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Being There For Someone with Mental Health Concerns

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Open to Provincial Region, Patients partners in rural communities across the province

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Research shows that social connections are especially helpful for those with mental health concerns (MHC; e.g., symptoms of depression, anxiety). Very little is known about what it is like to be there — as a friend, family member, neighbour – for someone 50 years or older with MHC, especially in a rural context. This study will examine what it is like to be a part of a support system for these individuals living in rural BC.

More Information:

What’s Involved:
1. Participants will engage in a phone call with the researcher to review the study and what is involved. They will also be assessed for eligibility at this point.
2. Participants will be asked to complete an online Personal Information Questionnaire consisting of socio-demographic questions
3. Participants will complete a 1-1.5 hour interview over the UBC licensed Zoom platform (or telephone if required)

Arts Building, UBC Okanagan Campus, Psychology, Kelowna, BC

Health Categories:
Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Other Mental Health, Aging, Other Older Adults, Other Substance Use

Age: 18 Years – 90 Years Old
Accepting Healthy Volunteers: Yes

Find out more.

Contact person: please contact: Carley Paterson (250) 807-8736,  email:

From Our Community

Jeanette Foreman

Northwest Quality Improvement Lead, Quality and Innovation, Northern Health

Jeanette Forman

PVN has really helped us engage with patient partners to improve health services at Northern Health.  It is more and more becoming the norm to include patients in the design, delivery and evaluation of health services.  PVN education and supports, involving patient partners, have enabled us to develop the capacity to include the patient voice to make care better and achieve better health outcomes.