In 2014, the Crisis Centre connected with over 127,000 individuals through our Community Education and Distress Services programs.
Some highlights of the year include:
• Major improvements in our technology infrastructure including new firewalls, offsite data storage and battery backups to ensure uninterrupted 24/7 service;
• Better ways to utilize our resources to meet the growth of requests from our community while managing mobile compliance and limiting our calls and chats to individuals from BC & Yukon;
• Launching a new Multi‑Session Mindfulness Program for high school students; and
• Increasing the capacity of over 1,000 service providers and community members to recognize and respond to crisis and suicide in their community through training programs such as ASIST and safeTALK.
View the 2014 Annual Report on our Publications page.]]>
Half marathon and 5K race participants can choose to fundraise for a charity while they are training and will receive a 5% discount on their race registration. Start the registration process at the Scotiabank Half Marathon and 5K website and choose “Register to Run the Charity Challenge”. You can select the Crisis Centre from the drop-down menu and complete the registration process.
The Running Room has some great tips for running!
If you have any questions, please email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
suicideTALK is a 90-minute session that invites interested community members to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community.
FREE suicideTALK training on World Suicide Prevention Day 2014!
7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Peter Kaye Room at Vancouver Public Library
safeTALK is a 3 hour training in ‘suicide alertness’ that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.
Upcoming safeTALK trainings:
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a 2 day course for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Certificate provided.
Upcoming ASIST trainings:
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Crisis Centre
For further details on all upcoming training opportunities, please visit: www.crisiscentre.bc.ca/training]]>
Jodi is a Chartered Accountant in the U.S. and Cross Border Taxation Services practice of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG. Prior to obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation, Jodi completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business at the University of Victoria. Jodi has volunteered with a number of not-for-profit organizations, including work in Victoria, Nova Scotia, Uganda and Egypt. In addition, she has worked with several not-for-profit clients at KPMG. Jodi’s accounting and analytical skills, together with her knowledge of not for profit operations, are an asset to the Centre. Jodi’s other interests include dance, hiking and Celtic fiddle.
Jodi joined the Board of Directors in 2006 as Secretary and evolved into the the Secretary Treasurer for the Crisis Centre since 2010, a position Jodi has held for the past 4 years. Jodi helped ensure the Crisis Centre operated with balanced budgets each year.
Please join us in thanking Jodi for her continued leadership and support of the Crisis Centre, as well as welcoming her to the President’s role through to May 2016!]]>
This publication showcases the amazing results of the 2013 calendar year, including stories from volunteers and clients, an overall view of the organization’s audited financial statements, a listing of our generous donors and supporters and a summary of the number of individuals impacted from our services.
You can view the 2013 Annual Report from our Publications section.]]>
Not only do volunteers donate 100% of their time, they undergo vigorous training programs to ensure the services we provide are of the highest caliber. They start every shift with warm hearts and big smiles, ready to support British Columbians through a time of emotional distress or educate youth and community members on mental wellness.
In 2013, our volunteers donated more than 64,000 hours, an approximate donated value of $1.2 million. It is safe to say, without the support of our incredible volunteers, we would not have the resources to provide a 24-hour service, 365 days of the year. THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers! We look forward to celebrating your successes at our Volunteer Appreciation Night later this month.]]>
The day was highlighted by thoughtful speakers, including Kevin Breel, Victoria native and TEDxYOUTH 2013 speaker; Wes Rypien, brother to Rick Rypien, the hockey player who tragically took his own life in 2011, and Kevin Bieksa, hockey player and close friend of Rick Rypien. Musical performers, youth panels, and health care professionals also took the stage to engage in a collective conversation aimed at de-stigmatizing and educating about depression, substance abuse issues, and mental illness.
The Crisis Centre was in full force at the event, engaging with the students and providing “supportive listeners” to those young people who wanted to reach out and chat with someone if they had something on their mind. It was a great opportunity to speak with the young people that our services are created for, as well as be involved in the ever-important dialogue focusing on the mindfulness of British Columbia youth.
Pictured Above: Cindy, Heather, Michael, Brea, and Lindsay
A few of our “Supportive Listener” volunteers, thank you for being there!
The Crisis Centre is honoured to be the recipient of $5,330 from the Memory Remains Fundraiser – an event organized by Kylee and Jeff Lapierre (pictured in above photo with their son and Crisis Centre’s Executive Director, Ian Ross). With approximately 250+ people in attendance, along with Canucks’ Dale Weise, the evening was a great success.
Kylee and Jeff Lapierre have been organizing this fundraiser for a few years now to honour their late brother/brother-in-law, Trevor, who died by suicide. Kylee and Jeff talked about the importance of suicide awareness and prevention in the community – and how the Crisis Centre’s programs and services are a lifeline for people in distress. Our own Crisis Centre volunteers, Aman Sharma (past Community Education Volunteer) and Kim Sumpter (current Community Education Volunteer) also shared their inspiring stories from the frontline.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the Crisis Centre’s Youth Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Program, which empowers young people with the skills and tools to help themselves, and their peers, to cope with stress and deal with crisis.
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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.]]>