MHRP provides services for people with mental illness, regardless of their diagnosis, and the people who care about them. Approximately two-thirds of the people that we serve have schizophrenia or psychosis or a loved one with schizophrenia or psychosis, one third a mood disorder (bipolar disorder or major depression) or a loved one that does. We also provide service to people with anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and other disorders. Sometimes people do not have a diagnosis but are behaving in a way that leads others to believe that they have a mental illness. We can assist in this situation with support, information and strategies to connect with resources. We provide service to people who have a mental illness with or without a substance use issue (concurrent disorder or dual diagnosis).
Our Services Need Your Support!
We offer some of the most programs and services for people with mental illness in Victoria, as well as their families and loved ones. Without your committed support, no matter the amount or frequency, we wouldn't be able to provide the levels of services and programs that Victoria desperately needs. These services include one-on-one counselling and support, as well as group sessions open to the public, as well as workshops throughout the year. We offer these all free of charge.
The Family Counselling Program provides short term counselling for people with a family member with a mental illness.The goal is to assist families to gain the knowledge, skills and resources to enable them to successfully manage the multiple and ongoing demands of supporting someone with a mental illness.
The service is tailored to the needs expressed by individual families and most frequently involves gaining information about diagnosis, treatment options, prognosis and recovery, developing constructive coping techniques, improving self-care skills, accessing mental health resources and managing distressing behaviours.
Funded by the Vancouver Island Health Authority, there is no charge for this service and people are eligible for up to six sessions.
Family Support Groups:
We offer Family Support Groups are free of charge and offered as a drop-in resource for family and friends of loved ones with mental illness (every second Thursday of the month in the evening). We also offer a special support group every last Thursday of the month specifically for spouses and partners of loved ones with mental illness.
Peer Support is confidential, one-to-one mentoring through a shared experience of mental illness and recovery. The goal of peer support is to assist a person to discover ways to better manage their illness and enjoy life. Our peers are a vital part of MHRP South Island. They provide an invaluable resource to countless people in Victoria in stages of recovery. They undergo special training to provide this service.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (W.R.A.P.)
An evidenced based self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. MHRP South Island offers the W.R.A.P. program several times a year in a small group setting, and is one of the city's key programs to empower people struggling with mental health. Program facilitators go through special training programs to lead the group. MHRP South Island relies on the generosity of donors like you to make these programs a reality. We are only able to offer W.R.A.P. sessions when our budget allows, and yet our waitlist for the program continues to grow.