The Abbotsford-based Telecare Crisis and Caring Line is hosting Caring Conversations – a virtual event focused on relationships, community and mental health.
The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
The World Health Organization holds Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, and encourages organizations to share the work they are doing to help overcome mental health issues.
Telecare, a faith-based ministry, operates a free call centre to anyone who calls regardless of race, creed, or social standing. The registered charity is based out of Abbotsford with volunteers available to listen to how callers are feeling, no matter their emotion.
Executive director Bill Strom said Telecare uses empathetic listening to encourage callers to express themselves and how they are feeling.
“We understand that people are still struggling during this pandemic. We’ve lost so much over the past 19 months,” he said. “We hope this event opens doors to start new conversations about mental health and raises awareness about our call line that serves everyone as we navigate pandemic pain and loss. ”
Keynote speaker for the virtual event is Daniel Whitehead, CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries – an international charity that equips the church to support mental health and well-being.
In his talk, Whitehead will discuss a relational vision for humanity, while emphasizing the importance of being seen, loved and valued as we are. He will also explore the importance of creating space, and taking time, to let love take root and grow.
“I am both thrilled and honoured to be sharing at the Telecare annual fundraiser this year,” he said. “As a ministry committed to practically living out Christ’s call to love others well, I feel a strong resonance with their invaluable work.”
Telecare also welcomes musical guest Luke Vandevert from the musical collaboration The Arctic. He recently won a Leo Award for his work on “Christmas at our House with Brian Doerksen and Friends.” That night, Vandevert will release a new song, titled Limbo, written specifically for the event.
Register online at telecarebc.com/caringconversations. While registration is free, a $25 donation is suggested. Visit telecarebc.com for more information.