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Butting out is good for mental health patients, too

June 26th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Butting out is good for mental health patients, too)

Some studies have shown that nicotine has antidepressant and antipsychotic properties, and some psychiatrists say it’s best to let people admitted to the psychiatric ward continue to smoke during their stay

People with a mental health disorder are two to four times more likely to smoke cigarettes than those who don’t.  Hospitals have banned smoking on and off the premises.  At many hospitals, the policy excludes psychiatric patients.  A new study says it’s time for a re-think.  Read the rest of this post at CBC…

Expressing the individual’s right to die: Bill C-14 and Taylor’s “modern moral order”

June 21st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Expressing the individual’s right to die: Bill C-14 and Taylor’s “modern moral order”)

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pfr-banner-post-1The importance of the rights and obligations individuals have to one another is now accompanied by an emphasis on the right of individuals to live authentically

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Post-secondary schools see surge in demand for mental health services

June 19th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Post-secondary schools see surge in demand for mental health services)

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pfr-banner-post-1“Unprecedented demand for mental health services among young people today is raising alarm among medical experts and transforming the financial plans of universities, businesses and governments”

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day)

National group releases first-ever report highlighting substance use recovery in Canada

June 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on National group releases first-ever report highlighting substance use recovery in Canada)

picture 681“It is now up to all of us to take this information and translate it into action to ensure that those positive outcomes are available to all who are in active addiction”

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) (formerly the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse) and the National Recovery Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the findings from the first-ever Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada survey. This report compiles the results of a survey of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs, and shows that recovery is linked to positive citizenship — engagement with family, friends, the community and the workforce.

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Being John Keats

June 12th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Being John Keats)

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picture 753pfr-banner-post-1“For Keats, it is only our acceptance of the suffering that is an inevitable part of life, and death, that can really open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us, thereby enabling us to grow”

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