Growing Healthy Kids Child & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Resources for Salt Spring Island

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Brought to you by the Salt Spring Island Local Action Team as part of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative, funded in partnership by Doctors of BC and the BC Government. Download the booklet here  

EMERGENCY SHELTER OPENS FOR SEASON

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November 1st sees the opening of the ‘In From the Cold’ Emergency Shelter at Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS) for the cold weather season. “There is one notable difference this year in our status with BC Housing in that we have been approved for funding every night of the season as we see the need, rather […]

Extreme weather response shelter opens early

The Salt Spring Island Emergency Shelter is open during the storms of October 13,14, 15 due to a BC Housing announcement that funding would be available to open early due to the extreme weather conditions being experienced in the region currently. The shelter is located at the main Salt Spring Island Community Services site at […]

New Suicide Intervention Toolkits Available

Salt Spring Island Youth Suicide Intervention Toolkit

These toolkits were initiated and developed to help parents, caregivers and professionals, like teachers and healthcare providers, reach out to children and youth who may be at risk for suicide on Salt Spring Island as well as for youth themselves.   SALT SPRING ISLAND YOUTH SUICIDE INTERVENTION TOOLKIT A SUICIDE INTERVENTION TOOLKIT FOR PROFESSIONALS ON […]

Point-In-Time Homeless Count Report

Point-In-Time Homeless Count

On the night of February 10, 2016 there were at least 83 people experiencing homelessness on Salt Spring Island.  The seasonal emergency shelter on Salt Spring Island ended the 2015/16 winter season and closed on March 6, 2016.  As of that date 2400 people had accessed shelter services with an average of 20 people per […]

New Beginnings Ceramics at the Market

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New Beginnings and Yellow Sub are busy with ceramics class every Wednesday at 11:00 where projects includes slab work and wheel throwing instruction resulting in the creation of beautiful and practical products such as these. Look for their garden markers at the Saturday market!

Salt Spring Team Focus on Child & Youth Mental Health

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Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS) will launch the most recent turn in the 25 year evolution of Child and Youth programming with the welcome of Dr. Jessica Moretti to their location on Fulford-Ganges Road, providing child and adolescent psychiatric services as of Friday March 18th. Dr. Moretti is a Royal College of Physicians and […]

Emergency Shelter Taken Out of Action

Outreach Building at SSICS

The latest hit on an already overburdened program to shelter Salt Spring Island homeless has taken the facility used for the ‘In From the Cold’ shelter out of action temporarily. “Salt Spring Island Community Services regrets to announce the discovery of the presence of an unhealthy level of mold in the building used by the […]

Myth: Those experiencing homelessness are mentally ill, drug addicts, or alcoholics

Mental Health and Homelessness

Reality: While it’s estimated 25-50% of those affected by homelessness have mental health or substance abuse problems, many face different challenges. These challenges can be the product of an accident, or brought on by the ever-rising costs of food, rent, medication, and other essentials. Homelessness is not always caused by health issues.  It is often caused by […]

People’s Roots Grow Deep

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People’s Roots is the Salt Spring Community Services farm program based on an acre of land in the Burgoyne Valley belonging to the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust that preserves land for the use of agricultural practices.
With support from Chorus Frog Farm and Bullock Lake Farm, 2015 has proven a bountiful year for the program. It marks the fourth year People’s Roots has been growing organic produce for Community Services programs such as Family Place, the Core Inn, the food bank, In from the Cold emergency shelter and the Yellow Sub — the daily mental health program……