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Mapping out Remote Mental Health Services: What to Expect

Angel Kennedy
January 21, 2021 6 Min Read

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread negative mental health impacts, increasing the need for mental health services. However, it also rapidly shifted the delivery of mental health services to remote models and platforms. MindMapBC is a database that indexes various low-barrier mental health services, including remote counselling, to meet this changing mental health landscape. There are several potential benefits to remote counselling; for example, it might feel safer speaking with a...

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Beyond Counselling: Community and Culture as Healing

Jessy Dame, Harlan Pruden, and Travis Salway, on behalf of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab
January 20, 2021 5 Min Read

Many of the services listed on MindMap focus on counselling or ‘talk therapy’ approaches. While some of us will see improvement in our mental wellbeing after accessing professional counselling services, there are a range of other practices and supports that will appeal to others of us. Below, we draw on teachings from peoples indigenous to Turtle Island1 to offer suggestions for Indigenous2 and non-Indigenous people to consider how (re-)connecting with community and/or culture may be its own...

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Navigating a Map of Choices

Natasha Vitkin
December 8, 2020 6 Min Read

Whether you are accessing mental health care for the first time or looking for a new therapist, finding a mental health provider can feel overwhelming. But you have the right to find someone who meets your needs. In the words of Zena Sharman, “When choosing a therapist, remember that you’re entering into an intimate relationship with another person and it needs to feel right for you.” Our team has identified five key questions that you can ask yourself to help you during this process: 1. What...

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The MindMap BC team respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we work is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

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