Meet Judy Morrissey, Residential Coordinator at PCLA’s Elizabeth Barnett Terrace (EBT)

Meet Judy Morrissey, Residential Coordinator at PCLA’s Elizabeth Barnett Terrace (EBT)

Some of the best things about PCLA are the little conversations and relationships that are built between our employees and clients. This is true for Judy Morrissey, the Residential Coordinator at EBT.  In a recent conversation, she talked about a client who had passed away earlier this year.  “She had battled cancer for over 15 years,” said Judy, “and she is one who, every morning, I would knock on her door and just have a 10-minute conversation with and help her through the last few stages of her life.” Stories like these are the heartbeat of PCLA and they drive us to get up every morning and make an impact in our community.

Originally from Calgary, and a University of Saskatchewan graduate, Judy has been working at PCLA since 2002. In 2016, she moved to EBT and has been working as the Residential Coordinator ever since.

Because EBT is designed to provide more independent living, Judy works to facilitate volunteering, budgeting, leisure and social activities for clients. While discussing the importance of PCLA in B.C.’s mental health landscape, Judy said that there is still a lot of stigma around mental health, and that it continues to be misunderstood by the public. She says PCLA is here “to provide clients with a safe space and understanding”.

We asked Judy about the questions and comments she gets from friends and family about her work. She said that people often say that her job must be very stressful, but she doesn’t feel that way. “I feel more grateful to have [my job]. When you help [clients], you see your impact on them and it’s a great feeling”.

We cannot thank employees like Judy enough for the work they do and the amazing impact they have on the lives of our clients and our community. PCLA truly could not be where it is today without the support and hard work of each and every employee, volunteer, donor and partner. So truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you for all that you do.

What is Psychosocial Rehabilitation?

Psychosocial rehabilitation is an integral part of what PCLA does, however, it is often misunderstood. What exactly is psychosocial rehabilitation? Why is it important in mental healthcare? This article by Kendra Cherry breaks down the answers to these questions.

Can Psychosocial Rehabilitation Restore Well-Being?

People with mental illnesses and other psychiatric concerns often need help in different aspects of their lives including work, living, social, and learning environments. One approach that can help people manage symptoms and improve functioning is known as psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR). PSR is a treatment approach designed to help improve the lives of people with disabilities.

CAMH Free Online Courses

Have you ever thought about taking a course on mental health related issues? The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has a wide range of FREE courses on their website where you can build awareness and knowledge of mental health challenges and work to reduce stigma. Courses offered include Empowering Families Affected by Psychosis, Youth and Mental Health 101, Addiction 101 and so many more. Privacy is a priority for CAMH, and they work to provide an environment that respects that privacy. Work through a course or two on your own, or with friends and family. Help each other to grow and fight the stigma around mental health.

Click the link to find out how to register

CAMH Mental Health 101 Courses

These tutorials have been generously supported by the CAMH Gifts of Light program. You can help support CAMH’s Gifts of Light Program here. To view the entire list of courses available in this series, please visit the main website. Note on accessibility: We are currently working on providing specific accommodations for participants with physical and/or learning challenges.

First Nations Health Authority App

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) released their very own app. With the purpose of better serving the First Nations and Indigenous people of BC, this app creates the opportunity to receive direct information that supports the health, wellness and safety of BC First Nations. This app focuses on health and wellness, including physical and mental health.

To read more about the app and other news from the FNHA, click the link.

FNHA Launches Mobile App

​ A message from Richard Jock, Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), FNHA​ ​ The FNHA strives to find the best ways possible to serve First Nations and Indigenous people in BC, and we are always exploring ways to better connect with those we serve.