November 24th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner street, Room 118 (please register with your recovery coach)

Group Description:

In this course, we will explore a blend of mindfulness concepts and gentle, low-impact movement in the peaceful studio of Fernwood’s Shambhala Centre (1-2033 Belmont Ave.). Become familiar with practicing a mode of self-care that incorporates both mental and physical well-being. An effective way to lower stress, release stagnant energy, and strengthen our mind-body connection. No experience required, and all bodies/abilities/mobility levels welcome. Recommended: comfortable clothing that allows you to sit, stand, and move through gentle movements as able. Please bring a yoga mat if you have it, otherwise we can provide one.

Who is eligible for participating in Grow?

  • Adults over 19 years of age who have a diagnosis of a mental illness
  • Are actively supported by a primary care provider (G.P., physician or psychiatrist) for their mental health
  • Symptoms of mental illness are a barrier to participating in the greater community
  • Are willing to participate in groups and one-on-one goal-setting with a Recovery Coach
  • Looking for short term support to promote successful engagement in the greater community.

Can I be referred by a walk-in clinic physician?

Maybe – if you are known to the physician and they are able and willing to offer on-going support and collaboration with Grow coaches it may be adequate to meet the eligibility requirement. We recommend clients that do not have a family physician develop a relationship with a walk-in clinic physician – see the same doctor (often by going the same day of the week) a number of times so they get to know you and your mental health needs.

How long can I participate in Grow?

Length of involvement in Grow will be determined based on the goals and needs of the client. The Recovery Coach and client will set Recovery Goals and the goals will be revisited and revised regularly to track progression. Typical involvement for client in Grow can be anywhere from a few months to up to 1 year.  

Is there a cost to participate in Grow programming?

Programming is free; however, if finances are the primary barrier to engagement in community programming, the Life Pass (Victoria), Life Pass (Saanich)the Downtown Community Centre or Connections Place may be more suitable options to pursue.

Does Grow provide counseling services?

No. We do not provide counseling. Participants of Grow work with “Recovery Coaches” to move toward individual goals. Our team does not include clinical counselors. If you are looking for reduced cost counseling options here are a few options: Citizens’ CounsellingEsquimalt Neighbourhood House and South Island Centre.

Does Grow have support groups?

No. ICMH does host support groups led by community agencies, including a Borderline Personality Support Group, Anxiety Management Support Group, and Mood Disorder Support Group. Please call reception at 250-389-1211 for contact information for these groups.

Clinician/Referrer Questions

My client is looking for more things to do in their day. Would they benefit from Grow?

Maybe – Grow is a transitional program, meaning we are not a resource to provide individuals with on-going structured activities. We offer a “stepping stone” toward existing activities and programs (ie. Connections Place, community Rec Centres) and short term support to pursue these activities and programs. If you feel some additional coaching and experiences in a supported mental health environment could promote success in the community and your client is willing, able and ready to engage in goal-setting, your client is likely a good fit.

My client is recently out of hospital. Are they eligible for participation in Grow?

Maybe. If the client has your on-going support for their mental health needs and their mental health is relatively stable, they could benefit from our programming. If your client is continuing to under-go medication adjustments and more “acute” mental health support, they may be better supported by Mental Wellness Day Program or may be more successful in starting Grow once they have established more stability in their mental health.

I’m ready to discharge my client. Can I refer to Grow for ongoing support?

Probably not. Grow is a collaborative, team approach – we aim to collaborate with a participant’s support system. We are not a primary mental health support. A client requires ongoing primary mental health support – this could include a family physician or walk in clinic that knows the client and supports their mental health related needs.

My client’s primary mental illness diagnosis is a Personality Disorder. Would they benefit from Grow programming?

They could – absolutely. Consideration of DBT, the BPD support group and other more specific resources for Personality Disorders should be considered; however, our Recovery Coaches and many of our workshops may meet the needs of individuals with Personality Disorder diagnoses.

My client is just looking for one-on-one support. Can they be a participant in Grow without doing any groups?

We see huge benefits of group settings to support mental health; however, individuals may not be in a place in their recovery to engage in groups. While it is ok if a participant does not wish to start in a group right away, an expectation of the Grow program is that they are working toward group participation in the future. Especially during COVID, there is flexibility around group participation. Goal-setting, Recovery Planning and other one-to-one work can support a client to overcome barriers to group participation.

My client is just looking for groups and does not see a need for one-on-one coaching. Can they participant in Grow without doing the Recovery Planning with a coach?

No. We aim to tailor our supports to an individual’s needs; however, if a client is looking for group involvement in a setting with others with mental illnesses without the one-on-one coaching, they may be better suited to Connections Place or Support groups in the community, including these hosted at 125 Skinner St (BPD SupportMood Disorder Support, Anxiety Management Support, email kbagshawcounselling@gmail.com).

Is Grow a clinical environment?

We see ourselves as somewhere in between clinical and community environments.

On the clinical side, it is important to us to maintain a collaborative approach with primary mental health supports. We will ask questions about a person’s experience with mental illness with the aim of provided client-centred care.

On the community side, we do not document Grow involvement in Island Health records and we do not have access to Island Health records; however, we do document a client’s progress and engagement within ICMH.

We are a piece of the mental health journey – we can offer some additional mental health support to facilitate success in the “greater community” with less reliance on formal mental health supports.

