Comprehensive data base of Vancouver Island community resources (VI crisis line)

Addictions, Alcohol, Drug & Behavioural Addictions

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ADD & ADHD

  • NewIdeas - Information library on ADD & AD with HD
  • ADD - From people with AD/HD, support, hope, resources, articles, fact sheets, newsletter, conferences mindfulness workshops
  • CHADD - Children & adults with AD/HD. Community network & support, links, and info
  • Helpguide - Add / Adhd - Topics include impacts, strategies, parenting & more

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Advocacy / Self-Advocacy

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Anxiety / Stress - see also Mindfulness Meditations & Health

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Affirmation - see Inspirational

Assertiveness

  • Assert Yourself - 10 training modules on assertiveness from the Centre for Clinical Interventions in Australia

Assistive Technology

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  • Brene Brown - short youtube video on what blame really is

Cancer

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Career Exploration, Life & Education planning

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Communication

  • Center for Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg - many resources that focus on teaching compassionate communication & understanding
  • Streetgiraffe - Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication; many resources on empathy, getting needs met, how to communicate, trainings, videos
  • Effective communication - Help Guide - tips & strategies to improve communication. related articles and helpful readings as well

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Cowichan Valley / Duncan

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Depression

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Disordered Eating: Resources in British Columbia

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Disordered Eating: Body Image, Information & Resources

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Diversity (see also Racial Reconciliation)

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Domestic Violence (also see Sexual Violence Prevention & Sexual Violence Recovery & Resources)

  • Ending Violence - Provincial association to developing programs in communities in addressing violence. Many resources and information
  • Let's get consensual - Great video from UVIC on what consent is, & what it is not with some statements on sexual violence

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Education - resources promoting mindfulness in education

Emotions

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Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid - VIU, scholarships, bursaries, awards, loans information
  • Student Aid BC - this is where you apply for loans, one stop application for canada student loans, bc loans, disability grants

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Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgendered, 2 Spirit & Non-conforming people

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Grief & Loss

  • Bereavement Helpline - connects you with resources for grieving in British Columbia
  • Grief - useful information, lists of books, description of 5 stages of grief, how and how not to support someone
  • Shauna Janz - booklet on healing conversations to help someone who is grieving, plus a list of books and resources
  • Learning through Loss - grief education & support for youth
  • BC Victims of Homicide - Offers groups, materials, videos, recommended reading, training & links
  • Cowichan Hospice - support, info, companionship, library, video's, non-denominational spiritual care, palliative care Nanaimo Hospice - support, info, library, specific to teens, children, adults & elders, outreach, palliative care, some free counselling Oceanside Hospice - in Qualicum, serves surrounding area including Parksville Port Alberni Hospice - palliative support, library, spiritual care, counselling, support groups
  • Capacitar - International network promoting healing through energy based modalities like acupressure, hand massage & more
  • Mourner Bill of Rights - statement on things someone in grief may need to do to take care of their self
  • "The Meaning of Death" by Stephen Jenkinson - Short video on acceptance of death
  • Grief support for children - Counselling at Nanaimo Hospice with creative/ expressive therapies; brochures on grief
  • Rainbows - Grief support groups for children & youth impacted by loss, divorce, separation, etc offered in local schools and social support agencies
  • After Talk - Pyshcologist Dr. Neimeyer, questions & answers, articles

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Harassment

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HIV / AIDS

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Indigenous; Information & Resources

Infertility

Inspirational & Affirmation

Inter-Cultural Transition

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Insomnia

Immigration

Legal Resources

  • My Law BC - General information on family law, domestic violence, and some financial with links to free legal aid and publications.
  • Justice Access Centre - links to access centres in Victoria, Vancouver & Nanaimo dedicated to helping you find legal resources & give ltd legal advice

Lifelong Learning

Living Simply

  • The Minimalists - Live more meaningfully as opposed to living to acquire more; podcasts on many topics including finance
  • The story of stuff - website dedicated to changing the rules that state having more in the economy for its own sake is not serving us well. Links economic & social issues with environmental problems. Various videos suggesting positive solutions.

Loneliness

  • John Cacioppo - 15 minute video from Big Think, with impacts of loneliness and strategies for overcoming it

Media Literacy & Advocacy

  • About-Face - Media education to promote positive self-esteem in girls & women
  • Adbusters - Media activism to promote shifts in existing power structures
  • MediaLit - Dedicated to developing curriculi for media education for a variety of groups in a various disciplines
  • DoSomething - Chatrooms and info on topics to promote activism
  • Media-Awareness - Promotion of Critical Thinking of media messages that inform or entertain
  • MediaWatch - Challening racisim, sexism & violence through education & activism

