History:

The Vancouver Island Workability Program (a program of the Farm at Cedar Woods Society) had it’s beginnings in 2008 and was funded in part by the Praxis Foundation. The goal of the strategic partnership was to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from mental illness. We:

  • Offer individuals hope and the possibility of recovery, and promote mental health and well-being;
  • Enable individuals confronting mental health problems and illnesses to have an opportunity to be fully engaged and active participants in all aspects of social20150917_110243 and economic life.

Canadian statistics:

  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
  • About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.
  • Four of the six leading causes of years lived with disability are due to neuropsychiatric disorders (depression, alcohol-use disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).
  • One in four families has at least one member with a mental disorder.
  • In addition to the health and social costs, those suffering from mental illnesses are also victims of human rights violations, stigma and discrimination, both inside and outside psychiatric institutions.