September 20, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Swallowed by the System: Identifying Barriers to Mental Health Care
About the Session:
CMHA’s Peer Navigator program in Vancouver has produced two annuals report on the barriers to service in the mental health and related systems. The reports are informed by survey results and interactions between Peer Navigators and program participants. The reports identify barriers in the domains of Housing, Access to Services, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Systemic. The barriers provide an illustration of the complexity and magnitude of the challenges individuals confront when trying to navigate Vancouver’s mental health system. The barriers do not occur in isolation; each barrier interacts with others, resulting in a cumulative impact on the individuals we serve, and in our community. Although people experience an overwhelming number of barriers in trying to access care, there is hope. A panel of Peer Navigators will be presenting the findings from the Barrier Reports produced in 2016 and 2017, the changes in the barriers and will offer possible solutions.
Jill Aalhus is a Peer Navigator with CMHA and a Peer Researcher with the Imagining Inclusion project. She enjoys drawing from her personal experiences with mental health issues to build supportive relationships with peers. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is particularly interested in social justice and issues related to gender and sexuality.
Tracey Brezovski works as a Peer Navigator at CMHA. She has over 23 years of experience working in community outreach with diverse populations, including those with mental health and addictions concerns. Her desire for connection is rooted in her Metis culture and her love of learning. Tracey is currently a candidate for a Masters in Leadership at Royal Roads University.
Mimi Rennie has worked in the mental health field nearly 20 years and is currently with CMHA, Vancouver-Fraser Branch as the Peer Services Program Manager. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Alberta and furthered her education at Douglas College in Therapeutic Recreation. She has also completed her Masters in Leadership at Royal Roads University. She loves seeing the possibilities in the impossible.
About the Session:
Can one use creative techniques to cope with voice hearing? Can one use creativity and the Arts to heal oneself? Krista will demonstrate through the example of her life. Her presentation will weave her experiences as a Peer Support worker, Writer, and person with lived experience of mental illness. She will give her story and present some writing exercises as coping skills.
Krista Sole works as a Peer Support Worker and has held this position for fifteen years. She also is a writer who writes newspaper reviews, poetry and screenplays. This year she conducted writing groups at two clubhouses in the Greater Vancouver area where she resides.