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Young mom confronts risks and taboos of synthetic opioid in new memoir

January 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Young mom confronts risks and taboos of synthetic opioid in new memoir)

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pfr-banner-post-1Amid headlines of overdoses and galloping addiction rates, Carlyn Zwarenstein’s memoir is an outspoken and provocative dispatch from the New Age of Opium

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Why is everyone talking about painkillers, but not about pain?

January 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Why is everyone talking about painkillers, but not about pain?)

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pfr-banner-post-1Brock University professor Dan Malleck says that while concern about addictive painkillers is strong, concern about the broader social causes of pain should be even stronger

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How has media coverage of mental health issues evolved in recent years?

January 17th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on How has media coverage of mental health issues evolved in recent years?)


The media coverage of mental illness is improving by leaps and bounds thanks to those individuals who are brave enough to speak out despite any stigma

Suicide – it’s a word loaded with emotion, tragedy and questions. Until recent years it was a word seldom heard in the news media. Now it’s something that people talk about and is no longer “hidden behind a curtain.”  Read more at Global News…

Is it time to winter-proof your mental health?

January 16th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Is it time to winter-proof your mental health?)

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banner pfrSome people say mid-winter is the most depressing time of year—when cold and dark days, holiday bills, and already-lapsed new year’s resolutions catch up with us

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Lunch and learn in #Nanaimo supports smokers’ quest to quit

January 12th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Lunch and learn in #Nanaimo supports smokers’ quest to quit)

Dr. Derek Poteryko offers workshop to Quit Smoking for Good on Wednesday January 18th in Nanaimo

NANAIMO — Dr. Derek Poteryko wants to help you kick the need for nicotine in 2017.  Dr. Poteryko is Island Health’s Medical Director of Community Health for Nanaimo, and is offering a lunch-and-learn workshop, Quit Smoking for Good, on Wednesday, January 18. “If people are able to quit smoking, their overall health will improve. This workshop will give them the tools they need to get there,” said Dr. Poteryko.

Quit Smoking for Good is part of an ongoing lunch-and-learn series created as part of a wellness partnership between Island Health and the City of Nanaimo. Cost is $2 and the class runs from noon to 12:45 pm at the Beban Park Social Centre at 2300 Bowen Road. Pre-registration is available through the City’s Fall and Winter Activity Guide. To register in advance call (250) 756-5200.

The role of mindfulness in end of life care

January 10th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on The role of mindfulness in end of life care)

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picture-723pfr-banner-post-1Mindfulness assists people with their end of life process by giving them and their caregivers a tool they can use in order to be fully aware of the present moment and their own physical and mental states

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