Archive Resources

Resources from Mar. 21, 2011 Show
  • Don Collett - Family therapist leads weekly hoarding group therapy workshops at the First United Church -- contact Don directly at
  • Lynn Urekar, Vancouver Compulsive Hoarding Project Team -- dial 311 in Vancouver and ask to be directed to the Compulsive Hoarding Project Team
  • For My Health is a new mental and physical health program for employees developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Impact BC. Includes screening questionnaires for depression and anxiety, lifestyle, stress and coping. There is also one-on-one counseling with a registered nurse, goal setting, and health action planning.

Resources from Mar. 14, 2011 Show
  • Richmond Addiction Services Society <> helps those struggling with addictive behavior such as video game addiction. Phone: 604-270-9220
  • The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Centre <> in Vancouver helps those with Borderline Personality Disorder <>. They also treat those with suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and self-destructive behaviors. The centre provides skills training, teaching people how to identify and cope with emotions and deal with stress. Phone: 778-223-8864.

  • Canadian Mental Health Association's Emerging Into Light represents a movement to build a community of hope, support and inclusion for people with mental illness. You can visit the national Emerging into Light gallery to view people's triumphs and experiences with recovery from mental illness. You can also order the new Emerging Into Light lapel pins Go to <>
  • Are you looking for a job? Do you have depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues? Pact Employment <> can help. For free and confidential employment services call 604-877-0033. Pact Employment is affiliated with Coast Mental Health.

Resources from Feb. 21, 2011 Show
  • We're looking for volunteers to join our collective and help produce the show. Co-op Radio provides training. Please e-mail: or call Richard Dalton at 1-888-509-1465.

  • Stand Up for Mental Health is a comedy show currently making the rounds of 25 universities across Canada, including a recent appearance at UBC. The members manage mental illness by laughing about their conditions. The show is the brainchild of David Granirer, a teacher of stand up comedy at Langara College and author of the book The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success. The show uses comedy to build self-esteem while fighting public stigma against mental illness. 
  • Canadian Forces Be the Difference campaign helping to de-stigmatize mental illness in the military.

  • American military - the Freedom Care Program provides specialized psychiatric care for active military members, veterans, and their families. National spokesperson Herschel Walker, former Heisman trophy winner diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, travels to military bases and communities spreading his message of hope. International Call Line 866-441-4440. 

  • Mental health service dogs recently showcased on Global TV - West Coast Assistance Teams working in tandem with Assistance for Body Mind Soul.

Resources from Feb. 14, 2011 Show
  • Documentary - Family Matters: Surviving the Bi-Polar Journey  -- for more information or to purchase DVD --

  • Systematic Treatment Optimization Program in Early Mania also known as (STOP-EM) provides accurate identification and diagnosis for patients who have had first manic episode. Patients aged 14 and older with a current or recent first manic episode can be referred to the program. Researchers will assess social and intellectual functioning, brain structure and chemistry, and provide genetic testing.  Phone 604.822.7512 or go to

  • Australia - information on the Men's Shed movement, a program that helps Australia's mentally ill men

Resources from Jan. 17, 2011 Show
  • Gallery Gachet has exhibited the art of over 200 artists from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, who work with issues related to their mental health through artwork. They can be reached at 604-687-2468.

  • Vancouver Coastal's Art Studios provides a safe and accepting community where people with a mental health diagnosis can grow through their participation in art. Call 811 for more information.

  • The Odd Squad produces award-winning videos and documentaries on the dangers of substance abuse and other anti-social and criminal behaviour. They give presentations and workshops at schools, community centres, and conferences. E-mail the Odd Squad at

  • The BC Schizophrenia Society empowers families affected by mental illness. The ReachOut Psychosis program reduces the stigma surrounding mental illness, by educating young people and their families about psychosis in a fun and interactive environment. ReachOut is presented free of charge to secondary schools in BC. Contact 604-682-7020 to book school presentation. For non school or other enquiries, please e-mail ReachOut Program Manager or phone 604-270-7841 (lower mainland) or toll-free 1-888-888-0029 (BC).

  • The Strathcona Mental Health Team in the Downtown Eastside provides mental health treatment for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and bi-polar. They also provide referrals to other agencies. Call 604-253-4401 for more information.

  • The Motivation, Power and Achievement Society (MPA) provides community-based, self-help mental health service programs and provides supported housing, advocacy, and community resources. MPA members work in partnership with staff towards the goal of recovery from mental illness.

Resources from Previous Shows
  • The Covenant House Mental Health Program, in partnership with the Inner City Youth Mental Health team at St. Paul’s Hospital, provides help for kids who may have undiagnosed mental health problems. If you would like more information, the number to call is 604-638-4438.

  • An innovative community-based support program led by Dr. Paul Termansen at Lion’s Gate Hospital in North Vancouver helps patients struggling with bipolar disorder. You can reach the Mood Disorders Program at Lion’s Gate Hospital at 604-988-3131.

  • You can help fulfill the wishes of a homeless person this Christmas. At you can send a personal gift or a caring message. Only the first name and ID number of the individual is provided to protect their anonymity. You may choose to send a gift online or deliver it to the reception desk at the shelter of your choice.

  • For information on St. Paul’s Seek-and-Treat program for HIV & Aids sufferers and the anti-retroviral therapy HAART  go to

  • Directions Youth Services Centre offers a service called Street Youth Job Action that allows young street people, many of whom have undiagnosed mental illness, to earn cash by cleaning up the streets. For information, contact: 604.633.1472

  • The West End Seniors Network at Kay’s Place in the Denman Mall with its Seniors in Need Fund helps the elderly, some of whom are homeless and suffer from mental illness, with gift cards from Tim Horton’s and 7-11 and warm winter clothes. Go to  and click Information & Referral.

  • Are you depressed?  If you have 3 or more of the following symptoms such as: depressed mood, diminished interest or pleasure in activities, change in appetite, poor sleep, fatigue, low self-esteem, or poor concentration, you may be eligible to participate in a UBC research study that involves combination treatments for depression (one non-medication therapy plus one anti-depressant drug). Contact the mood disorders centre at UBC at 604-822-0332.

  • The Acute Psychiatric Assessment Clinic (APAC) at St. Paul’s hospital provides the fastest care in Canada for patients with mental illness. Operating out of the hospital’s Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, APAC targets patients who otherwise would have been admitted to hospital or would have had to remain in hospital. For information, call (604) 806-8004.
  • Ride Don't Hide, by fifth-grade teacher Michael Shratter, is a bicycle campaign to promote awareness about mental health issues.

  • Coast Mental Health promotes recovery of people with mental illness. The group's website Psychosiphobia addresses the stigma associated with mental health.

  • Mental Health Works, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, includes resources, strategies, articles, helpful links and solutions that address mental health issues at work.

  • BC Mental Health and Addiction Services offers Antidepressant Skills at Work self care guide. Developed by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, in partnership with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction at Simon Fraser University, the guide helps employees manage their mental health issues in the workplace and supports employers in creating healthier workplaces.

  • Simon Fraser's Consortium for Organizational Mental Healthcare (COMH) provides self-management information, mental health tools and resources.

  • Here to Help is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Working with seven leading mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies, Here to Help gives people the information they need to better manage and prevent mental health and substance abuse problems.

  • The Seasonal Affective Disorder Information, by UBC's Mood Disorder Centre, offers information about SAD.