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 Renovation Wins Commercial Building Award

The renovations to ICMH’s main office on Skinner Street has received an award at the 25th annual Commercial Building Awards gala.  We won in the Community Renovations category.

ICMH would like to thank architect Joe Newell, our contractors, donors, and staff, and community supporters, who made this very necessary renovation not only possible, but very successful.


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:

Pokemon GROW – Stigma Stomping Community Event

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September 10 is World Suicide Awareness Day

Each year, 3,900 Canadians end their lives by suicide

For each suicide attempt or death by suicide, up to ten individuals are affected

Island Community Mental Health is joining with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and local service providers to start a public conversation about suicide and suicide prevention.

Learn more about suicide and preventing it here

Add your message of hope to the Mental Health Commission of Canada conversation wall here

If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Vancouver Island Crisis Line here


Congratulations to Monique Sekhon and her team of dedicated volunteers on their successful Care 2 Share Community Mental Health Awareness event on August 20th.  Speakers, Music, Information tables, and Performances greeted the many attendees that Saturday.

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Thank you for all your hard work in raising awareness of mental health and some of the organizations providing support and services to those recovering from mental illness.

Care 2 Share Mental Health Fair August 20 at Island Community Mental Health

CaC2SPoster2016re-2-Share 2016 is a city-wide event to promote Mental Health Awareness and give individuals access to Mental Health resources in the community!

The event will be a Resource Fair with:
– Food,
– Music,
– Presentations,
– Performances,
As well as a chance to discuss stigma, personal experiences, and engagement in relation to Mental Health.

This event will be non-for-profit, by donation, and we are proud to say that 100% of funds raised will stay in our community and go towards funding the Supported Education Program at Island Community Mental Health!\


The First Class of Graduates from THE EDGE program offered by Brent Seal, ICMH and Island Health

EDGE Graduation Crew VAN VIC EDGE Project 2016 Graduation Celebration Dinner



Project Graduation and Evening of Celebration
JUNE 15, 2016
“No matter how outdated or overgrown the path to success is, it is the path none the less” Jacob G.

What an awesome night. From the prepping of the room and the crew making dinner for their family members who have been there to support them through thick and thin, to the amazing public speaking and presentation of the project from the crew members. The feedback from both family and clinicians has been nothing but positive.


Never underestimate yourselves, as Brent says “ Your journey of possibilities is just beginning”, so the message of the evening was for the talented and courageous Vic crew to “Spread your wings and fly!”. Brent wasn’t able to make the event in person but made a video to the crew.
We started the evening by making gourmet sandwiches with Liam from Salt and Pepper Fox, prepping the room for an Italian family style dinner, and opening up the space for friends, family and clinicians and community partners for the crew’s presentation about the VAN/VIC EDGE PROJECT 2016 and enjoying tasty treats from Souper Meals.
Here are some of the crew’s project highlights, learning moments and accomplishment;
One of the confidence boosters I tried to focus on was choosing to being around better people.People who are sober and will support me. My highlight of being part of the project was seeing the diversity of people affected by mental illness, and hearing their stories and being inspired by them. Mental illness must affect everyone somehow in their lives, whether it be personally, family member or friend, so that is why a program like this is so important.

One of my highlights was the Confidence Boosters – such as learning better boundaries through relationships and friendships, as they will impact my mental health and overall well being. Some ideas of how I will help mental health initiatives, will be through sharing my mental health journey in school and community presentations. This is important to me , as I would never wish others to have to go their journey alone.

My highlight from being part of the Project was getting to meet new people that I could relate to, and feel safe around. I actualized my Dreamline goal in the first session – which was to get a job. By the end of the program, I WAS WORKING!!!! I shared about Protecting the Downside – the group realized that many of us had spent excessive time gaming in the past, and recognizing that it was a way to fill time when feeling anxiety and symptoms of psychosis.
Say tuned there’s going to be another EDGE program offered and many of us will be returning as EDGE ambassadors! Feel free to comment below for more information.
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*This position has been filled*Job Opportunity- Recovery Coach-Mental Health Support Worker (Casual)

Position: Recovery Coach- Mental Health Support Worker (Casual)

Program: GROW

Reports To: Program Manager

Bargaining Unit: HEU

Benchmark Match: Grid 10 ($21.13-$22.92)

Benchmark Title: Support Worker 2 (81502)

Closing Date: June 21, 2016 at 4PM


Please send your resume to

  1. Job Summary:

Within the context of a person centered care model, the Recovery Coach evaluates, plans and facilitates individual and group recovery/rehabilitation programs for adults with mental health and substance use issues.  The Recovery Coach, as a member of an integrated, collaborative team, encourages clients to actively participate in recovery-oriented activities including social, recreational, and leisure activities.       

