Vancouver Coastal Health has a Family Support and Involvement Team. This team assists families with resources, education, information, and support, as well with facilitating the inclusion of family in the care of their loved ones. The team also works on including families in important decisions that are taken by Vancouver Coastal Health, for example the design and planning of the new mental health hospital, the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Center. Team members are
- Jennifer Glasgow (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Manager
- Justun Miller (email@example.com) – Justun works with “Community” – people with mental health or substance use issues who live in the community (i.e. are not in Acute or Tertiary – see below)
- Isabella Mori (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Isabella works in “Acute” – people with short term hospital stays
- Zachariah Finley (email@example.com) – Zach works in the “Tertiary” area, i.e. people who are in a long-term hospital or hospital like setting
Here is some information you might find useful.
- An introductory general article on Family Involvement.
- The Vancouver Coastal Health Family Involvement Policy, as well as questions pertaining to that policy
- Our Family Involvement Newsletter can be accessed here.
- The Family Connections Support group, facilitated by Zach and Isabella, meets every 1st Thursday and 3rd Monday of the month from 6-8pm. Location: CIBC Center for Patients and Families at the main VGH Building, 899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver. The CIBC Center is behind the Information Center (straight up and ahead from the main entrance). For more information, contact Isabella or Zach (above). More support groups can be found in the latest newsletter.
- Communication Protocol for Individuals Receiving Services at VCH, an article about the details of VCH mental health professionals communicating among themselves, and with patients, families and family physicians
- A Journey Through the Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health “System”
- Find the latest articles related to Family Involvement HERE.
- A PDF of the most up-to-date Resource List – Community Support for Families. This includes support and educational groups, web sites, and places where you can receive one-on-one counselling, often at a reduced rate.
- Families often hear us talk about a Xavier Amador’s book – here is a link to it “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help”. You can also find it on Kindle.
- And don’t forget our annual family conference! The last one was April 23, 2016. Conference videos can be found here.