FAMILIES in Lakes District

2017/18 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

Families Support Group

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

Join us on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Vanderhoof Health Clinic (multi-purpose room) from 3:30-4:30 pm.


HereToHelp Beyond the Blues Oct 2017

Heather is coordinating a Mental Health education & screening event for a Women’s Luncheon at the Cheslatta Carrier Nation Band office (Southside) on November 30, from 12 noon – 2pm.

FAMILIES is partnering with the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Cheslatta Carrier Nation. Call Heather for more information at 250-691-1132.



Kids in Control 2017

An educational support group Partnering with Carrier Sekane Family Services (CSFS) & SD91 for children ages 8 to 12 who have a parent or sibling living with a mental illness.

Wednesdays starting Oct 18, 2017, 1:15 PM at William Konkin Elementary School. 

Closed group (grade 6 & 7 classroom).

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.

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.

2017 Date & Time TBA soon Burns Lake/Fraser Lake (Autumn Centre)

Strengthening Families Together – First Nations

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

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.

Smart RECOVERY Family & Friends 2018

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

Burns Lake, Tuesdays (6:30-8:00 pm) in room #169, Lakes District Hospital (741 Centre St), Oct 3 – Dec 19. Each session is a stand-alone topic but please feel free to attend as many as possible. Free handbook provided.