Recognizing and Responding to Mental Distress

Vancouver Island Crisis Society - Recognizing and Responding to Mental Distress


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This three-hour program emphasizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed, approach to mental health. It is for anyone interested in acquiring an understanding of mental illness and the skills to deescalate someone experiencing a mental health crisis in order to help them.

Participants will learn:

  • About the mental health spectrum
  • What mental illness is and how it affects the people we work with
  • The effects of trauma on our mental health
  • How to shift focus from an at-risk to an at-promise perspective
  • The neurophysiology of empathy
  • How to effectively use non-violent communication
  • About community resources in their area

If you are interested in having us present Recognizing and Responding to Mental Distress, please contact us at 250-753-2495, toll free at 1-877-753-2495, or via email at Please include preferred dates and an estimate of how many attendees from your agency or business would participate. Thank you.

Please note that this customizable, three-hour workshop can be facilitated on our premises, at your location, or in a virtual environment.


Fee: $1000; Fee for nonprofit agencies: $750
Maximum Number of Participants: 24; Mininum: 8


When registering for a VICS Community Education workshop, you help to financially support our Crisis Chat and Crisis Text services.

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