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Anxiety, depression and the mental health continuum

December 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Anxiety, depression and the mental health continuum)

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picture 777people first media mixcloudVIMHS acting executive director Taryn O’Flanagan presents a talk titled The Mental Health Continuum, Depression and Anxiety: Effective ways of coping and supporting one another

Image: Taryn O’Flanagan speaking at Brentwood College School on November 29, 2017

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Brentwood College students spend a day focused on mental health and wellness

December 13th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Brentwood College students spend a day focused on mental health and wellness)

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picture 779bpeople first media mixcloudBrentwood College student leaders and counseling staff hold an annual mental health and wellness day to help decrease stigma, increase awareness and promote resiliency

image: Vancouver Island Mental Health Society acting executive director Taryn O’Flanagan with Brentwood College School student Morgan Woodbridge

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Not enough services for mentally ill kids, says family of struggling boy

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Not enough services for mentally ill kids, says family of struggling boy)

png-1019n-jpotma-181“Would we not avoid self medicating and future issues of homelessness and joblessness, plus families being broken and children thrown into foster care, if we took child and teen mental illness more seriously?”

A Mission family with a mentally ill nine-year-old boy is desperately worried about his future, saying there aren’t enough medical or community services to ensure he has a safe, healthy and fulfilling life. [Sue Potma’s son] Josh suffers from several disorders that relentlessly affect his behaviour, leading to suspensions from school, physical confrontations with other children, and his removal from sports teams and summer camps.  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…

Image: Josh Potma, nine, with his parents Sue and Kevin Potma, at their Mission, B.C. home. Jason Payne / PNG

Venerable Sik Yin Kit on end of life care: Our #1 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Venerable Sik Yin Kit on end of life care: Our #1 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017)

Carlyn Zwarenstein on pain and opioids: Our #2 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Carlyn Zwarenstein on pain and opioids: Our #2 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017)

British Columbia’s Mental Health Act violates charter rights: report

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on British Columbia’s Mental Health Act violates charter rights: report)

British Columbia routinely violates the rights of people in mental-health detention by subjecting them to involuntary treatments, “discipline” through solitary confinement and restraints and not offering legal aid at the time of admission, according to a new report

The report, authored by lawyer Laura Johnston at the Community Legal Assistance Society and released on Wednesday, shows that a lapse in mental well-being can lead to a violation of one’s Charter rights in B.C.’s mental-health detention system. While comparable mental-health tribunals in other Canadian provinces and territories produce annual reports on practices, performance measures, training and outcomes, B.C.’s Mental Health Review Board produces no such report.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

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