Adults living in the Grandview-Woodland area of Vancouver who face barriers to accessing mental health care.
COVID-19 Surge Fund
What This Grantee Is Doing for Community Counselling
REACH is a comprehensive Community Health Centre located in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. With medical clinic, a dental clinic, a pharmacy, an Urgent and Primary Care Centre, dental clinic, family medical practice and a Health Equity and Community engagement department which includes a Multicultural Family Centre, it works to serve the diverse health and social needs of its community. CAI COVID-19 Surge Funding funded REACH’s expansion of its mental health and substance use workshop series that to support patient and community member’s’ mental and physical wellbeing. Facilitated by counsellors, social workers and other professionals, these workshops explore numerous counselling modalities and culturally sensitive tools/methods.
Workshop topics may include:
• Grief and Loss of a Significant Person
• Depression Care
• Art based therapies for mindfulness or anxiety
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group (DBT)
• Others as community needs arise
Workshops are held online and in-person in accordance with provincial public health guidelines and REACH's own guidelines for client safety. Technology assistance and resource support is available to participants with technology barriers.
Contact email: [email protected]
"CAI Surge Funding as it allowed us to build a base of infrastructure , administrative processes and materials for programming. Our programming is now integrated well into the workflow of our primary care clinics as well. We also have developed relationships with community partners and elders who acted as co-facilitators as well. Our outreach efforts are now leading to greater community awareness of the services. Recently, we received a call from a local detox centre where a worker wanted to inquire about the workshops, and mentioned that they had a few REACH clients that would benefit. This example is the best at demonstrating how our place based community mental health approach can flourish to provide great wrap around care, given the appropriate resourcing."