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Mixing It Up for Mental Health

The health and safety of our community members is the most important priority for CMHA Vernon in all we do.

That is why we are cancelling this year’s Mixing it Up for Mental Health event.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time for us all.

See you in 2022!

Keep well and stay safe!

Check out our video of the Mixing it Up for Mental Health 2019 event!

Ride Don’t Hide

Ride Don’t Hide is an annual community bike ride which raises funds to support local youth and families, while promoting important aspects of mental health including physical activity, social connection and awareness of community supports.

We believe in empowering individuals, groups, and communities in self-determination to enhance their mental health. CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

Each year, 1.6 million Canadians report unmet mental health care needs, and the demand for services has and will continue to increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mental health effects, including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance use, will last long after the pandemic has subsided.

CMHA Vernon actively works to promote mentally healthy people in a healthy society. CMHA Vernon offers a variety of programs and services to the Vernon community, from work experience to supported pre-employment programs such as preparing and serving food to working in a clothing retail environment. Education and support sessions allow participants to learn life skills, wellness management and raise awareness of mental illness. A range of socialization and recreation programs further support wellness. CMHA Vernon’s diverse housing program includes residential facilities to subsidized housing.

Your Support Changes and Saves Lives!

Your gift is so incredibly important in helping reach a community desperately needing support.  Every day we see how powerful it is for individuals who have been marginalized throughout their lives to become part of a strong, resilient, supportive community. Because of your contribution, we are able to continue changing and saving lives of people with lived experiences of mental illness, as well as families and friends who assist them.After a year plus of pandemic, so many are burnt out and exhausted. We faced third waves and variants, vaccination wait times, ongoing economic insecurity. The last thing most people wanted was one more thing to add to the to do list.

We didn’t know what to expect, to be honest. But you blew us away. Ride Don’t Hide 2021 saw unprecedented levels of support. Your commitment to ride and not hide, your commitment to ride your way for your own mental health, your commitment to raise funds in your own community to ensure that no one has to ride alone—you are beyond inspirational. We want you to know how deeply we appreciate your stand on mental health and your participation in Ride Don’t Hide.

YOU have raised $19,670. A huge thank you to all our participants, teams, and supporters for raising funds for such a meaningful cause in the community.

 

18th Annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show

You are invited to join us September 10th- 27th, 2021

Vernon Community Arts Centre  2704A HWY 6, Vernon, B.C.

Art-whether you choose to create it yourself or observe and enjoy it – it is a relaxing and inspiring activity for many people. However, the particular benefits of artistic expression go much further than relaxation and enjoyment. For artists with lived experience with mental illness to showcase their work is a significant opportunity to educate the public about the lives, creativity, and abilities of individuals in our community who are affected by this often-stigmatized illness.

When people think about mental health, most people think of the term as negative. We want to shine a more positive light on these issues. We want to spark positive conversations around mental health. This art show gives artists a safe way to sort uncomfortable feelings that can manifest themselves in symptoms of anxiety, depression, distress, grief or pain. Making art can be a very personal, expressive, and empowering experience. Art provides an outlet when words fail. We hope this encourages our community to start the conversation about mental health, for those who need support gain the courage to reach out for help.

“To put art out into the world, on display, takes courage. Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale is a yearly event hosted by CMHA Vernon, designed to celebrate the creative talents of courageous artists living with mental illness.  A local artist created this video to highlight the effort and perseverance of artists featured yearly in this event. CMHA is dedicated to reducing the stigma within our community that affects people who live with mental illness. This show is a place for each artist to sell art and speak to one another proudly and the community about the challenges that are a part of everyday life affecting those living with mental illness. Please take a moment to enjoy this small art film in recognition of the special gift that art can be in any life.”

Join us in celebrating the creative talents of people living with mental illness.

You can view and/or purchase the pieces online; however we strongly encourage you visit in person. You will be amazed by how each artist expresses themselves so originally with delicate details and use of colour.

The Vernon Community Arts Centre hours:  Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday & Stat Holidays Closed.

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