Thrive

Find safe and welcoming support for your wellness goals with Thrive. If you’re living with a mental health condition, we offer one-to-one coaching and group programs that focus on personal development and positive community connections. From healthy living to computer skills training, our team will work with you to build a custom program that fits your needs.

Our Thrive program is offered in Vancouver.

We are grateful to live, work, and love on the traditional territories of the skwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Eligibility.

Want to know if the Thrive Program is for you? Go through this short list to find out.

Participants

You can sign up as a participant if:

  • You live in Vancouver or Richmond
  • You are 17 years old or older, and
  • You identify as having a mental health condition or addiction

Client Spotlight.

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Program Calendar.

Already a Thrive client? Download the latest program calendar here. Not a client? Read on to learn more about the programs and initiatives we offer, and find out how to get involved!

What We Offer.

Our Thrive program promotes wellness and recovery through personalized leisure and education activities.  Whatever your goals and interests, we will work one-on-one with you to foster personal growth, develop skills, and form social connections.  Here are just a few examples of what we do:

Leisure Education

Leisure is important.  As you discover new, meaningful hobbies and interests, you will develop new skills and learn new things about yourself.

Workshop examples include:

  • Digital Photography
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Writing

Personal Development

Understanding ourselves better helps us live fuller lives.  Learn and develop personal strengths, values and motivation with support from our team.

Workshop examples include:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Empowerment
  • Self-Discovery

Healthy Living

Taking care of yourself isn’t always easy.  We’re here to help you build skills and confidence in all areas of wellness so you can live better and feel better.

Workshop examples include:

  • Gym Orientation
  • Cooking & Nutrition 101
  • Stress Management

Building Connections

Connections with others enrich our lives. Develop communication skills for building relationships with support from our experienced team.

Workshop examples include:

  • Making Connections
  • Communication 101
  • Shyness and Social Anxiety

Employment Readiness

Want to start work or get back to work? You can start taking steps towards further education, volunteering or employment today.

Workshop examples include:

  • Implicit Career Search
  • Personal Growth
  • Peer Leadership

Essential Skills

Essential skills are the skills you need for work, learning and life.  If you’d like to enhance your independent living skills, this stream may be for you.

Workshop examples include:

  • Computer Skill Development
  • Budgeting
  • Time Management
  • Home Care

Our Community Initiatives.

Our Thrive team is an active part of the local community.  We work in partnership with public sector programs, educational institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations to deliver unique initiatives that promote greater awareness and better understanding of mental health in our society.

Leisure, Health & Wellness Bursary

Funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, the bursary is designed to help people living with mental health concerns to access or sustain leisure activities of their choice.

Bursaries are awarded by random draw up to a maximum of $150.  Bursary draws take place on the 15th of February, April, June, August, October, and December.  Applicants must be referred.

Creating Upstream Change

Imagining Inclusion: Creating Upstream Change is a three-year community-based participatory research partnership between Douglas College, Open Door Group and York University.

Peer directed by individuals living with mental illness, the project investigates the potential for organizational and system change in community mental health through an “upstream” model.

Project EveryBODY

A community collaboration led by Open Door Group, Project EveryBODY highlights and celebrates the achievements of people of diverse abilities.

This annual campaign promotes the inclusion of people of all abilities, and comes to a climax with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 of each year.

Getting Started.

Connect

Attend a drop-in orientation, or call us to set up a one-on-one intake appointment.

Orientations take place on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of every month, from 1-2pm.

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Initial Assessment

Meet with one of our recreational therapists to do an initial assessment.  The information you share with us will help us understand your needs.

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Plan

Meet with one of our experienced recreational therapists to set personal goals and build an action plan.  Together, we’ll find the right activities and programs to help you reach your goals.

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Our Funders.

Open Door Group wishes to acknowledge the generous support of our funder without whom the Thrive Program would not be possible.