Your Funds at Work

The Impact of Your Support

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Ride Don’t Hide raises awareness and funds that make a significant impact in your community and provide each and every one the opportunity to:

  • Practice self-care and promote well-being through physical exercise, community support and having fun!
  • Promote mental health among your family, friends and community
  • Promote acceptance and reduce discrimination against people experiencing mental illness

The Impact of your support in BC in 2015

WOMEN HELPED LAST YEAR

223 women Living Life to the Full—An 8 week life management skills course for vulnerable and low income women – 45 women in South Okanagan Similkameen, 45 women in Mid-Island, 26 women in Lower Mainland communities, 77 women in Kelowna, 14 women in Shuswap Revelstoke and 6 women with severe and persistent mental illness in Prince George. 35 young women participated in the new Living Life to the Full for Youth course in Victoria, Burnaby, Delta and Cranbrook.

250 women Port Alberni and Penticton Clubhouses—Support through Clubhouse programs and nutritious meals -100 women in Port Alberni and 150 women in Penticton

120 women Peer Support and Wellness Programs – 60 women in Kelowna and 60 women in Penticton

25 women Coffee and Connections—An 8 week program for senior women experiencing isolation encouraging social interaction, education on nutrition and other health matters and skill development opportunities to enhance mental health – 25 senior women in Greater Vancouver

16 women Eating Disorders Psycho-educational Series—A 16 week workshop for women 17-50 years of age, which provides information and skills to recover from eating disorders -16 women in Delta

35 women Caring for the Care Giver—Supporting parents of children with mental illness -35 women in Kelowna.

YOUTH AND FAMILIES HELPED LAST YEAR

47 youth Pandemonium Youth Program—Helping 13–17 year old teens with a mental illness by providing opportunities to meet with and enjoy activities with people their own age who are also recovering from mental illness. The program helps develop lifelong coping skills and provides positive adult role models to increase youth participants’ connection with community – 47 youth in Greater Vancouver

121 families Super Saturday Club—Supports parents with a mental illness—almost 50% are single moms—with time to take care of their health while kids are engaged in social and leisure activities – 114 children and youth and their parents in the Lower Mainland and 7 in Vernon

65 children Therapeutic Creative Art Studios – 65 children in Greater Vancouver

The Impact of your support in Ontario in 2015

51 youth safeTALK—a training in ‘suicide alertness’ that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify individuals with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

200 families Mental health promotion program and initiatives – help clients in recovery, educating the public about mental health, fostering awareness and shifting public attitudes.

300 people – providing supportive grief counseling to bereaved individuals, as well as education and consultation to community agencies, groups and the general public.

The Impact of your support in Calgary in 2015

1,760 clients impacted by mental illness accessed the supports and services available through CMHA Calgary.

26,655 youth have participated in Community Mental Health Education programs focusing on mental illness, stigma and suicide prevention.

Help CMHA provide programs supporting people in your community. For example:

    • Confident Parents:Thriving Kids:family-focused coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12.
    • Bounce Back: Reclaim your healthTM: an evidence-based program to help adults build skills to overcome low mood or stress, with or without anxiety.
    • Living Life to the Full, a skill-based eight-week course helping people better deal with life’s ups and downs, stress and worry, and get more out of life.
    • Pandemonium: Youth with Anxiety Group helps youth with serious mental health issues to connect with their community, peers and adult role models while building skills to manage their mental health that will last a lifetime. The program also alleviates some of the stress of mothers and other family members who are supporting the young people. Pandemonium provides a space where youth can connect and socialize with peers as they begin their road to recovery.  The program accomplishes all these goals while providing a fun, social and safe environment for participants.
    • Super Saturday Club is a no-cost monthly recreation program for children whose parents have a mental illness. It provides a safe, enriching, social and recreational experience for children while giving parents the opportunity to focus on his/her own wellness needs. This program increases the social network of the children, promotes social skill development and confidence. The program helps participants build social connections, resiliency, coping skills and engage in the community. With your additional funds will help develop and expand our child and youth programs to offer additional support for single mothers.
    • Enjoy Your Baby is a new program that will help new and expectant moms as they cope with the life changes which occur while having a baby.
    • Education and awareness
    • Homelessness outreach, nutrition, social housing and employment programs
    • Education grants

 

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