Plagued by despair and hopelessness?

Gisele Marion

Gisele Marion

Are you feeling depressed?

Are you concerned about someone and their mental health?

100 Mile House and area residents have many resources to go to for help.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Mental Health Week, the Canadian Mental Health Association – South Cariboo, (CMHA-SC) is holding a Resource Fair tomorrow (May 5), where folks may get some answers.

The fair is at the South Cariboo Health Centre (SCHC) in the multipurpose room at 555 D Cedar Ave. from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

People are invited to participate in the “mental health walk” prior to the fair between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“It’s like a scavenger hunt,” explains CMHA – SC member Gisele Marion.

“There are locations where people can pick up the questionnaire and get their passports stamped.”

To pick up your form visit one of the participating passport locations, including the 100 Mile Branch Library, Parkside Art Gallery, 100 Miler Gear Garage, 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre, Higher Ground Natural Foods, Nuthatch Books, Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre, Youth Zone (youth only), Pharmasave, Williams Lake and District Credit Union and CMHA-SC.

People are encouraged to get three stamps in their passport and then drop it off at Pharmasave before 1 p.m. or the SCHC multi-purpose room before 3 p.m. The first 80 people to get to Pharmasave with a stamped passport will receive a “goodie” bag.

The afternoon event includes yoga breathing, guided imagery and relaxation session by Katherine McKibbin and a stress management seminar by Cameron Johnston. There will be a chance to mingle with others while enjoying a nutritious snack during a break.

A draw for prizes will take place at 4 p.m.


Youth session

The Youth Zone (YZ) will be holding an event of its own on May 6 from 3 to 9 p.m.

Holding it at the YZ would be less intimidating for the youths and, hopefully, encourage young people to attend and participate in the activities, says community support worker Bithia Harris.

The popular drop-in centre will have information booths set up with information on: relationships and self-esteem; substance use and abuse; fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; and self abuse, which includes cutting and eating disorders.

A poster contest is being held during the week with the winner being announced on Friday.


For more information on the Resource Fair, call Marion at 250-395-4883. People who would like further information on the Youth Zone event can call 250-395-3636.