Crisis Centre’s Director, Lynn Thorsell (far left), President, Mike Giannelli, and Executive Director, Ian Ross (far right), receive $15,000 cheque from Bell’s Associate Director of Community Investment and Community Affairs, Darcy Hausselman.
Vancouver, BC – The Crisis Centre is pleased to announce a donation of $15,000 from Bell Canada that will support its Youth Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Program. The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will help the Crisis Centre provide hope, education and training for at-risk youth through Youth Community Outreach and YouthInBC.com.
Bell Canada is dedicated to supporting mental health across Canada, funding a wide range of programs to enhance awareness, understanding and treatment of mental illness. For further information view their Corporate Responsibility Report or check out the Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative at www.bell.ca/letstalk.
Crisis Centre’s Executive Director, Ian Ross (far right), poses with Lawrence Davis’ daughter, Christina Heydenrich-Davis, as they show off the new carpet!
November 22, 2013 – The Crisis Centre was thrilled to receive a generous donation of $10,000 from Lawrence Davis and family towards the installation of new carpeting throughout the entire office space. This project was a much-needed renovation at the Crisis Centre. Colourful patchwork carpets now adorn every room, including the volunteer phone room. We would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to Lawrence Davis and his family for their generosity and ongoing support.
Are you seeking skills to help prevent suicide?
Join us for safeTALK – a half day training to increase suicide alertness.
When: December 3rd, 2013 – 8:30am – 12noon
Where: Burnaby Central Secondary School – Multipurpose Room, 6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby
- Enjoy group discussions, take part in multimedia presentations and practice in an engaging and safe environment.
- Suitable for anyone over the age of 15. The fee for this session is $40 includes refreshments and participant package.
This session is sponsored by The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia & Burnaby School District.
The Crisis Centre will again be offering ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop on November 21 & 22 (9am-5pm). Suitable for anyone in contact with individuals at potential risk for suicide, this workshop will provide participants with the skills needed to successfully intervene on behalf of those at risk.
The workshop will be facilitated by Lu Ripley and Akhila Blaise.
Please note that participation in the two complete workshop days is required.
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). On this day, the Crisis Centre will launch its 2nd annual live virtual event, an online hub for events and updates throughout the Lower Mainland. This will be open to our stakeholders and the public. This virtual event is publicized on our official Facebook page and we will also be live tweeting via @CrisisCentreBC throughout the day, connecting with our community members on a virtual platform.
This “online hub” also serves as a call to action for communities to join together and collaborate in supporting suicide prevention and to share their initiatives and ideas with us. We ask that every home, community, business and service organization take practical steps towards becoming suicide safer.
WSPD initiatives that will be posted on September 10th, 2013:
- Conferences, open day events, educational seminars or public lectures and panels;
- Articles for national, regional and community newspapers, blogs and magazines;
- Interviews and speaking spots on radio and television;
- Memorial services, events, candlelight ceremonies;
- Cultural or spiritual events, fairs or exhibitions;
- Brochures, posters and other practical information.
Pictured from left (Crisis Centre’s Executive Director, Ian Ross, Aman Sharma, and Crisis Centre’s Director of Community Education, Lu Ripley)
Crisis Centre’s 44th Annual General Meeting, May 1st, 2013, welcomed 50+ staff, Board members, volunteers, and community partners – including a heartwarming, inspiring, and powerful presentation by Volunteer Alumnus, Aman Sharma. Aman recounted his amazing journey of “Little Steps” – from the shock of his brother’s suicide, to a long battle with mental illness, depression, and psychosis, to his recovery and the path he took to give back to others through volunteering.
We welcome you to read his full story here: Little Steps
(From left) Ian Ross, Executive Director of the Crisis Centre and Joe Grech, SVP National Customer Solutions Delivery of TELUS
The Crisis Centre was thrilled to receive a generous donation of $16,500 from TELUS in May 2013. The funding from TELUS will go directly to our Youth Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Program. A big thanks to TELUS for their ongoing support over the years! Their generosity has allowed us to expand our capacity to serve a greater number of youth in our communities.
The Youth Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Program provides hope, education & training for at-risk youth. For further information about this program, particularly Youth Community Outreach and YouthInBC.com, please click on these links:
Important Notice on the Crisis Line Association of BC (CLABC) Sustainable Provincial Funding ConcernsMay 09th, 2013
Please follow this link to the official media release:
March 28th, 2013 – The Crisis Centre was honoured to receive a generous donation of $15,000 from Loyal Protestant Association in March 2013. The funding from Loyal Protestant Association will go directly to YouthInBC.com programs and services. We would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to Loyal Protestant Association for their ongoing support over the years.
In 2012, YouthInBC.com provided much-needed emotional support to 61,909 youth located in urban and rural communities across the province. This year, we are planning on expanding the capacity for an increased level of service and we could not do this without the support of our donors.
For further information about our YouthInBC.com programs and services, please visit: http://www.youthinbc.com.