Whistler Community Services Society and Arts Whistler have partnered for ReachOut! Whistler – a campaign to raise awareness and funds for mental health and wellbeing programs, with the help of a beautiful locally designed enamel pin.
2020 was an exceptionally challenging year and Whistler Community Services’ Outreach program has experienced a significant increase in individuals seeking assistance in the areas of mental health and emotional support. Similarly, throughout the pandemic, Arts Whistler saw an increased need for accessible and inclusive arts and culture activities that could help foster community spirit and belonging in a year of filled with uncertainty and stress.
Jackie Dickinson, Whistler Community Services Society’s executive director, stated, “Whistler Community Services Society is proud and honored to be part of this powerful collaboration with Arts Whistler. The goal of this initiative is to create hope and resiliency as we start 2021 and raise awareness around mental health and the strength of accessing support.”
Businesses, download the mental health resources here:
Buy a pin!
Purchase your ReachOut! Whistler Pin for $8 online, from Maury Young Arts Centre or the Re-use-It Centre
Check our hours of operations and come in to purchase a pin or make a donation to show your support for local mental health and wellbeing programs. Please note that online purchase is for pick up at the Maury Young Arts Centre only. No shipping available.
If you purchased pins in the presale, you will be notified by email once they are ready for collection at Maury Young Arts Centre. Pre-purchased pins cannot be collected from the Re-Use-It Centre, Unfortunately, we are not able to ship pins.
The ReachOut! Whistler pin design, created by Pemberton artist Aurora Moore, uses the iconic image of Black Tusk to remind folks that no one needs to stand alone. “Having other people to lean on and talk to is at the heart of mental wellness for me. I used Black Tusk to represent this thought – ‘You don’t have to stand alone’ – as Black Tusk stands out in the Coast Mountain range,” says Aurora about her design. Read the full interview: ReachOut! Whistler pin designer: Aurora Moore
ReachOut! for Mental Health & Wellness Support
There are many places to find free or low-cost mental health & wellness support, both in person and online.
You don’t have to stand alone.
Outreach Services – Whistler Community Services Society:
Confidential support for those experiencing challenges with mental health, financial insecurity, advocacy, physical health and injury, housing, food insecurity, substance use, employment, family/friend relationships, parenting support or support for those experiencing violence/conflict in relationships.
Open Monday-Saturday 9am-4:30pm | In-person and virtual appointments available | Call 604-932-0113 or book online at mywcss.org/contact-outreach
The Sea to Sky Healing Project – A Toolkit For Mental Health In Uncertain Times:
This is a toolkit in the truest sense. It is a collection of carefully selected online videos, podcasts, articles, diagrams, tips, and insight in to how we can deal with stress, anxiety, and depression in our lives. Our hope is that everyone can find a number of tools that they can rely on at any given moment inside this toolkit. seatoskyhealingproject.com
VCH Mental Health and Substance Use Services:
Accessible and compassionate services include treatment planning, counselling, referrals to other supports and resources.
Call the intake assessment line for initial consultation. Call: 604-698-6455 | Free services may be provided if approved through the intake assessment.
BC’s 24/7 Crisis Support:
Barrier-free, non-judgmental, free emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Confidential support is available via phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or through online chat from 12pm until 1am, 7 days a week in British Columbia.
Phone and online chat services available in many languages. | Call 1-866-661-3311 or visit CrisisCentreChat.ca
Workplace Healthcare & Extended Benefits Plan:
If you are enrolled in a workplace healthcare or extended benefits plan through your employer you may have immediate access to free or low-cost counselling services. Many benefits providers offer virtual counselling services.
Log in to your online portal, call your benefits provider or talk to your HR Manager to find out more.
Mental Health Myths – What you really need to know about reaching out for support.