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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society announces departure of executive director

July 29th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Vancouver Island Mental Health Society announces departure of executive director)

July 28, 2017 — To our community partners:
After three and a half years, our executive director, Barnabas Walther will be leaving Vancouver Island Mental Health Society.  On behalf of the board of directors we would like to thank Barnabas for the contributions he has made as executive director and wish him well in his future endeavours.
This change takes effect immediately.  As we transition, clinical manager Taryn O’Flanagan will be the management contact person. Taryn can be reached by phone at 250-758-8711 or by email at clinical.manager@vimhs.org.
Our organization remains committed to excellence in psychosocial rehabilitation for adults with mental health and addictions concerns and/or cognitive challenges.  We remain committed to engage communities through programs that promote recovery, social inclusion, safe housing and public education.
Over our 40 year history, our community partners have been an integral part of our reaching our goals.  We thank you for your continued support.
Sincerely, Valerie Fulford, President, Board of Directors

Dr. Diane McIntosh: Fentanyl crisis is largely a mental-health problem

August 13th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Dr. Diane McIntosh: Fentanyl crisis is largely a mental-health problem)

png-0610n-balmoral-1971Whether due to stigma, poor insight, hopelessness or lack of access to care, many people who are mentally ill suffer in silence, sometimes for years [image: Jason Payne]

We’re in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, with fentanyl-related overdoses causing the death of thousands of Canadians. I believe this crisis is due, to a great extent, to the wilful blindness of all levels of government to the inadequate resourcing of mental-health care.  Read the rest of this article at The Province…

Understanding #addiction: online program for non-specialists and volunteers

August 1st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Understanding #addiction: online program for non-specialists and volunteers)

Staggering cost of homelessness symptom of ‘inadequate services’ for mentally ill

August 1st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Staggering cost of homelessness symptom of ‘inadequate services’ for mentally ill)

The cost of providing services for homeless people with mental illness is so high that Canadian researchers are calling on policy-makers to seek alternatives

BC’s new minister of mental health and addictions to “pour heart and soul” into job

July 31st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on BC’s new minister of mental health and addictions to “pour heart and soul” into job)

judy darcy youtube“We don’t have a co-ordinated, seamless system and that’s what we need. Addiction issues often stem from mental health issues, from poverty and homelessness. I have a background that takes a broad view of these things.”

Last week, B.C. premier John Horgan appointed Judy Darcy as “minister of mental health and addictions.” It’s a brand new ministry that doesn’t even have a budget yet. Darcy is a former national president of the 500,000-member Canadian Union of Public Employees. Health Issues reporter Pamela Fayerman interviewed her by phone.  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…

Sensitivity grows for workplace mental illness

July 4th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Sensitivity grows for workplace mental illness)

Tags cloud. Schizophrenia relative brochureThe idea is to create acceptance and to normalize the care of mental health in the workplace, the place where many people spend the majority of their waking hours

Every week, half a million workers in Canada call in sick because of mental health problems. This can run the gamut from anxiety and depression that workers carry with them from their lives outside work to conditions caused or worsened by the workplace.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…