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Job Posting: Executive Director, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Job Posting: Executive Director, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society)

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) is actively recruiting a dynamic and dedicated Executive Director to support the expansion of the Society’s partnership and programming in the context of its mission.

VIMHS is a registered charitable non-profit Society, celebrating its 40th year in providing psychosocial rehabilitation for adults with mental health and addiction concerns, and/or cognitive challenges. VIMHS currently owns and operates five facilities​ ​in​ ​Nanaimo​ ​and​ ​leases​ ​one​ ​facility​ ​in​ ​Campbell​ ​River,​ ​B.C.
Read the job posting here.   Read the job description here.
Resumes will be accepted by email​ ​at​ ​​recruitment@vimhs.org​​ ​until​ ​November​ ​30,​ ​2017.

B.C. government announces new mental-health and addiction centre at Riverview lands

November 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on B.C. government announces new mental-health and addiction centre at Riverview lands)

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The B.C. government will reopen the Riverview psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam as a 105-bed, mental-health and addiction-wellness centre, but the B.C. Schizophrenia Society believes losing the beds at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction is unfortunate.

The new centre is expected to open in late 2019, replacing the current Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. The new centre, which was already promised by the former Liberal government in 2015, adds only 11 beds.  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…

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Currents newsletter for October 2017

October 24th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter - (Comments Off on Currents newsletter for October 2017)

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In this month’s Currents…Community good will goes a long way to help VIMHS residents…Anne Turner’s journey with art therapy gets public viewing…VIMHS opens 9-bed sobering centre in Campbell River…VIMHS joined the 2017 suicide prevention awareness campaigns…Peter Giovando retires from the VIMHS board of directors…Growing up with a parent with mental illness: Natasha Box’s story…Service expansion…new workshops…strategic planning…and more news.
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Invisible angels

October 20th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Invisible angels)

youngcarers19lf4245Most kids their age would be involved in after-school activities or hanging out at the mall. These adolescents, however, go home to look after a family member with a physical or mental disability. Their contributions are largely unheralded, Elizabeth Renzetti writes, and many have complex needs of their own

Abbigail Wright-Gourlay’s life is different from the average 14-year-old’s. She babysits and has a paper route, two things that are common enough for a teenager. On top of those jobs, though, she has another, much less visible one: She is a caregiver to her twin brother, Andrew.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

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)

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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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