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Well-being Economy Highlighted as Island Community Mental Health Joins Greater Victoria’s Economic Development Agency

By November 30, 2023No Comments

 South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) is proud to announce the addition of Island Community Mental Health Association (ICMHA) as the newest regional economic development agency member.

For more than six decades, ICMHA has been a beacon of hope and support in the Capital Regional District, offering an array of rehabilitation services to adults battling mental health disorders. Serving more than 800 people a year, ICMHA underlines the critical link between mental health and overall community well-being.

“We are pleased to welcome ICMHA as our newest SIPP member,” says Emilie de Rosenroll, Group CEO of SIPP. “We know the measure of a healthy economy goes beyond GDP — it includes well-being as an important economic determinant as well. Having ICMH as a SIPP member underscores the importance of the well-being economy and will deepen our knowledge to benefit our region.”

“ICMHA is excited to expand its community to include the South Island Prosperity Partnership,” says ICMHA Executive Director Chris Forester. “It’s through relationships that we create a community —  and in community, we find solutions to our collective challenges. We are excited to bring our work as a community-based mental health serving non-profit to this network of like-minded local business partners to increase our impact and work collaboratively to address our region’s mental health support needs.”

The partnership between ICMHA and SIPP is an important step towards incorporating mental wellness into the region’s economic goals, ensuring a holistic approach to the prosperity and health of the community. ICMHA is the newest addition to SIPP’s 70+ member collaborative organization. Across the South Island, this membership includes 10 municipal governments, nine First Nations, three post-secondaries, along with major regional employers, industry associations and nonprofits.