CMHA VERNON Rehabilitation Programs reflect a work-ordered day. We believe a work environment provides a focus for all components of an individual’s life, and a good transition into community employment, for those who wish to re-enter the workforce. Our Supported Work Coordinator is dedicated to supporting individuals in achieving their employment goals. At CMHA VERNON, we offer a variety of programs and services to individuals overcoming mental health issues. Here’s a glimpse of what we have been offering this year.
Fill out an intake form and join CMHA today! There are three convenient ways to obtain an intake form:
- Pick one up at our office at 3100 – 28th Ave, Vernon, BC.
- Click here to open a form you can fill out online and email to CMHA VERNON.
- Print out our printable intake form and fax or mail to CMHA VERNON.
An average of 22 volunteers participate each month in collecting and sorting paper for recycling. Our crew provides recycling bins and locates them for collection in various schools and businesses in Vernon, Armstrong, and Lumby. Contact us today for more information on how your business can receive this service, or if you are looking at becoming part of the recycling crew.
This program provides basic training in janitorial work. Volunteers take care of the CMHA building and transition into employment or other opportunities through our supported employment program. Participants receive a certificate at the end of training, and this enhances their employment options.
Kitchen Program & Coffee Room
This program offers training in meal preparation, Food Safe standards, and small catering services. A well balanced daily lunch is prepared for all volunteers at a cost of $2.50. This group is responsible for menu planning, grocery shopping, preparing and serving meals, clean-up, and baking for catering needs. They also manage the volunteer coffee center and the consumer snack area.
This program assists consumers with resume writing, interview skills, training courses, and finding part or full-time employment. Volunteer and paid work positions include: local pizza shop, retail stores, gas stations, assembly line production, grocery and convenience stores, lawn maintenance, building maintenance, food bank, and several non-profit agencies. We have over 145 active volunteers in the Vernon area!
This training program develops basic office skills. Duties include answering a multi-line phone, assisting with walk-in queries from the general public, notifying staff of appointments, and the use of basic office equipment, such as faxing and photocopying. A certificate is awarded at the end of the training and practicum.
The goal of our Retail Training Program is to provide experience and training in the world of retail sales and customer service. This is achieved through The Georgette Shop (CMHA thrift store), and provides individuals the opportunity to develop these skills.
Leadership Training is a component of all our pre-vocational programs, but it can also be taken as a separate course. Individuals are offered Leadership Training to empower them to facilitate a variety of social and recreational activities, in a safe, fun and friendly environment.
The Canadian Mental Health Association provides mental health promotion and mental illness recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families. Follow the links below for details.
CMHA believes that good mental health is essential to overall health and well-being. Whether you are managing a mental illness, supporting someone you care about, or looking to build your own overall health, we can help you build mental health skills and resilience for yourself and your family. We offer courses in the spring, fall and winter. All courses except Living Life to the Full are free. For details please call Marie-France at 250.542.3114 ext. 211.
Adapted from Changeways Program, this course is available as a 5 or 9 week course. The physical, cognitive and behavioral aspects of anxiety are examined. This helps people understand and cope with the symptoms of anxiety. Relaxation skills are taught and practiced.
Our Boundaries Education program is adapted from material from Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend. This 3 or 9 week course examines the function and purpose of boundaries and provides tools for developing and maintaining healthy limits with self and others.
A 3 week group to help decrease stress. Practice how to slow down, accept and better manage challenging emotions, and spend more time living in the present moment.
Living Life to the Full (LLTTF)
This 8 week LLTTF course was created to help people deal with everyday life challenges. It teaches key life skills that will help you to feel better, be happier, and have more control of your life.
A 3 week workshop that will assist you to increase your confidence and knowledge about managing your finances. It includes budgeting skills, how to save money, available rebates, and more.
Self-Care for Depression
This 5 week CBT course was created by psychologists Blisker of Simon Fraser University and Paterson of Changeways Clinic. Learn and practice antidepressant skills to reactiviate your life, change negative thinking, and solve problems.
This 3 week course can help with feeling more confident and capable to deal with life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness
Tips for Stress Free Living
Learn about the effects of stress and how to have less of it in this 4 week course. Alternatives to stress are provided and practiced.
A weekly social group for sharing and developing friendships. Activities include crafts, education, games and community outings.
Yoga Using a Chair
This class follows a DVD that uses chairs for ease and safety. There is no floor work involved. You can gain better balance and flexibility and increase strength and relaxation.
Young at Heart
A weekly social group for seniors to enjoy a variety of activities including arm chair travel, crafts, music, conversation and exploration of the Vernon area.
For further information on Wellness Programs, please call Tami at CMHA @ 250.542.3114 ext. 211
- Bounce Back®
A free, evidence-based program designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety.
- Confident Parents: Thriving Kids
A family-focused, telephone-based coaching service for parents and caregivers, effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural challenges and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3 – 12.
- Living Life to the Full
An eight-session, 12-hour mental health promotion course designed to help people deal with low mood, anxiety, stress and everyday life challenges.
Find tools and resources for yourself or a young person in your life.
CMHA offers a variety of workshops and training sessions to improve mental health in the workplace.
CMHA’s Community Gatekeeper program training is designed to help make BC communities safer – and help save lives – by preparing key members of every community with skills to help people who are at risk of suicide.
CMHA is a partner of WorkBC to deliver one-to-one employment services. Visit WorkBC Vernon for more information.