Monday, 8 March 2010

New Book: "Not Guilty But Not Free" by Zerom Seyoum

A New Book by 'Write From The Heart' Graduate

Zerom Seyoum:

Not Guilty But Not Free

An insight into mental illness from 20 years of personal struggles in and out of a psychiatric hospital.

price: $17.50
purchase from author:
phone: 604-565-5515
cell: 604-828-8130 

March 12 - Funny in the Head and Fado

...the opening performance of the Kickstart Festival 2010!

She Laughed, She Cried
Friday, March 12  8pm

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
6265 Crescent Road

She Laughed, She Cried is an evening of fado and comedy that will move you
from tears to riotous laughter! The evening features two extraordinary and
very different artists who share a common ability to touch your heart.

Fado singer Sara Marreiros and her band open the evening. Dark and brooding or
gloriously ethereal, Sara's sultry, sexy vocals are steeped in the passion of
saudade - the feeling of yearning that is part of the Portuguese soul.

Funny in the Head, a one-woman show by comedian, storyteller, writer and
mental health activist Jan Derbyshire. The show is the rollicking story of a
bipolar comedian's fight to stay funny. She ultimately finds an answer to the
pressing question, "Is appearing normal a mental health act?"

Tickets: $22 ($16 students, seniors & fixed income) plus charges

Directions, Parking, Transit, Ticket Sales, and Accessibility at the Chan Centre:


Kickstart Festival 2010 March 8 – 27
Art exhibitions, dance, music, theatre, workshops


Coming up next:

EarSighted Audio Description of a performance of SPINE, March 16 8pm


Meg Torwl

Community Outreach Coordinator
Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

Open House, Community Link Program - March 23, 2010, 3 - 5 PM

You are invited to an Open House for the Community Link Program (CLP), a psychosocial rehabilitation program for people who have a serious mental illness living in Vancouver. Come and talk to our staff about the suitability of this program for yourself, a family member, or your client.
Hosted in our temporary space at:
      207–2250 Commercial Dr
           Ph: 604-435-5677
Schedule of events
3:00pm  Open House Begins
3:30pm  15 minute Presentation on CLP     
4:15pm  Repeat of Presentation
5:00pm  Open House Ends
       Refreshments Provided!
       RSVPs appreciated to:
                 by March 19
         Everyone welcome!
Deborah Simpson
Acting Coordinator
Community Link Program
207-2250 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
V5N 5P9
Tel: 604-435-5677
Fax: 604-435-5694

Volunteers in Partnership needs volunteers




Would you like an opportunity to:

            • Work 1-1 with adults experiencing a mental illness?
• Help someone achieve their individually set goals?
            • Learn about the mental health system?

The Volunteers in Partnership Program is looking for adult volunteers who can offer 2-4 hours per week to adults in the Vancouver area who are experiencing a mental illness. Volunteers assist participants with improving their skills, increasing their independence and exploring new activities.

Volunteers and participants are asked to commit to their partnership for a minimum of six months.

This is an opportunity to volunteer off-site in the community with support and guidance from the program coordinator.

For more information on this volunteer program please contact:

Volunteers in Partnership Program
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch
175 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P4

Coordinator: Katy Vinson
Phone: 604-872-4902 ext 290

BrainStorm Poetry contest for consumers!

Eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest

ImageEnter the storm and speak your mind:
NISA’s eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest opens Jan. 4, 2010

The Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) is pleased to announce its eighth annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest, which runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010 and is open to poets worldwide.

The annual contest is an effective way for NISA to showcase the work of its readers and other mental health consumers. This year, NISA hopes to receive more submissions from poets outside North America, in order to raise awareness and to educate the public on the realities of mental health in different geographic regions. Subject matter is entirely open and needn’t focus on one’s struggle with mental health; however, the BrainStorm contest is open exclusively to consumers and survivors of mental health services.

The contest is intended as a fundraiser for NISA’s literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way of supporting consumers and survivors of mental health services by awarding prizes to the top three winners. Learn more about contest regulations and download entry forms here. Inquiries may be directed to Dinah Laprairie at openminds@nisa.on.caThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286.