Mental Health Recovery Partners – South Island
Hope and support for all
How We Help
Mental Health Recovery Partners South Island provides programs and services for people with mental illness, with or without substance use, regardless of their diagnosis. We also offer a variety of services for family members and friends supporting their loved ones. We do this by offering a range of options including 1:1 peer support, group support, individual and family counselling, education, advocacy and policy development. Sometimes people do not have a diagnosis but are behaving in a way that leads others to believe that they have a mental illness. We can assist in this situation with support, information, navigation and strategies to connect with resources. We believe in hope and support for all. We are centrally located in Quadra Village and are open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.
2nd Monday of every month from 11am-12:30pm
This new facilitated art group is for members of the mental health and substance use community to find support for their wellness using their creative expression. Art skills are not required but rather the ability to know and express yourself through various media such as pencil, ink and paint. Through individual and group work, participants will find opportunities to express themselves and may find some peace of mind and positive emotions that come while creating art. Registration is not required. This drop-in group meets once a month on the 2nd Monday of every month from 11:00am to 12:30pm.
Monday, July 10th, 2023 will be the first meeting of the new Creative Mondays group.
Hope and Recovery Support Group
Mondays In-Person 2:00-3:30pm
Wednesdays Online 2:00-3:30pm
This group is for people with lived and living experience of mental illness. This is a safe space where people share their experiences, wisdom and hope to support each other with their mental health recovery. This drop-in group is peer facilitated and meets in-person every Monday from 2:00pm-3:30pm at MHRP, 941 Kings Rd. and online every Wednesday from 2:00pm-3:30pm on Zoom.
Click the button below to go to the Zoom meeting.
Family and Friends Support Group
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 5:00-6:30 pm
This in-person group is for the family members or friends of a loved one experiencing mental health concerns.
This is a friendly drop-in group facilitated by an experienced family member and registration is not required. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5pm-6:30pm at MHRP, 941 Kings Rd.
Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Group
Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:00pm-6:30pm
This in-person group is for family members of an individual experiencing early psychosis. It runs in collaboration with the Island Health EPI Program and is facilitated by an Island Health clinician and a facilitator from our team.
This is a drop-in group and registration is not required. We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5pm-6:30pm at MHRP, 941 Kings Rd.
1:1 Support for Family Members and Loved Ones (New Pilot Program!)
This new program is an extension of our services for family members and loved ones of people experiencing mental illness or mental health challenges, with or without substance use in the Saanich Peninsula. This expansion will offer a comfortable, quiet, and safe space to explore problem solving, receive emotional support and to and learn about mental illness. A mental health worker is available to walk shoulder to shoulder with families on their recovery journey.
Individual sessions will be available on Sundays this fall at Fünketown, 101-7161 West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay. Call 250-384-4225 or email [email protected] to book an appointment or find out more.
Men’s Social Circle
This new monthly drop-in group is for male-identified individuals. This is social safe space to enjoy friendly conversation and discuss a wide variety of topics including men’s mental health and related interests. This group is peer-facilitated and meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 4:30pm to 6pm at the MHRP SI offices at 941 Kings Rd. Registration is not required.
Drop-In Peer Support (DIPS)
We are pleased to announce that starting Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, we will be offering Drop-In Peer Support. This program provides emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience. Drop-In Peer Support is a warm and welcoming space to find connection, coffee, tea, a snack, and resources. It is open to anyone regardless of diagnosis, with or without substance use. This drop-in group is peer facilitated and meets every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm at MHRP, 941 Kings Rd.
In-Person Hope and Recovery Support Group
We are pleased to announce that starting January 16th, 2023, we will once again be offering our in-person Hope and Recovery drop-in support group for people with lived and living experience of mental illness. This is a safe space where people share their experiences, wisdom and hope to support each other with their mental health recovery. This drop-in group is peer facilitated and meets every Monday from 2:00pm-3:30pm at MHRP, 941 Kings Rd. Registration is not required. Hope to see you there!
PRISM (People Respecting Intersectionality and Sexuality in Mental Health) is an open and welcoming support and connection-based group addressing the stigma associated with mental health challenges in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The group is facilitated and developed by individuals that identify as 2SLGBTQIA+. PRISM is a drop-in group (no registration necessary) and takes place every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm-7:00pm in person at MHRP.
Coming up on November 11th, 2023:
A Night of White for Mental Health
After a small COVID delay, First Impressions will be hosting the second annual “A Night of White” featuring an all white dress code, cocktail reception, and a 3-course dinner along with a silent auction, followed by live entertainment and a dance. 100% of all proceeds from this event will be going to mental health initiatives in the Greater Victoria Region, specifically Mental Health Recovery Partners South Vancouver Island (formerly known as the BC Schizophrenia Society), a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to people affected by mental illness.
Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities are still available…
Find out how to purchase tickets, or to become an event sponsor or donor at this link: https://firstimpress.ca/a-night-of-white-2023
May 24th is Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness Day
Approximately 3% of people will experience psychosis at some point in their life. 1 in every 100 people will be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Awareness and understanding are key to providing support for those living with psychosis and schizophrenia.
In honour of Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness Day, May 24th, the Schizophrenia Society of Canada invites the public to view the short film ‘Follow My Brain’: https://www.followmybrain.com/film, which shares Cam Webster’s story from the onset through to recovery from Schizoaffective disorder.
Mental Health Recovery Partners South Island (MHRP SI) provides free and accessible services for individuals and families with mental health concerns, including an Early Psychosis Intervention Group for family members of individuals experiencing early Psychosis, every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5pm-6:30pm at 941 Kings Road.
Click here for more information about MHRP SI programs and services.