Still have questions? Still unsure if this program is right for you or your client?

Please feel free to contact reception for any questions you may have at: 250-389-1211

Welcome to the Grow Program! As a participant, we hope that you will find benefit in attending our workshops, working with your recovery coach, and discovering your own sense of community within and beyond Grow.

Below, you will find information on what you can expect from the program. We have also listed what is expected of you as a participant in the Grow Program.

Attending Groups:

The Grow Program is a workshop-based program, and attending workshops will be central to how we can help you progress in your mental health recovery. You will be expected to:

  • Respect other participants, staff, community members, and the environment (for example, room, furniture, supplies, and natural surroundings).
  • Engage regularly in groups. After an absence of 1 month or longer, participants’ files may be closed (no longer registered with the Grow program).
  • Attend at least one group per week.
  • Arrive on time for group, doors will be open 5mins prior to the start of each group.
  • Follow all applicable Co-vid Screening and procedures. 

Working with your Recovery Coach:

As a participant, you will also work one-on-one with your Recovery Coach. The purpose of having an individualized Recovery Coach is to support you around successes/challenges while participating in Grow groups, to create a Recovery Plan and over time help you find ways to apply newly acquired skills and interests in the community. 

Recovery Plan Meetings will typically occur once every 1-3 months and are usually 1 hour in duration. A Recovery Plan is a participant lead collaboration with your Recovery Coach identifying goals you aspire to achieve in your time with GROW. On-going Recovery Plan meetings are a chance to check-in on successes & barriers around self-identified goals.

In working with a Recovery Coach, we ask that you:

  • Attend all scheduled meetings with your Recovery Coach. Call in advance if you will be late or unable to attend.
  • Participate as actively as you can and make an effort to collaborate with your Coach.
  • Identify meaningful and realistic goals that will help you progress through your mental health recovery.
  • Challenge yourself! Do things that will help you Grow. This could mean trying a new activity or taking steps toward a goal you have set for yourself.

Transition to Community:

The purpose of the Grow program is to help you eventually develop your own sense of community, whether that be through employment, volunteer work, education, recreation, and/or social groups. In order to help you work towards this sense of community, we expect that you:

  • Understand that Grow is a transitional (short-term) program, and are willing to collaborate with your Recovery Coach on a timeline for program involvement.

Have a willingness to work towards attending at least 1 group program in the community (in other words, a program that is run at another location and may involve people who are not Grow program participants).


Each participant has the right to:

  • A safe and secure environment.
  • Be treated with dignity, consideration, and respect at all times. This right applies also to family members, significant others, and friends.
  • An appropriately prompt, reasonable, and courteous response to requests for services or information.
  • Privacy and confidentiality.
  • Recognition as an individual.
  • Access services.
  • Freedom of social interaction.
  • Appeal a decision.
  • Express complaints and grievances.
  • Receive complete information concerning ICMH services and programs in a manner they understand.
  • Access to advocates if requested.
  • Provide opinions and input concerning the needs of clients and services offered.
  • Be free from abuse, harassment, or neglect from clients, personnel, or volunteers.
  • Be free from retaliation if raising an issue, concern, or complaint.
  • See any personal records regarding themselves and to attach a statement of corrections, if needed, unless harmful to third parties or self.
  • Give or withhold informed consent to services, to release information, or to express choice regarding services or personnel with whom they work.
  • Be involved in establishing their goals and defining the services they will receive.

Each participant has a responsibility to:

  • Treat all others with dignity and respect.
  • Respect the privacy and confidentiality of others.
  • Refrain from violence, intimidation, or bullying.
  • Pay any fees agreed to in a timely manner.
  • Promptly inform personnel of any situation that threatens the safety and well-being of any ICMH personnel or person receiving services.
  • Attend workshops they have registered for.
  • Inform ICMH personnel when they will miss an appointment or group they had agreed to attend at least 24 hours prior to.
  • Engage in Recovery Planning with Recovery Coach and follow through with agreed upon plan.
  • Inform ICMH personnel when they wish to change or end the services they are receiving. 

In a situation where a participant does not carry out their responsibilities, personnel will:

  • Communicate participant responsibilities to other participants and personnel
  • Eliminate or minimize factors that contribute to disruptive behavior
  • Teach positive or desirable behavior
  • Integrate these actions into a recovery plan as necessary
  • Document the situation and actions taken
  • Breaches of responsibilities, or evidence of unchanged negative behavior, could result in discharge from the program or workshop(s).

How to Get Involved

Referrals can be made by any collateral support such as a psychiatrist, case manager, family/walk-in doctor, support worker, psychologist, counsellor, etc. Although we currently do not accept self-referrals, please reach out to Director of Programs James Kerr (contact info below) to discuss some options that may be available.

Referral forms can be accessed hereGROW Referral Form

To learn more please contact:

Director of Programs
James Kerr
125 Skinner Street
Victoria, B.C. V9A 6X4
Tel: 250-389-1211 ext. 128
Fax: 250-580-9050
Email: james.kerr@icmha.ca



GROW is now open for in-person and virtual groups!

COVID-19 preventative measures will be adhered to in order to keep all clients and staff safe and healthy.

Check out the calendar below to see what groups are happening each week.

Reach out to your recovery coach to register and with any questions you may have.

Find attached PDF with GROW groups and description: Fall 2022 Semester

Click on an event to learn more about it!