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We are here to support to anyone who identifies as a man who has experienced emotional, physical or sexual trauma in childhood or as an adult.
When you survive a trauma or childhood abuse it can affect every aspect of your life; work, relationships and your health. Many men carry on in silence but there is help here for you. For over 10 years we have been working with men who have experienced trauma and we are here to listen to you. Call to make an appointment 250.381.6367 or email (info @t menstrauma dot com)
The Vancouver Island Men’s Trauma Counseling Society (Men’s Trauma Centre) was formed in September, 2003 in response to the closing of the Victoria branch of the BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA). The Men’s Trauma Centre provides support and/or counseling services to over two hundred men and their family members each year. The Men’s Trauma Centre is becoming increasingly busy and we now run a wide range of therapy programs, educational outreach and an advocacy service, as well as providing vital support during the criminal justice process from initial reporting through to trial.
Why We Exist
While the majority of sexual abuse is by males on females, anyone can be a victim of sexual trauma. Research suggests that between 20% and 30% of all male children are sexually abused before the age of eighteen. Many of the boys who suffer trauma grow up to be men whose lives are seriously impacted by their early childhood experiences. These men suffer from anxiety and depression, are haunted by flashbacks and nightmares, have trouble finding or keeping jobs, have problems maintaining intimate relationships and much more. To compound the difficulty they also experience the social stigma and the guilt and shame associated with victim-hood that is often significantly stronger for males.
Despite the media stories of male survivors of abuse that have come out over the past few years, many people remain unable or unwilling to respond to this problem and the long term damage it creates both individually and at societal level. We believe it is vital, both to the individual and to society as a whole, to address the issues and concerns of male survivors. Prevention, education, treatment and support are the means.
BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders is a residential facility that provides program options that include intensive discovery, recovery and healing for people who are experiencing disordered eating. Participants stay in community at our facility for the duration of their program. There are 15 beds available with 24/7 support by a team of professionals, paraprofessionals and peer support. The center is the only residential eating disorder program in Saskatchewan and is a hidden gem in the quaint setting of Milden, Saskatchewan. Programming is free of charge with a valid Saskatchewan health card. Out of province and out of country participants are welcome. For more information, visit www.bridgepointcenter.ca.
No family is ever prepared to hear the four worst words: Your child has cancer. Friends of Karen, New York-based and serving families in the NY-TriState area since 1978, is a non-profit with a vision that every child with a life-threatening illness, and his or her family, will have all that they need to keep them stable, functioning and able to cope. Providing financial assistance, illness education and supportive counseling, among other services, our staff of experienced social workers, child life specialists and expressive arts therapists guide families from their child’s diagnosis through treatment, at no cost, so they have more time for what's most important: each other.
Utterly Global provides professional development workshops, presentations and curricula for K-12 faculty, support staff, administration, students, parents and community members. We are committed to raising awareness about bullying and bringing about change through education, community collaboration and legislation. Our ultimate goal is to empower young people to become caring and confident with the ability to make socially responsible decisions.
The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians, and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.
In 2010, Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind (BC2M), a nonprofit organization built to start the conversation about mental health, and to raise awareness, understanding, and empathy. The idea for the organization resulted from Ms. Close’s first-hand observation of the battles with mental illness within her own family. Ms. Close’s sister, Jessie, successfully lives with bipolar disorder, and Jessie’s son, Calen, lives with schizoaffective disorder, and all three are actively involved in spreading the organization’s mission. BC2M develops influential public service announcements (PSAs); pilots evidence-based, peer-to-peer programs at the undergraduate and high school levels engaging students to eradicate stigma; and has created a social movement around change by providing people with platforms to share, connect, and learn. Because science is essential to achieving this mission, BC2M’s work is grounded in the latest research, evaluated for effectiveness, and shared with confidence. An integral component of this is BC2M’s Scientific Advisory Council, which is comprised of an acclaimed team of experts in the fields of stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.
Actively Moving Forward, a HealGrief program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting grieving college students.
1 in every 3 college students are grieving a loved one’s death or the diagnosis of a loved one’s terminal illness! The organization accomplishes its mission by creating Actively Moving Forward chapters on college campuses nationwide. AMF, an acronym for ActivelyMovingForward connects and empowers these grieving students to support one another and participate in community service in memory of their loved ones. Students are given the tools to cope, and the education to understand that grief is normal; grief is not depression; suicide is never an option; and a healthy grief recovery does exist.
AMF also supports non-collegiate young adults and professionals working with college students and young adults by creating a wealth of virtual information, programming, and community.
The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) was founded in 1988 and is the professional association that represents Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) in our province. What does this mean for members of the public? It means that if you receive counselling services from an RCC, you can have confidence in their experience and qualifications – that they have met the highest standards of their profession. Today, we represent over 3,900 Registered Clinical Counsellors across BC.
Every person who receives the ‘RCC’ counselling designation in British Columbia has met specific educational and training criteria required by the BCACC. What’s more, our RCC members have not only met the academic, clinical competence and professional requirements, they have voluntarily committed themselves to practice according to an ethical code of conduct and standards of practice.
For more information on the RCC designation and our requirements for membership, please visit our website.
Calgary Silver Linings Foundation (CSLF) is a registered charity that was founded by parents of loved ones who developed eating disorders, mental health specialists and community leaders. Currently, we offer 8-week professionally-facilitated support groups throughout the year, for individuals with eating disorders (18 years and older) and a separate group for parents and loved ones of someone with an eating disorder. CSLF's primary mission is to establish the province's first residential eating disorder treatment centre. Having experienced firsthand the devastation of eating disorders, we are committed to seeing that Albertans navigating these grave mental illnesses are able to access the specialized care that they urgently need right here, at home. To learn more about CSLF, please visit our website, www.silverliningsfoundation.ca
Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute (CMRPI) is a national, science-based nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting research to prevent child sexual abuse and provides information to prevention organizations, agencies, professionals, and families to use to prevent abuse.