FAMILIES in Lakes District

2019 Programs

Staff person Heather Megchelsen, BA Educator at FAMILIES
Heather Megchelsen, BA Educator

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Welcome to programs and services in Omineca – Lakes District, B.C.

Sign up for one or more programs or one-to-one support for individuals or family support. I am always open to starting an additional support group or program in any area within the district expressing interest.

Contact Heather at 250-691-1132 or lakesdistrict@bcss.org


Burns Lake Program starting in Oct. TBD @ the Southside Health & Wellness Centre (27920 Wellness Way).

Call Heather 250-691-1132 or Aileen Serle, 250-694-3270 for more details.

In the Know Webinar for Parents; Social Skills Support for Children Living with Mental Illnesses March 14, 12 noon - 1 pm @ Room 169, Lakes District Hospital, Burns Lake. Please call Heather @ 250-691-1132 for more information.

Family Support Groups

Monthly meeting that is confidential, encouraging and helpful. Discover potential options — you are not alone!

Vanderhoof Family Support Group: Join us on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Vanderhoof Health Clinic (Room 3299 Hospital Rd) from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Burns Lake Family Support Group: Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Hospital (#169-741 Centre Street, Burns Lake), from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Fraser Lake Support Group: Call Heather at 250-691-1132 or email lakes district@bcss.org

L.isten E.mphathize, A.gree, P.artner (LEAP)

LEAP teaches us a set of evidence-based practices to help individuals affected by mental illness that are experiencing denial or poor insight (anosognosia), become fully engaged and adhere to recommended treatment.

Call Heather at 250-691-1132 or email lakes district@bcss.org for more details

Puppet Plays/Presentations

Call Heather Megchelsen in Public Education School District #91 to book:

Presentation on Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder to help grade10 C.A.P.P. classes.

“What are Friends For?” is a puppet play that describes mental illness as a physical illness of the brain and explains how to help for grades 4 to 6.

“Hey there’s Hope and Help!” is also PUPPET TALK about mental illness appropriate for grades 1 to 3.

Smart RECOVERY Family Support Group

Are you a family member or friend of someone with an addiction? Help yourself and help your loved one. The SMART Recovery Family Support Group is a science-based, secular alternative or supplement to Al-Anon.

BURNS LAKE SMART RECOVERY Family & Friends: Elizabeth Fry, 347 Hwy#16, starting Jan 16/19. Call Heather 250-691-1132 or Aileen Serle, 250-694-3270 for more details.

Strengthening Families Together

A community & families supportive education program on mental illnesses and how to help for more understanding, strength and hope. SFT is open to all people who want support, awareness and new tools. Heather is looking forward to sharing this program in your community! 

Burns Lake Strengthening Families Together at the College of New Caledonia, 545 Hwy #16, starting Jan 22. Please contact Jenny Pirie (250-692-1700) or CNC website (under Continuing Education) to register for this free course.

Strengthening Families Together For education and support to families who have a loved one with a mental illness. Once a week for 10 consecutive weeks families meet for two hours to learn positive coping strategies. Courses available 2017/18 in Prince George, Quesnel and Lakes District.