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Job Posting: Clinical Manager, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society

February 10th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Job Posting: Clinical Manager, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society)

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) is actively recruiting a dynamic and dedicated manager to provide clinical direction, leadership and supervision to nursing staff, mental health support workers, and volunteers at Vancouver Island Mental Health Society

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 Clinical Manager Job Description here.
Please send your resume and cover letter to: executive.director@vimhs.org or gbaker@vimhs.org

We’re working on a new website…

January 30th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on We’re working on a new website…)

We’re working to revise and replace the current Vancouver Island Mental Health Society website…the one you’re visiting right now.
The faithful WordPress theme we’ve used for years is no longer being updated and must be replaced with a newer model! We’ll be working on this during February and March 2018.
Please be advised that some of the older links (e.g. audio files, images) are no longer functioning at this time.
And in the meantime, stay tuned for our new and improved Vancouver Island Mental Health Society website.

Moms, families: End the failed war on drugs, which is a war on the people we love

February 14th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Moms, families: End the failed war on drugs, which is a war on the people we love)

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people first media mixcloudA network of Canadian mothers and families whose loved ones have died due to substance use, or hope for recovery, envision a new approach based on reducing harm, where people who use drugs are treated with respect, compassion and support

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Land-based service delivery models can enhance hope, belonging, meaning, purpose

February 13th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Land-based service delivery models can enhance hope, belonging, meaning, purpose)

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people first media mixcloudThe Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is educating Canadians about the importance of land-based service delivery models and the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum in providing mental health services–and preparing for and responding to crises–in First Nations

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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society appoints new executive director

February 7th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Vancouver Island Mental Health Society appoints new executive director)

February 6, 2018
To: Staff and Community Partners,
On behalf of our board of directors, I am pleased to announce that Taryn O’Flanagan has been promoted to the position of executive director.
Taryn brings with her over 10 years’ experience with non-profit management, senior management positions, and clinical work in the mental health and addictions field.
Taryn has worked with VIMHS since 2016 where she was the point person for the opening of the Boundary Supportive Housing initiative and Campbell River Sobering and Assessment Centre. Taryn took on the role of interim executive director several months ago and was able to provide support to the very important work done in the Gateway and SIL Program. Taryn has also contributed to community education across Vancouver Island by facilitating Mental Health First Aid workshops.
Taryn has demonstrated her commitment to the Society’s vision of valuing and supporting all people, including those experiencing psychiatric, addiction, and cognitive challenges. Congratulations, Taryn, and best wishes in your new role.
Sincerely,
Valerie Fulford, VIMHS Board of Directors

Image: VIMHS board chair Valerie Fulford, new executive director Taryn O’Flanagan, and VIMHS board vice chair Tiffany Riche

Nanaimo Women March On 2018 emphasized intersectionality, grassroots action

February 7th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Nanaimo Women March On 2018 emphasized intersectionality, grassroots action)

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people first media mixcloudThe second annual Nanaimo Women March On demonstration was held Saturday January 20, 2018, with an emphasis on intersectionality and the prevention of violence against women

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Annual Eating Disorders Awareness campaigns launch February 1st

January 30th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in awareness | people first media - (Comments Off on Annual Eating Disorders Awareness campaigns launch February 1st)

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picture 788bpeople first media mixcloudAnnual Eating Disorders Awareness campaigns are launched across Canada during the first week of February. British Columbia’s campaign will focus on orthorexia — an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating

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