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Junior hockey player Myles Mattila is a widely-recognized mental health ambassador

October 16th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Junior hockey player Myles Mattila is a widely-recognized mental health ambassador)

picture 767people first media mixcloud18-year-old hockey player Myles Mattila has been recognized by the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association for promoting education and awareness about mental health issues among young athletes

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Survey of Alberta’s trans youth finds safety, violence, discrimination are major issues

October 16th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Survey of Alberta’s trans youth finds safety, violence, discrimination are major issues)

people first media mixcloudTrans youth report significant stress and mental health challenges, a profound lack of safety in navigating their daily lives, barriers to supportive health care, and worrying rates of poverty. Yet, there is immense hope.

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Opinion: During Homelessness Action Week, it’s time to take action

October 12th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Opinion: During Homelessness Action Week, it’s time to take action)

homelessness action weekPrograms which address homelessness first, then provide supports, are more effective and economical than those requiring people to meet milestones (such as sobriety) prior to being housed

Lethargy is an easy pitfall when considering the issue of homelessness in B.C. We have a societal malaise from decades of inadequate government inertia and the feelings of futility that follow. We become accustomed to stepping past our fellow citizens, huddled under awnings and in doorways. We start to accept that this is “just the way things are.”  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…

[image: A homeless camp in Vancouver this past summer. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG]

Mental Illness Awareness Week October 1-7 — Days 6 & 7

October 7th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in awareness | events - (Comments Off on Mental Illness Awareness Week October 1-7 — Days 6 & 7)

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Mental Illness Awareness Week October 1-7 — Days 4 & 5

October 5th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in awareness | events - (Comments Off on Mental Illness Awareness Week October 1-7 — Days 4 & 5)

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