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FASD Society for BC joins "Clara's Big Ride" for Mental Health!

Matching funds have been extended until July 1st!
by Allison Pooley, posted on 9:49 AM, March 28, 2014

The Asante Centre (governed by the FASD Society for BC) has joined Clara’s Big Ride to raise awareness of mental health!  Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes is biking across Canada to help reduce the stigma, and you can help.

Did you know that up to 90% of adults with FASD have a mental health disorder?  Living with an invisible disability in itself can cause concerns such as anxiety and depression, but research tells us that people with FASD are already predisposed to mental illness as a result of their prenatal alcohol exposure.  Many individuals have multiple disorders, and may often present concerns starting in early childhood.  Individuals with ASD and other complex developmental disorders also have higher rates of mental illness, though there is much speculation on the reasons behind this correlation.

A majority of Asante Centre clients live with mental health concerns as part of their invisible disability, and benefit from the support we are able to offer to assist them in reaching their full potential.  We strive to increase understanding of mental health concerns as well as to develop resources and programs that show promise in helping individuals with mental health concerns thrive!

Consider supporting our work through Clara’s Big Ride!  Donations made by July 1st have the potential to be matched dollar for dollar, so seize the opportunity today to double your gift!  Then spread the word by sharing the invitation on the Asante Centre's Facebook or Twitter pages!

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Upcoming Events

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Sep 17, 2014
Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Network Meeting
Hosted by FACE Research Network.
Annual national meeting

Oct 15, 2014
Accommodating FASD: Hearts and Minds in the DTES
FASD in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Oct 20 - 21, 2014
2014 Alberta FASD Conference
Hosted by Alberta Government.
FASD prevention, assessment and support

Oct 22 - 24, 2014
Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth & Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Hosted by UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Conference on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Nov 4 - 6, 2014
Consensus Development Conference on Improving Mental Health Transitions
Hosted by Institute of Health Economics.

Nov 5 - 7, 2014
Living Well: FASD and Mental Health
Hosted by Canada Northwest FASD Partnership.
Interconnection of FASD and Mental Health

Mar 4 - 7, 2015
6th International Conference on FASD
Hosted by UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Research: Results and Relevance 2015 - Advance Notice

Trying DifferentlyNEW 4TH EDITION: Trying Differently: A Guide for Daily Living and Working with FASD (FASSY, 2013) $16.95