British Columbia Initiatives

"Band Wagon 1" is a mobile recording studio, the first of its kind in Canada, designed to provide patients at BC Children's hospital the ability to create a permanent record of the music composed during their therapy sessions for their friends, family, and community.  This innovative Music Therapy program was created by the Music Therapy Ride Committee in Vancouver, with the generous support of Variety - The Children's Charity, in collaboration with music producer Garth Richardson and Nimbus School of Recording Arts.

B.C. Artists in Healthcare is the first not-for-profit organization in B.C. to initiate volunteer-based sustainable and replicable ArtCare (arts in healthcare) programs in regional hospices, community and cancer care settings.  

Since 2003, B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society has grown from a small group of five dedicated volunteers to a vibrant organization with 120+ members.

Bevel Up is an interactive teaching DVD co produced in 2007 by the street nurse program of the BCCDC and the National Film Board of Canada directed by award winning filmmaker Nettie Wild, with financial support from Health Canada and the BC Nurses Union.  How can a nurse deliver effective and compassionate care to a person who uses drugs? Bevel Up follows a team of street nurses as they reach out to youth, sex-workers, and street entrenched men and women in the hotels and alleys of Vancouver's inner city.

All artists in the community of the South Okanagan Similkameen are invited to submit works that express the lived experience of mental illness. This includes persons in recovery, their support system and any other person having an interest in combating stigma.

BoosterBuddy is a mobile application (app) designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. It is available for free through the App Store and Google Play and works on most Apple and Android mobile devices.  Purpose: BoosterBuddy utilizes design and gamification to help young people manage their personal wellness journey. A sidekick guides users through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits.