FAMILIES in Lakes District

2018/19 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 (multi-purpose room) from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Lakes District 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.

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.

2018 Date & Time TBA soon Burns Lake/Fraser Lake (Autumn Centre)

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.

NEW Grassy Plains Smart RECOVERY Family & Friends: Oct 2018, Time & location TBD. 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 Woman’s group, Elizabeth Fry Society (347, Hwy #16, Burns Lake) Sept or Oct details TBD.

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.