What Is Supported Education?

Our Supported Education Program provides Education Coaches who work with individuals interested in increasing their formal education, whether that means completing a GED, taking a few courses, or completing a university degree. Support is individualized, and moves at the pace chosen by the client. Educational bursaries available.

Population Served

Supported Education works with adults (19 and over) experiencing a mental illness and/or substance use issues who want to pursue education. Clients are connected to the health care system. This means they are willing to work with a health care professional to follow a treatment plan.


Support individuals to successfully pursue their educational goals.

Reduce the effect mental illness or a substance use issue has on finding and staying in the program/course the individual wants.


The Education Coach 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, with or without support from staff.


We believe:

Everyone has the right to education. Individuals who choose to pursue education have a right to be supported in finding and staying in the program/course the individual wants.

Obtaining education is an important component of recovery from mental illness:

Gives individuals a sense of purpose, and meaningful activity

Increase of self-worth and accomplishment

Increases skills and growth


  • Clients work collaboratively with Education Coaches, developing approaches to finding and staying in programs/courses that work.
  • One on one assistance for education seekers in meeting their employment goals and continual support once the desired program/course has been obtained.
  • Work with individuals and educators to develop accommodations if necessary.
  • Support to build strengths and skills required to be successful in finding and staying in the desired program/course.
  • Education coaches are experienced in all aspects of the education process and can assist you with the application process, finding the right program or course and problem solving.
  • Education Support
  • Education Coaches work with clients to improve learning skills. This can happen on campus, in ICMH offices (on Skinner street), or even in a coffee shop if there is a private space to talk.
  • Some people meet with a coach just once for some information, others receive support throughout the time they are in education.
  • Coaches can help to problem solve with you about your mental illness and its impact in the classroom, connect you with disability services and to find solutions or accommodations that will allow you to be successful.
  • Support is ongoing until it’s no longer required – no time limits.
  • Our Education Coaches offer practical support to ensure you achieve your goal.
  • We offer advice on navigating the educational system, from grants and bursaries, exploring courses, finding your way around the campus and connecting you to the resources you need to be successful.

  • Entering into the program/course the individual wants with the mental health support they need.
  • There is no cost to the client or educator.



How to Get Involved


Referrals can be made by any collateral support such as a psychiatrist, case manager,
family/walk-in doctor, community support worker, psychologist, counsellor, healthcare provider, or by self-referral.  
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 here: Networks Referral 2023

To learn more please contact:


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