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Brewing hope

Getting a cup of coffee is something we don't usually think twice about. That simple interaction though means a lot to the baristas at the HOpe Cafe, located inside Lions Gate Hospital's HOpe Centre.

Exploring the unique partnership between a coffee retailer and Canadian Mental Health

Coffee for mental health

Our Vancouver

6 years ago
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We love our coffee on the west coast.  Well here's another reason to grab a cup.

Blenz has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association and Vancouver Coastal Health. They've opened a North Vancouver cafe and staffed it with people who are living with mental illness.

The new location is at the Ho Centre for Psychiatry and Education — or HOpe. Jo-anne McDougall manages the cafe and Sandra Severs is with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

They both spoke to Gloria Macarenko on "Our Vancouver". Have a listen by clicking on the video above.


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