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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM

June 28th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | news & views | people first radio - (Comments Off on Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM)

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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) held its 2017 annual general meeting (AGM) on June 26th. Barnabas Walther, executive director, spoke about the Society’s 40-year history and its expanding continuum of care. Board chairperson Valerie Fulford shared a VIMHS client’s personal story of struggle and success. Newly-elected and continuing board members gathered (image above) after the AGM to plan for the coming year.  Audio: 759_valerie fulford_barnabas walther_VIMHS AGM_june 26_2017_40

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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)