Meditation Resources

  • Nanaimo Meditation Groups - List of groups that meet in nanaimo. Great way to learn and connect with others.
  • Island Dharma - Medtation & Dharma talk. Focus on how to minimize suffering & increase compassion. Taught by Dr. Cheryl Fraser. Meets some Saturdays
  • Oprah & Deepak - Has a free 21 day challenge meditation every 4 months or so. Great way to begin or renew practice. Follow them on facebook to get updated on the next one.
  • Shahaja Yoga Meditation Free online course - This approach has a particular focus on body mind connection. It uses touch on the body to access a variety of emotions that you may be feeling. It also has research on its efficacy.
  • Headspace App - For apple and androids. Meditation app to introduce beginners. Starts simple & short and progressively deepens & lengthens

Mindfulness Meditations

Mindfulness

Mental Health

Nanaimo

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Parenting

  • Kateborsato.com/ - Dedicated to support families in tech - life balance, articles, guides, blogs, books
  • Dads and Daughters - Resources & articles to improve father/daughter parenting – addresses many taboo topics
  • Girls Inc. - Dedicated to helping girls be strong, smart, & bold; addresses societal messages about value and potential
  • New Moon - Magazine dedicated to hosting a forum for girl

Perfectionism

Personality Tests

  • 16 Personalities - Free online test with information on your personality type, based on Carl Jung's typology popularized through Myer's Briggs
  • Holland Code Career Test - free online test based on Holland's career codes. Places you in 1 of 6 career fields. Useful for questions on career interest.
  • VIA character strengths  - free 15 minute survey.  Focuses on positive and with much useful information
  • Personality tests - Variety of personality tests (some free)
  • Learning Styles Questionnaire - Free, online auditory, visual, kinestenic learning styles inventory

Positive Psychology

Procrastination

Psychosis

Racial Reconciliation

Relationships

Relaxation

Secrecy

Sexual Health

Sexual Violence & Violence Prevention

  • Sexual Violence Support at VIU - Know More Campaign, Policy & Procedure, multiple resources, trauma informed approach; if you have been sexually assaulted there are many ways we can support you while you remain in control of the process. Counselling is available as well.
  • Ending Violence Association of BC - Education, publications, articles, workshops, support, preventions programs & trainings. Many resources
  • The Anti-Violence Project - From UVic, many resources: library, blogs, etc. Also will help facilitate training in anti-violence measures
  • Westcoastleaf - Legal society dedicating to changing the law to support women's and other minorities, rights and freedoms
  • International Directory of Domestic Violence - list of publications / information on all types of violence in many languages for many age groups
  • Men choose respect - Program from the Haven Society for men who have been abusive to their partners and want to change
  • Fight the new drug - Site dedicated to educating us to the harmful impacts of pornography
  • One Angry Girl - Articles & personal stories on a topics of concern for girls & women from pornography to exploitive corporations; this site will move you
  • Media Watch - Challenging racism, sexism & violence through education & activism
  • Let's get consensual - Video from UVIC on what consent is, & what it is not with some statements on sexual violence
  • Consent for Tea - video on obtaining consent to have tea with someone
  • Ted Talk: Thordis Elva & Tom Strange - story of rape & reconciliation

Sexual Abuse Recovery

Sexual Abuse Recovery & Resources for Men

  • Sexual Violence Support at VIU - Know More Campaign, Policy & Procedure, multiple resources, trauma informed approach; if you have been sexually assaulted there are many ways we can support you while you remain in control of the process. Counselling is available as well.

Sexual Abuse Recovery & Resources for Women

  • Sexual Violence Support at VIU - Know More Campaign, Policy & Procedure, multiple resources, trauma informed approach; if you have been sexually assaulted there are many ways we can support you while you remain in control of the process. Counselling is available as well.
  • Cowichan Women against Violence - Counselling & groups for all forms of past or current violence, womens transition homes, victim services & much more.
  • Haven Society: Nanaimo area resource for women - Counselling, transition homes, victim services, children's counselling
  • VIHA Sexual Assault Resources - Links to Forensic examinations, making police reports, and resources for what to do if you are experiencing violence
  • One Angry Girl - Articles & personal stories on a topics of concern for girls & women from pornography to exploitive corporations; this site will move you
  • 911 Rape - Information on impact, issues for students & youth, what to do; rape treatment centre
  • Victimlink BC - 24/7 confidential, multilingual telephone service to help you find the best resources for emotional or practical support
  • Let's get consensual - Video from UVIC on what consent is, & what it is not with some statements on sexual violence
  • Consent for Tea - video on obtaining consent to have tea with someone
  • North Island Survivors Healing Society - non-profit agency providing counselling for sexual abuse survivors - subsidies available

Shame

  • Brene Brown - Ted talk on shame - differences in men and women - importance of empathy to healing

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Stress - see Anxiety / Stress

Study Strategies

Abroad

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Suicide Information & Help

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Trauma

See Anxiety & Stress for more relaxation exercises and visualizations, also see Mindfulness Meditations & Sexual Abuse Recovery

Top of PageVolunteering

  • Volunteer Nanaimo - Nanaimo Volunteer Society; refers volunteers to and provides a variety of services to non-profit agencies in the Nanaimo area

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  • Aged Out - Website from People who were in Care or who supported youth to support youth as they age out of care
  • VIU Tuition Fee Waiver - for former Youth in Care

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