Mental Health in Greater Victoria

Your guide to mental health resources in Greater Victoria

Your guide to mental health resources in Greater Victoria

Resource guide explores mental illness, local resources and how you can help

  • May 18, 2020

 

Oak Bay Fire Chief Darren Hughes is proud of the atmosphere he’s helped foster that allows members to have open conversations about mental health. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Mental Health: ‘Choke it down’ mentality now in the past for first responders

Emergency crews implementing programs focusing on self-care

 

Kelly Lord is regaining her footing at the Sandy Merriman Women’s Shelter after mental illness left her isolated and homeless. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Mental Health: Stigma leads to a life on the streets

People with severe mental illness disproportionately impacted by homelessness

Kelly Lord is regaining her footing at the Sandy Merriman Women’s Shelter after mental illness left her isolated and homeless. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Creating a crisis plan is a great way to mitigate problems during a mental health crisis. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mental Health: Planning for a crisis

Crisis planning lays out a blueprint in case hard times hit

Creating a crisis plan is a great way to mitigate problems during a mental health crisis. (Black Press Media file photo)
A longtime coach, Dave Saunders, wants to see mental health talked about more, especially by local sports organizations so more people know where to turn. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Mental Health: Fractured services leave community to fill gaps

Greater Victoria service providers working together to help youth

A longtime coach, Dave Saunders, wants to see mental health talked about more, especially by local sports organizations so more people know where to turn. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
Paula Roumeliotis says getting a proper diagnosis for her bipolar disorder and finding ongoing recovery support has changed her life. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Mental Health: Erasing stigma leads to new path for Victoria woman

Paula Roumeliotis struggled with bipolar disorder for 35 years before finding support

Paula Roumeliotis says getting a proper diagnosis for her bipolar disorder and finding ongoing recovery support has changed her life. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
With provincial government spending focused on emergency response, community service providers are left to fill the voids in a fractured system. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mental Health: A look at a fractured system

In this special series, Black Press Media reporters share stories from across Greater Victoria

With provincial government spending focused on emergency response, community service providers are left to fill the voids in a fractured system. (Black Press Media file photo)