Hello and Welcome!
Notice something different? That’s because we’re thrilled to share our new, redesigned, and revamped website! Over the past few months, we’ve been working with our partners over at Massive Media, a Vancouver-based web design and development company, to craft a new digital experience to better help support our community.
Allow us to take you on a bit of a tour. A big part of our work with Massive was consolidating our content and streamlining our navigation to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. For example, all the information about our Consumer Initiative Fund now lives on our CIF page, located under “Initiatives.” Here, you can find all things CIF-related including projects, funds, and grants. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom for links to items like the Education and Leisure Fund and Special Action Committee (SAC).
Underneath Initiatives, you’ll also find links to our Peer Support, Peer Support Training, and Peer Led Workshops pages. And, if you’re looking to attend a workshop or event, you can check out our redesigned Events Calendar to see what’s coming up in the next few weeks and months.
Lastly, make sure to check out our new and improved Resources Page where you can find News and Information, Musings from Lived Experience, Funding / Grants, and an archive of our Family Connections Newsletter.
The new Spotlight website has also been carefully designed with accessibility and support in mind. We followed best practices laid out in WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility web standard and chose to update our colour palette to soft, warm colours that evoke feelings of calmness, hope, and comfort. We also designed our logo to be representative of both a Spotlight on Mental Health, and the collaborative nature of our work. Visually, it represents the idea that together, we’re better than the sum of our parts. Finally, we rearchitected our user experience and navigation to better highlight the resources and content that would serve the needs of our community.
Throughout this process, our goal was to craft an experience that reflected our mission and our values. From the beginning, Spotlight on Mental Health has focused on being a hub and a resource designed for—and by—our community. In this project, we wanted to bring that vision to life, not just through our initiatives and workshops, but through our website as well.
It has never been more important to make mental health and substance use support more easily accessible to those who need it. And there is no shortage of barriers that prevent people from getting the care and support that they need. Recognizing this, we hope that this new iteration of our website takes us one step further toward a world where everyone can find the mental health and substances use resources they need to live healthier and happier lives.
We’re really excited about this evolution of Spotlight and the foundation it gives us to continue expanding and growing our resources. But, like all change, it’s a work in progress. While you explore the website, let us know if there’s something you can’t find, or if you have any feedback and thoughts to share. As we navigate through this transition together, we’re eager to hear from the people who matter most – you.
Now, there’s a lot to explore so get to clicking, and please reach out if you have any issues or questions. As always, thank you for continuing to be an integral part of Spotlight on Mental Health.
To contact us, please visit our Contact Page or use the details listed in our website footer. If you or someone you know are experiencing a crisis and need support, you can get help on our Crisis Information Page. Lastly, if you would like to learn more about our partner Massive Media and the work that they do, you can check out their website.