fundraising – why we do it
Vancouver Island Mental Health Society provides a number of greatly needed services to people in our community experiencing mental health issues. Our work powerfully impacts not only the people we work with directly, but also their families and the larger community as a whole. This is why we ask you to remember us with a charitable gift in support of our important work throughout the year. Any amount you can share will be greatly appreciated and put to good use right here at home.
Take a moment to read the personal story of one of our residents to better understand the impact our organization has on peoples lives.
Please, give generously and support your community.
A few years ago I was addicted, homeless, and living on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with an undiagnosed mental illness. Today, I have a part time job and I am looking forward to moving into my own apartment in the New Year. My journey of healing and recovery has not been easy, but, with the support of VIMHS, I am putting my life back together.
I grew up, like any other kid, in a middle class home in Vancouver, B.C. By all accounts I had a normal childhood. Things started to go downhill for me in my teens. I was depressed and I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. By the time I was 18 years old I was addicted to cocaine and heroin and in my first treatment centre. read more