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A simple cup of tea makes all the difference to a young lady

A few months ago a young girl was staying with us in the Crisis Program. I work the night shift and I remember that when she first arrived she would often come to the office in the middle of the night saying that she had had a nightmare and couldn’t get back to sleep. We would make her some tea and sometimes she would sit with us in the office for a while and chat. Sometimes she would prefer to sit in the common space and read her book or draw for a little while. She never wanted to talk to us about what her bad dreams were about and that was ok.  She’d usually go back to bed after about half an hour.

When she decided to move on she left a little note for the night staff saying how it had meant a lot to her to know that we were there at night. The note said that she found nights difficult and that it was a comfort to her to know that we were there and that it also made her feel safe.

It really touched me to think that something so simple like a cup of tea or a little chat might have meant that much to her and that it made her feel a little safer. 

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Help end the stigma around mental illness with Bell's Let's Talk Campaign

Clara Hughes, Howie Mandel and many others are teaming up with  Bell's Let’s Talk Campaign  to raise money for and awareness of mental illness in Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed $100 million to mental health initiatives in Canada. Talking is the first step towards meaningful change and building greater awareness, acceptance, and action. Bell's Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma around mental illness.

Mental Health impacts everyone, here are some facts:

  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
  • A complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors causes mental illnesses.
  • It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
  • The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
  • Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
  • In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

Learn how you can add your voice to Bell’s Let’s Talk Campaign and make a difference for those suffering from a mental illness  here.

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We would like to extend our warmest thanks to our friends at the False Creek Tennis Club!

 To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, members of the False Creek Tennis Club decided to give the gift of love instead of presents to each other. Together, they raised nearly $400 to support the life-changing programs at Covenant House Vancouver.

We would also like to thank the special someone from the club who took the time to put together toiletry kits for our Christmas Backpack Program – thank you Mrs. Clause! At Christmas time, we gifted 275 backpacks to youth filled with items they need, such as toiletries and clothing, but also special items, such as gift cards for a meal out.

All of these programs are strategically designed to lift youth out of the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Members of the False Creek Tennis Club have provided opportunities for youth to overcome the traumas of their past and get on their feet with the tools they need to sustain healthy independence as adults.

Thank you to all of the loving members of the False Creek Tennis Club!

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Top 5 most needed GIK items

1. New men's underwear (sizes M/L/XL)
2. Diapers (new born and toddlers)
3. New/used MP3 players
4. Construction gear (steeled toe boots, hard hats, gloves)
5. Winter clothing (jackets, pants, gloves)

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