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Aboriginal Mental Health Promotion from CMHA BC. From 2010-2015, the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres led Connecting the Dots, a program that brought community partners together to promote the health and well-being of urban Aboriginal youth and families. You can learn more about the project and see their activities and lessons learned, watch a new video from Quesnel participants, find a Photovoice book created by participants in Kelowna, and hear stories from the Photovoice Exhibit Gala. You’ll also find more information on related resources, cultural competency training opportunities, and best practices. For more, visit Aboriginal Mental Health Promotion.

Seeking Aboriginal perspectives for Visions Journal. An upcoming theme of Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal will explore Aboriginal mental health and well-being. If you live in BC and would like to share your story or perspectives in this magazine, and possibly earn $75 when the issue publishes, please contact [email protected] to get more details.

System navigation videos from Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has two videos for families who are seeking help for a young person.

  • The first video, Supporting Children & Youth with Mental Health Challenges: Where can families start? discusses the child and youth mental health system in BC introduces key professionals—family doctors, a teacher or school counsellor, private counsellors or psychologists, and Child and Youth Mental Health Offices.

  • The second video, What Can Families Expect Along the Way? Supporting a Child or Youth with Mental Health Challenges, explains how to work well with health professionals, such as preparing for an appointment, what to ask health professionals, you child’s privacy. You’ll also find resources to help parents or caregivers find support for themselves. Each video is available with voiceover audio in French, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Mandarin, and Cantonese. To watch these videos, visit Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

Wellness resources from the First Nations Health Authority

The First Nations Health Authority, which started operating in 2013, plans, designs, manages, delivers, and funds First Nations health programs and services across BC. They have a number of resources online: Mental wellness and substance use resources cover topics like wellness, depression, suicide, trauma, and healing. Spirit Magazine brings together diverse voices and perspectives on a particular theme. Wellness for First Nations explores different perspectives of wellness and includes tips or resources to help you try different wellness activities on your own. The First Nations Health Authority also produced the BC Elder’s Guide, which offers information and advice on topics like health and wellness, housing, and managing finances.

Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research

The Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research is a partnership between Aboriginal communities and researchers. You can learn more about different research and collaborative projects, as well as curricula suggestions. The Mental Health Programs for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada database collects mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention programs, resources, and models for Aboriginal community members. You’ll also find a directory of related organizations, programs, and resources. For more, visit

Aboriginal Wellness Program in the Lower Mainland

Vancouver Coastal Health’s Aboriginal Wellness Program offers culturally safe mental health and substance use programs and supports to meet the need of Aboriginal community members around the Lower Mainland. Services align with Aboriginal perspectives of health, well-being, and healing and may include a mix of traditional healing, mainstream Western practices, and other alternative approaches. The program offers counselling for adults, group sessions, and cultural supports and teaching. To learn more, visit the Aboriginal Wellness Program.

Not in the Lower Mainland?
Each health authority offers an Aboriginal patient liaison or navigators who can help people connect with the right program or service. You can find a list of Aboriginal liaisons at HealthLinkBC.

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership: September 21-25

The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership conference will take place September 21-25 in Vancouver. The conference brings together practitioners and leaders from around the world to discuss the theme of Accelerating Change Towards Mental Health, Well-Being, and Inclusion. Break-out themes include mental wellness and Indigenous knowledge, e-mental health, mental health and policing, social determinants of health, and more. For more information and registration, visit

A separate workshop Aboriginal cultural competency will also be held on September 23. Indigenous Cultural Competence and Humility in Mental Health will explore the history of colonization, intergenerational trauma, cultural competency in mental health and substance use services, and strategies to meet the needs of Aboriginal clients. This workshop requires separate registration. Email [email protected] to learn more or register.

Beyond the Blues 2015: Call for event hosts

Every October and November, HeretoHelp supports Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Days around BC. Organizations, schools, workplaces, and other groups host an event where people may take screening self-tests for depression, anxiety disorders, risky drinking, and well-being. Participants may meet with a service provider to discuss the results of the screening test and learn more about mental health and substance use services and resources in their area. Many event hosts offer an educational event on the screening day. If you are a multicultural or Aboriginal service provider and you’d like to host an event in your community, please check out the orientation video at and email [email protected] to see if you are eligible for free resources and support.


WithinSight features BC resources about mental health, well-being, alcohol use and other drug use that are designed for multicultural and multilingual communities. Our goal is to bring these useful resources “within sight” of service providers and communities.

This newsletter contains information collected from a variety of sources, individuals and organizations that we consider reliable. However, the information and links provided do not necessarily represent the views of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.


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