Over the past few years, the Crisis Centre of BC has had to respond to increased mental health crisis calls and demand for training programs. The high demand is connected to the many issues British Columbians are grappling with: dealing with change and uncertainty, shifting work demands, increased isolation and anxiety, financial stresses, natural disasters, international conflicts, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Crisis Centre is proud to announce the launch of online, on-demand Resilience & Wellness Training Modules. This new program teaches users evidence-based mindfulness tools for building resilience, managing stress, preventing burnout, and supporting their well-being.
“Communities need help. People are struggling to get by, and caregivers are at high risk for compassion fatigue and burnout,” said Lu Ripley, Director of Community Learning & Engagement. The Centre’s clients frequently report needing self-compassion, not knowing how to navigate overwhelming feelings, and wanting to increase their wellbeing. The Centre’s Community Learning & Engagement team recognized that people need tools and resources to be able to take care of themselves and cope with life’s stresses: “We created the program because we want to make sure everyone has the mental health tools they need to support themselves and their communities,” says Ripley.
The Resilience & Wellness Training Modules program is available on-demand, is easy to access and offers practical skills which build on each other. There is no need for a referral and no need to attend a heavily structured program. And it is available whenever and wherever people need it, which means that people in areas of BC where mental health programs aren’t widely available will be able to access a helpful and affordable resource easily.
The program is the newest addition to the roster of educational resources and training offered at the Centre. These programs exist because the Centre is not only focused on de-escalating crisis situations, but also on preventing them from happening in the first place.
“We are excited to be able to offer this practical, timely, and relevant resource and to have the opportunity to connect with people all across British Columbia,” said Ripley. The program is well suited for any level of experience with mindfulness. It is ideal for individuals interested in learning new life skills to support mental health and well-being through a flexible, accessible online learning format. The Resilience & Wellness Training Modules program will be an important piece to ensuring comprehensive support for all British Columbians.
Information about the program can be found here.
Go to crisis-centre-bc.thinkific.com/collections to sign up.
Testimonial from a program user:
“A heartfelt THANK YOU for these workshops! These helpful sessions have been such a special time of meaningful and lasting learning for me! I believe in the ripple effect of our efforts to build wellness and peace, as these benefit not only ourselves, but those around us–before, during, and after work. I find that mindfulness–in its very doable and practical applications for awareness in the present moment, compassion, gratitude, and self-care–has added a deeply valuable dimension to my journey of personal growth. Thank you again for such a worthwhile series of sessions!”
– Cynthia Mendoza, Vancouver School Board Senior LINKS Teacher
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out:
- Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 (no area code required)
- Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433