Wellness Education Programs

When we feel well, it means as individuals we feel good about our mental and physical well-being in every aspect of our daily lives. 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


Join CMHA Vernon’s trained facilitators, Asia Nijjar, Kayla Salkeld and Tami Muhlert, as they help you understand where you are now, what you need and how to get there.

Sessions are 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on January 19th, 20th, 24th and 25th.

As we enter the recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever before to support individuals by ‘getting back to basics’. Life does not come with a map, and everyone experiences twists and turns, from everyday challenges to traumatic events. Each change affects people differently, yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful situations—in part thanks to their resources and overall health.  Activities and content are helpful to accelerate recovery and increase self-efficacy, and is consistent with the evidence on risk and resilience following adversity.

The session topics at a glance:

Building Problem-Solving Skills teaches people the tools to break problems down into more manageable chunks, identify a range of ways to respond, and create an action plan to move forward.

Promoting Positive Activities guides people to increase meaningful and positive activities in their schedule, with the goal of building resilience and bringing more fulfillment and enjoyment into their life.

Managing Reactions helps participants better manage distressing physical and emotional reactions by using such tools as breathing retraining, writing exercises, and identifying and planning for triggers and reminders.

Promoting Helpful Thinking helps people learn how their thoughts influence their emotions, become more aware of what they are saying to themselves, and replace unhelpful with more helpful thoughts.

Rebuilding Healthy Connections encourages people to access and enhance social, workplace, and community supports.

The goal of Wellness Exchange is to help increase effective coping, communication, self-advocacy, through an action-oriented approach. During sessions, participants have an opportunity to reflect and engage in self-care and skill building for personal development and benefit.


 To register please fill out and submit the form below:

Wellness Exchange: Back to Basics


If you have any questions please connect with Tami at [email protected] or 250-542-3114 ext 211






Bounce Back®: For Adults

BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Your well-being shouldn’t have to wait. With the right tools and practice, you can bounce back to reclaim your mental health.

It’s common to feel low, stressed out, worried, depressed, irritable, angry, or nothing at all. With the right tools and practice, you can reclaim your mental health. You have the power to make beneficial changes, and we are here to help.

Choose what’s best for you from one of our three program delivery methods. Your journey, your pace.

BounceBack® Coaching: If you like having someone motivate and encourage you to reflect, the coaching program may be right for you. A trained BounceBack® coach will help you learn skills to improve your mental health in up to six telephone sessions over three to six months. Your coach will help keep you on track and offer support as you work through the program materials. You design your own program by selecting materials from 20 different modules. Coaching + workbooks are available in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese or Punjabi.

To learn more or to register visit click here. Direct them to this webpage: https://bouncebackbc.ca/bounceback-coaching/

BounceBack® Online: If you prefer to work independently, check out our online program. Access 20 modules that include workbooks, interactive worksheets and videos designed to help you overcome low-mood and worry. Set your own schedule and get the tools you need to help yourself. Workbooks are available in English.

To learn more or to register visit click here. Direct them to this webpage: https://online.bouncebackonline.ca/

BounceBack® Today Video: If you’re not quite ready for the BounceBack® Coaching or Online, or are waiting for your coaching sessions to begin, check out our series of online videos. The videos will provide you with practical tips on managing your mood, sleeping better, building confidence, increasing activity, problem-solving and healthy living. Videos are available in English, French, Farsi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi.

Use this access code to register: bbtodaybc

To learn more or to register visit click here. Direct them to this webpage: https://www.bouncebackvideo.ca/

Are your clients feeling low, stressed or anxious?

BounceBack®  is a free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program designed to assist service providers in providing support to adults and youth 15+ who need help managing low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry.

It’s free, there is no wait period, and no travel is required.

Read the Bounce Back® Brochure

FAQs -You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers – Direct them to this page; https://bouncebackbc.ca/faqs/

Pathways to Wellness is a new and innovative model that will expand our current educational offerings by providing the opportunity for an enhanced curriculum with a collaborative, inclusive approach to develop and apply knowledge to our community’s many unique mental health needs. Our co-development model engages diverse individuals and organizations to create a broad yet unique coalition dedicated to improving mental health.

The program aims to be a welcoming, friendly place where anyone in the community can walk in and learn more about mental health. The need for accessible information about taking care of our mental health has increased substantially during this past pandemic year.

