Supportive Connections is an educational recovery project that will consist of a series of lunch and learns on topics such as Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, Communications, Emotional Awareness, and Self Awareness just to name a few. They will run weekly for 12 weeks at two locations in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant and West End Communities as well as other interested communities. Through heart-centered storytelling participants share their experiences and with experiential exercises will develop skills and coping strategies, while supporting each other through the process. This will create a sacred space for the duration of the workshops making it safe for participants to be authentic in their responses to the activities allowing them to walk away determined to continue their recovery to wellbeing. When the participants leave the program they will have a phone list of those that participated thus expanding their support networks. They also receive a recipe book of the lunches and an action plan in place.
This project will reach participants of non-profit transitional and permanent housing who are looking for the tools to help them reclaim their lives. I hope that anyone learning their new normal and consumers of mental health and substance use will attend as well as members of the community such as: families, caregivers. Bridging the gap in society through the story telling we are removing stigma that goes along with these struggles.
Supportive Connections is funded by the Consumer Initiative Fund (CIF) with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). The lunch and learns will take place at the Yukon Housing Centre starting in September 2017 and Bloom Group Nicholson Tower Housing Society starting in January 2017.
The project manager, Serena Cripps, can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org or (604)442-8408