  1. Role Description/Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Follows the direction of the Program Manager to implement client service based on assessment results and treatment plans;
  • Plans group support programs by determining content and structure by consulting with clients as appropriate, using evidence-based practices of psychosocial rehabilitation and addictions/behavior-change models of practice;
  • Facilitates recovery groups to support skill development and access to resources in the domains of wellness, basic living skills and leisure, employment and education;
  • Evaluates recovery groups using information attained by observation and client feedback on issues such as group session effectiveness, and material presented.  Reports feedback to the supervisor;
  • Participates in case planning with clients and/or healthcare providers by performing duties such as identifying and documenting needs and goals, regular check ins and assisting clients to determine appropriate programs and/or resources.
  • Advocates for clients by problem solving in areas such as landlord-tenant disputes, financial assistance, accessing community resources, and obtaining volunteer placements.
  • Observes clients, identifies and assesses potential emergency situations, and develops short-term strategies to deal with such situations. Reports changes in behavior.  Provides feedback and input regarding clients’ needs, performance, and progress.
  • Provides supportive modeling, demonstrations and behavior management to clients, their families, and their personal networks, to assist with the development of physical, social, emotional, and life skills such as maintaining personal hygiene, housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, meeting financial obligations, making and keeping appointments, and interpersonal skills.
  • Completes and maintains related records and documentation such as group session evaluation summaries, attendance and progress notes
  • Participates in quality improvement activities and implements changes as directed;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  1. Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree in Human Services, high school diploma and 4 years’ experience working in mental health service provision, or college certificate in human services and 2 years’ experience working in mental health service provision.
  • Unrestricted Class 5 driver’s license, may be required to obtain Class 4
  • Current certificate in First Aid and CPR
  • Current satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • Driver’s abstract
  1. Typical Abilities & Skills:
  • Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Principles
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position;
  • Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others;
  • Ability to operate related equipment;
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize;
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients;
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems;
  • Conflict resolution skills;














*This position has been filled* Job Opportunity- Employment Coach

Position: Employment Coach

Program: NetWorks Employment Solutions

Reports to: Program Manager

Bargaining Unit: HEU

Benchmark Title: Supported Employment Worker (81802) Grid 10

Benchmark Match: $21.13-$22.92/per hour

Days of Work: 3 days per week, days will be flexible based on client need

Hours of Work: 21 hours per week, hours will be flexible based on client need

Closing Date: Until filled

Send your resume to 

Scope and Level Definition:

Assists individuals with mental health and substance use issues to obtain employment within the community by performing activities such as locating prospective employers, facilitating placement of clients, and assisting clients to become job ready. This process includes job search, applying for jobs, resume and cover letter writing, interview practice, symptom management, vocational counselling, and referral to community resources.

Support clients working in the community to maintain their employment and improve their job experience through ongoing support, coaching, and education of client and employer.

Typical Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Work independently in the community, meeting clients in the community at locations of their choice – 70% of work should be outside of the office.
  2. Interview clients to identify interests, skills, employment and education history, and potential barriers to successful employment.
  3. Refer to other programs and services as required and provide information regarding available community resources.
  4. Locate prospective employers in the community appropriate to clients’ work profiles by following up on referrals, making cold calls, networking, and developing partnerships with government recruiting bodies and employment programs.
  5. Market NetWorks to prospective employers and develop related promotional materials.
  6. Evaluate available employment, match clients in accordance with client work profiles and abilities and market clients to employers to secure employment.
  7. Assist clients to become job ready by providing coaching in employment-related areas.
  8. Provide on-site support to clients.
  9. Follow up with clients and employers to monitor the quality of placements. Assist employers to work with clients by providing education and information and negotiating accommodations, where appropriate.
  10. Ensure close and ongoing communication with case managers and/or other appropriate professionals through regular contact (e.g. attending case and team meetings as agreed) in order to integrate vocational goals into mental health treatment.
  11. Complete and maintains related records and documentation such as reports on clients’ skill levels and progress towards goals and objectives.
  12. Perform other related duties as required.


Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health, Social Services, or Career Counselling/Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Recent, related experience of two years
  • Training in Suicide Prevention and Motivational Interviewing
  • Recent experience with substance use issues and harm reduction
  • Recent experience working with clients at risk of homelessness and vulnerable adults


Competencies, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of Supported Employment
  • Caseload management of at least 15-20 clients
  • Assertive outreach to clients
  • Ensure clients initial appointments are set within one week of referral
  • Knowledge and implementation of psycho-social rehabilitation practice
  • Knowledge of the symptoms of mental illness, with attention to: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Knowledge of substance abuse issues
  • Liaising with mental health professionals and community resources
  • Ability to effectively support clients to establish goals
  • Marketing and promoting clients and the program
  • Client advocacy
  • Ability to work independently, outside of an office environment while maintaining accountability, and managing files and communication requirements
  • Completing vocational assessments and creating employment plans
  • Violence prevention
  • Suicide Intervention (ASIST Preferred)
  • Valid Class 5 BC Drivers license, use of one’s own vehicle, and business use insurance with a minimum of $5 million liability.


Technology Competencies

  • Software literacy: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Email and internet use
  • Electronic case management
  • Network file system
  • Smart phone literacy