News and Upcoming Events

An Important Update about
BC's Two Biggest Health Crises

The interrelated outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid crisis, as reported by UGM.

CIST returns via Zoom
on November 9 and 10, 2020

Whether you are an individual or a group of front line workers, our next Crisis Intervention Skills Training workshop – via Zoom – is for you. Our last presentation of CIST in 2020 (quite the year) takes place on November 9 and 10. Very convenient for you to take part in this popular two-day learning experience via the Zoom platform. It's all about a strengths-based approach to the communication, assessment, and suicide response skills essential for crisis intervention. Your participation culminates in your receiving the esteemed CIST certificate, recognized by employers in the helping professions throughout Vancouver Island. Find out more about Crisis Intervention Skills Training, developed by the Vancouver Island Crisis Society,

Our New Two-Tiered
Suicide Bereavement Support Services

We have launched Suicide Bereavement Support Services to all residents of Vancouver Island as we honour World Suicide Prevention Month in September 2020. Complete details about the flexible services, which allow for group and one-on-one support, are found in our new Suicide Bereavement Support page.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Odd Fellows from Victoria once again.

Everyone enjoyed themselves once again at the annual Disc Golf tournament, presented at Mary's Therapeutic Farm in Victoria – this year, of course, in a socially distanced way. Emily Post (left), Community Awareness Coordinator, and Elizabeth Newcombe, Executive Director, joined organizers Alex Austin (left) and Dave Pettenuzo to thank them for their very generous donations resulting from a lot of dedicated, hard work on their part so that the Crisis Society could continue (as per our motto) "Helping People Find Their Way." We warmly thank all the contributors and the members of Odd Fellows Columbia Lodge 2 in Victoria for their ongoing and engaged support of our agency! ❤️

 

The Odd Fellows also helped increase awareness of our School-Based Programs, resulting in a fundraising effort that led to our receiving an amazing donation by CIBC employees who generously contributed a portion of their wages to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society through the CIBC Children's Foundation. We note and appreciate the dedication of this special fundraising campaign's organizers as well. CIBC Children's Foundation's donation will help our three programs thrive in the coming years as we continue to empower children and youth in schools and online. ❤️

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Our COPE Program Description
video is live!

Find out more about our new online version of COPE!

We're excited to announce that Haahuupayak Elementary School in Port Alberni is participating in our pilot program for this version of COPE.

A Fund Raising Charity Helps
the Vancouver Island Crisis Society

PayPal Giving Fund Canada is another source of organized fund raising that has distributed donations to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society. It has been doing so, on a regular basis, since early 2019. We would like to thank the Giving Fund for administering these donations and those who have generously donated to help us provide our Crisis Services, Community Education, and School Programs to our communities. ❤️

The latest PSA from Island Radio!

We have added images to this informative commercial about the Vancouver Island Crisis Line, which also mentions our 50th anniversary:

Thank you to the team members at Island Radio
for all their support and help! ❤️

These folks have also kindly helped us promote
upcoming Crisis Line Volunteer training sessions.

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is all about community and is dedicated to making their radio stations the voices of the cities they serve. Their philosophy is simple: Local, Local, Local. By working with organizations like ours, they further their mandate in a very relevant way. The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is grateful for the continued support provided by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Lives are saved because of this important message being broadcast to our communities.

And here's our TV commercial!