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International Day for People Impacted by Suicide Loss

As we honour the International Day for People Impacted by Suicide Loss, taking place on November 19 this year, we invite folks who have lost a loved one to suicide, or who know someone who experienced this loss, to find out about the Suicide Bereavement Support services we can provide to Survivors of Suicide Loss on Vancouver Island.

Our Suicide Bereavement Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month via the Zoom platform. The purpose of our support group is to create a safe space once a month for sharing feelings of loss and grief with others who have an understanding of what it is to survive a suicide loss.

For people in need of more than a monthly bereavement group meeting, individual sessions with one of our suicide bereavement support staff over the phone, via Zoom, or in person, can be arranged.

We invite you donate so that
together we can support
our Vancouver Island communities

Please help us continue Helping People Find Their Way and donate to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society. Thank you. ❤

We are looking for a
Crisis Line Services Manager

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society is lookin for a Crisis Line Services Manager

Primary responsibilities include:

  • administration of Crisis Services Operations;
  • supervision and support of Crisis Services supervisory staff, who address staffing, scheduling, training, and quality assurance;
  • engaging with Mental Health Crisis Services representatives, other Crisis Services agencies, community partners, technology specialists, and provincial and national committees, as they relate to our Crisis Line, Crisis Text, and Crisis Chat services.

Please see the comprehensive job description for the Crisis Line Services Manager. Thank you.

For the Odd Fellows, "FUN" is part of "FUNdraising!"

The folks who are part of Odd Fellows - Columbia #2 Victoria BC know how to have fun. They demonstrate this in part by presenting an annual Disc Golf Jamboree. The wildly successful and highly enjoyable sixth tournament was held once again at Mary's Farm in Victoria, on Saturday, June 11, 2022. We are honoured and humbled that this event was also an opportunity to raise funds once again for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society. Our heartfelt thanks to the donors and the dedicated organizing committee for the 6th annual Disc Golf Jamboree: Dave Pettenuzzo, Stuart Brown, Tara Zajac, Kevin Stephens, Alex Austin, Andy Bernhart, and Ron Kerr. ❤

At the Disc Golf 2022 tournament, Stuart, Dave, Tara, and Alex stood with the Crisis Society's Executive Director, Elizabeth Newcombe (centre), who spoke about how the Disc Golf tournaments' generous donors have helped the Crisis Society support our Vancouver Island communities.

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Become a member of our Board of Directors!

We endeavour to add one more enthusiastic, engaged citizen to our Board of Directors.
We invite you to apply to join our Board and become part of our dedicated and eclectic team, which has supported our Vancouver Island communities for more than 52 years.
Read about our Mission, the Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members, and apply online.

988 Support Number comes to Canada

The Vancouver Island Crisis Society, which is part of the BC Crisis Line Network, is pleased to help spread the word about the three-digit number: 988. Beginning in November 2023, dialling 988 will help folks throughout Canada access the mental health support and suicide prevention services they seek. In the interim, crisis and distress line centres will continue to support Canadians through their existing phone numbers. The Vancouver Island Crisis Line continues to be available 24/7, by dialling 1-888-494-3888.

For more information, view this CBC Vancouver News broadcast, which includes an interview with Stacy Ashton from Vancouver's BC Crisis Centre, (starting at 33:40).

Thank you to the team members
at the
Vancouver Island
stations of Pattison Media

Pattison Media 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 Pattison Media. Lives are saved because of these important messages being broadcast to our communities.❤️

Promotion of the Vancouver Island Crisis Line
and our volunteering opportunity on
The Wolf 106.9 FM   The WAVE 102.3 FM
The Lounge 99.9 FM   The Beach 88.5 FM
The Peak 93.3 FM   The Eagle 97.3 FM
100.3 The Q!   The Zone@91.3

Our TV commercial addresses our Crisis Line, Chat, and Text services.