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Posted Tuesday, April 7, 2020

During COVID-19, MDABC continues to monitor and take measures to ensure the safety of everyone, while providing services to our clientele.

 

Our MDABC office will re-open April 7, 2020 with reduced service.

MDABC clinic will operate from Monday to Friday 9-5 only.

Other services will continue via an on-line or telehealth format.  There will be NO IN-PERSON Consultation until further notice.

      

- Psychiatric and Counselling Services will continue via virtual format/telehealth.

- rTMS clients will resume treatment on an individual basis.  The rTMS technicians will be using PPE during treatment times. Technicians will also screen clients regularly for any symptoms. We ask that you cancel your appointment or re-book if you have any symptoms even the mildest form. In order to ensure the continuation of your treatment, we ask that you physically distance from others during travel to and from MDABC, limit your exposure outside, wash your hands before coming into the clinic, and communicate with us if you are not feeling very well.

 

To book an on-line or phone appointment with a Psychiatrist or Counsellor – please contact info@mdabc.net or call our office at 604.873.0103  You will be provided with further information regarding your session.

 

Thank you all for your patience as we experience this pandemic together. MDABC is committed to ensuring that the health, safety and mental wellbeing of all is our top priority. Please stay safe and be well!

 

Check here for future updates.

Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2020

MDABC suspends services

 

We wish to inform you that MDABC offices on Pender Street are temporarily closed from March 25 until April 6. Please refer to our website for future announcements and re-opening information. Information for MDA Clinic patients and their ‘current’ virtual follow up opportunity - information can be found on the Adult Psychiatric Clinic tab of this website —>then click on Covid-19 update.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

If you have any emergency or are in crisis, please connect with the following resources:

> COVID-19 Hotline - 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).

> Medical Emergency - 911

> Access & Assessment Centre - (604) 675-3700

> Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC - (604) 872-3311

> Fraser Health Crisis Line - +1 877-820-7444

> Richmond Health Services-Crisis Line - (604) 279-7070

> North Shore Crisis Services Society - (604) 987-0366

 

For any questions from physicians and patients concerning the MDA Clinic - 

please contact Dr Ron Remick - rremick@shaw.ca

 

For any questions involving the Wellness Centre and our clinic counselling or other MDA matters - 

please contact Mr Irvine G. Harvey - irvine.harvey@lookoutsociety.ca 

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Art Studio Hallway 

Lookout MDABC is excited to announce that we were recently awarded the bid to run VCH Art Studio program!

 

The Art Studio location is currently hosted at VCH location:  2005 E. 44th Ave, Vancouver BC and has been running for over 22 years.

The Art Studio program is designed from a bio-psycho/social model of recovery and the requirement for membership is people with a Mental Health diagnosis living in Vancouver. Programs are currently available for youth (19-26) and adults which may include: Acrylics/Drawing/Mixed Media/Pottery/Print Making/Watercolor to name a few. 

MDABC will be looking at future ways to broaden the Art Studio and provide more workshops, classes and open studio opportunities in the future.

We are also required to find a new home for the Studio after January 31, 2020 as the building will no longer be available.

The current Members and Instructors of the program are very proud of their community and development in the Arts and we would like to encourage continued growth and development opportunities!

 

Stay tuned for more updates…..

Posted Thursday, November 30, 2017

As a way to streamline the MDABC, a site of Lookout Housing & Health Society's Operations, we are moving our Psychiatric clinic into the office that currently operates as the Wellness and Counselling Center.

As of Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 our Psychiatric clinic will be operating at #480-789 West Pender street (at Howe street). Please note that there is no change to the phone number.

Please note that our Psychiatric clinic and Wellness and Counselling center will be closed for the holidays and preparation of the move from:

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Lookout Housing & Health Society's MDABC office at #480-789 West Pender on Wednesday January 3rd, 2018

 

Posted Friday, September 22, 2017

Lookout Society to Merge with Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia

 

Goal is to provide an even greater continuum of services for clients across BC

New Westminster, BC – On June 28, 2017 The Lookout Emergency Aid Society (Lookout Society) and Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia (MDABC) finalized approvals to merge the two societies. As part of this amalgamation, MDABC will retain its name and brand as a collection of mental health programs of the Lookout Society.

Merging into one non-profit organization will better leverage the history, successes and strengths of each entity, including service delivery, accreditation and fundraising. Both Lookout and MDABC have a long history of successfully serving vulnerable populations through services in multiple communities across the province. Bringing both organizations together provides an even greater continuum of services for guests in need of mental health supports.

Lookout Society is recognized for its health, housing and shelter operations across the Lower Mainland, while MDABC pioneered ground-breaking practices in treatment and support for individuals living with mental illness. This merger creates a greater opportunity to influence government programs and policy, and access funding streams that enable the long-term sustainability and growth of mental health opportunities under the proven MDABC model of care.

Shayne Williams, Executive Director of Lookout Society

“The need for non-profit organizations like the MDABC is expanding, with one in seven Canadians experiencing a mood disorder at some point in their life. Merging the MDABC and Lookout Society establishes a large, yet nimble organization that is better able to respond to the growing need and access resources across the Province.”

Tom Dutta, Past Executive Director of Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia

“This merger represents a significant step forward in MDABC’s strategy to sustain and grow its mental health programs and help more people across the Province. Our combined organizations have over 70 years of rich history with significant community impact on individual’s lives. Going forward we are stronger together.”

About Lookout Society

Founded in 1971, The Lookout Emergency Aid Society operates in 32 buildings across nine Metro Vancouver communities; Vancouver, Surrey, New Westminster, the North Shore, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley and Abbotsford.

Lookout cares for vulnerable people 24 hours a day - 365 days a year, assisting with housing and health solutions. Through our 74 programs Lookout services reach 2,500 people every day and house over 1,200 people every night in our shelters, transitional, supportive and affordable housing opportunities.

 

For more information visit lookout at www.lookoutsociety.ca or on Twitter and Facebook

Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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