It is a way to involve all people interested in learning about ways to improve their mental health. In this model, anyone in the community can be a student; there is no need to identify as having a mental health struggle. Whether they have a family member or a friend struggling with their mental health or are interested in learning more about themselves, interested people can attend a class.

Classes can include topics such as:

· Understanding recovery
· Understanding mental health conditions
· Looking at mental health services and treatments
· Personal wellbeing and health
· Life skills, managing money, moving towards other education or employment
· Training, advocacy and peer-support skills

Pathways to Wellness will enable people to become experts in their self-care and develop their skills for living and working. Courses will be designed in partnership with people with lived experience and professional experience of mental health issues. Working together and supporting each other will foster and break down barriers.

We are currently looking for members to join our Pathways to Wellness Advisory Committee.

The committee will create policies and procedures for the Pathways to Wellness program. The committee will also provide the final review and acceptance of the curriculum developed by Pathways to Wellness collaboration sessions. The committee will ensure all Pathways to Wellness programming, services, and workshops are culturally diverse, inclusive, and equal. The committee aims to provide policy and procedural recommendations that support the Pathways to Wellness program to eliminate stigma by providing education on mental wellbeing and mental illness.

The committee will consist of 10-15 members who identify in one of the following categories:

· Having lived experience with mental illness
· Having a family member with lived experience with mental illness.
· CMHA Staff (No more than 30% of the committee is comprised of CMHA staff.)

If you are interested in learning more or volunteering for the committee, don’t hesitate to contact Tami at 250-542-3114 ext.211.

Living Life to the Full

Want to know how to feel happier, more confident and worry less right now? Would you like to learn new ways of dealing with life’s challenges?

Living Life to the Full is a fun, interactive course that will leave you with the inspiration and tools to get the most out of life!

Live happy. Be confident. Worry less. Take some time to focus on your needs, feelings and goals.

This 8-week community-based course provides simple, practical skills for coping with stress, problem solving, boosting your mood, and busting bad thoughts. Living Life to the Full certified facilitators present a new topic at each weekly class, bringing the skills to life though booklets, worksheets, group activities and discussions. Living Life to the Full teaches a range of life skills that are based on the tried and trusted CBT approach, to aim to improve wellbeing and resilience as individuals go through the journey of life.

You will learn more about YOU and how you can be and feel the very best for yourself. Course content and materials are practical and easily applied to everyday life situations.


What you learn:

  • Self confidence
  • Problem-solving
  • Stress management
  • Motivation
  • Dealing with unhelpful thoughts
  • Anger management


Living life to the full Brochure

Wellness Webinars

SMART Goal Setting

If you are feeling so overwhelmed you don’t know where to start, try the SMART method.  This webinar is an introduction to learning how to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals to help you get motivated.

Overdose Prevention

Learn to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.  Includes a demonstration of how to use a Naloxone kit.



A brief introduction to mindfulness.  Relax and enjoy some mindful moments. 


Managing Stress & Anxiety

An introduction to learning how anxiety affects us and tips on reducing stress.


Loss of Income During COVID-19

Please note: this information was presented on April 16th 2020.  Many things may have changed since this was originally recorded.  This webinar talks about different financial resources available.


In Close Quarters

Family Support Worker Jenn Millan works with the family members of people with mental illness.  In this presentation Jenn discusses the challenges of supporting family members during the pandemic and how to support others while we also take care of ourselves.


Emergency Prepared-ness

Originally designed to help prepare us for wildfire season, this presentation gives some simple things that you can do to feel prepared for household emergencies.



Wellness Grants

CMHA Wellness Grants provide an opportunity for people with lived experience with mental health problems to access activities beneficial to wellness and recovery that they would otherwise be unable to afford. This may include fitness activities, educational courses, fees for instruction, artistic pursuits or special family activities. Individuals can apply for grants up to a maximum of $200.00 per year ($400.00 for families or groups).

Please read through and fill out the application form and return to [email protected]

Wellness Grant Application

Do you need to chat?Our Crisis Chat service is available now

Picking up the phone can be challenging and uncomfortable and we get that. We encourage you to use our online Crisis Chat. Crisis Chat is available from 5pm – 9pm Thursday through Sunday. You can access Crisis Chat here.

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