The following is a reflection shared by Bernice Rahm, a participant in summits held in April by the Salt Spring Mental Wellness Initiative (MWI). The MWI has held six summits since January of 2022 focusing on growing Peer Support and Volunteer Counselling on Salt Spring. What would it mean to you to be included? To have your voice heard? To have your lived experience valued and acknowledged alongside the opinions of professionals? To be included regardless of capacity, qualification or degree - just honoured for your willingness to give your energy and voice in authenticity? This is a little of what it felt like to participate in the recent Mental Wellness Initiative Summit. What I experienced was the purposeful commitment to using a "Culture of Care" - something that, at our core, we all crave - and from our cultural conditioning and family history, few have experienced. In participation with the 26 people who attended I experienced active encouragement and an invitat…Read more about Mental Wellness - "Culture of Care" - What would it mean to you to be included? To have your voice heard?
Mental Wellness Initiative
Salt Spring Health Advancement Network launches new Mental Wellness Initiative
The community health network on Salt Spring, the Salt Spring Health Advancement Network (SSHAN), began eight and a half years ago as a doctor recruitment committee. It was soon realized that issues related to the recruitment of doctors were closely connected to issues related to community health. Over time the committee evolved into a community health network, with two main focus areas of concern - seniors and mental health. Since Salt Spring is a retirement community, seniors are a primary focus. Mental health is another focus because it is the most common health issue in our community. In 2019, the Salt Spring Community Health Society conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment survey. Results identified mental as health as the most prevalent issue faced by community members. Non-emergency mental health services have long wait times or are unavailable to half of the people who seek them. 39% of respondents say emergency mental health services are unavailable certain hour…Read more about Salt Spring Health Advancement Network launches new Mental Wellness Initiative