Almost four years ago Reach began a new program called Reach Counselling Services to address many issues that staff were seeing with parents and children in our programs relating to mental health issues including depression, anxiety, coping with loss, difficult family relationships and difficulty coping with life stressors. Currently this program is approximately one day a week with one counsellor, Yvonne McKenna, who reports,
"In 2009 25 clients were seen in this program, but by 2011 39 clients were seen. Even with that number, there are many still on the waiting list which has resulted in fewer sessions per client and some new programs to address this wait."
Starting in January 2013 there will be two parent/caregiver support groups for those who want to talk about anything related to parenting a child with special needs. The focus will be on coping skills, how to be an advocate without burning out, and surviving and thriving. New families to Reach and those who have been with us a long time are all invited.
The North Delta group will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at our Play and Learn Centre at 11425 84th Avenue at 6:30 to 8:00pm. The South Delta group will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at our main Reach facility at #3 - 3800 72nd Street in Ladner at 6:30 to 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend either or both of the groups. These groups are also in addition to the ADHD Parent Support Group that meets at our South Delta office on the last Friday of the month.
If you would like more information or would like to meet with Yvonne before the groups start, please call (604) 946-6622 Ext. 347.