Research project on human rights in mental health care

Have you had experiences with the mental health system and hospitalization? Share your voice!

A group of researchers and community collaborators are interested in learning more about people’s experiences related to mental health, hospitalization and the Mental Health Act, such as, involuntary detainment & treatment, use of restraints or seclusion.

They would also like to hear about stigmatizing and discriminatory practices in mental health based on experiences of colonization, racism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, ageism, poverty and homelessness. These conversations will be led by a Peer Researcher who shares these experiences.

Participants must be 18 or older. Participants receive $50 and snacks and refreshments.

This research supports an international research project (Canada, Kenya, and Australia) that is aiming to develop mental health services that enhance human rights and equity.

Participants attending the in-person session are asked to please wear a mask.

Interested? Contact Abe Joseph and Anita David at: rhrsj@yorku.ca.

Download the poster.

Do your taxes on your own with the support of a tax advocate!

Image featuring a teal background and a graphic of a hand holding a calculator. The text reads "Do your taxes on your own with the support of a tax advocate! Interested? Email taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org. "

DABC’s Tax AID partnership has teamed up with Prosper Canada‘s Virtual Self-file program!

Through the program, you can use TurboTax software to help you get started on your taxes for free. You will also receive guidance and support from one of our tax preparers before you file.

New DABC Anti-Violence Resources

Two women with medium length light brown hair, one has her hand on the other's shoulderDisability Alliance BC (DABC) partnered with Inclusion BC and Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA) to conduct focus groups with anti-violence program representatives and those providing services to people with intellectual disabilities in the community living/independent living sector.

The purpose of the focus groups was to identify challenges, gaps, and solutions for people with intellectual disabilities, especially those with Complex Needs, who experience gender-based violence.

Based on what we learned, we created two guides:

Service Providers Guide: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/inclusion-in-practice-guide/

The project developed a resource guide for anti-violence programs. The Inclusion in Practice: Building Capacity to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities Experiencing Gender-Based Violence guide is a tool to enable programs to build capacity, enhance their supports and improve service outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities.

We also created an accompanying training module to go with the service provider resource guide.

Plain Language Guide: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/gbv-plainlanguageguide/

To further support this work, we also developed an information guide on gender-based violence for people with intellectual disabilities: What is Gender-based Violence? A Plain Language Guide for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

This project was generously funded by the Ministry of Public Safety.

Thank you to our Project Partners

Inclusion BC

Ending Violence Association of BC