Breaking down barriers — 1 cup at a time

Willow Bean Café in Vancouver supports employees with mental health issues
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/03/2013

Employment opportunities can be hard to come by when you’re suffering from a mental illness. Stigma is still alive and well, and barriers to traditional employment discourage many people with mental health issues from rejoining the workforce.

Those are a few of the reasons why the Willow Bean Café came to be. A mental health supportive employment program, the café was created through a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health, the Vancouver-Burnaby branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Sodexo Canada.