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Pink Shirt Day brings awareness to bullying

February 22nd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Pink Shirt Day brings awareness to bullying)


Nanaimo-based hip hop artist Matt Dunae (Sirreal) and Jona Kristinsson re-release “Words Like Weapons”

Drug users, advocates demand faster action on overdose crisis

February 21st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Drug users, advocates demand faster action on overdose crisis)

851x567xPAGE1.Wong.jpg.pagespeed.ic.2zG7lIAyHkDay of Action follows many recent steps taken by drug user communities and harm reduction advocates to share knowledge, increase frontline supports and cope with the grief of losing loved ones as fentanyl helps fuel an overdose crisis

Drug users and their allies are gathering in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at noon today to call for an end to the overdose epidemic that killed 1,038 British Columbians in the last 12 months. The Vancouver rally is one of seven across Canada [including Nanaimo] where participants are calling on the federal government to decriminalize drug possession and work towards legalizing and regulating illicit drugs. Drug users are also calling on the government to include them in making decisions that impact their lives.  Read the rest of this article at The Tyee…

Ontario politicians are opening up about their own mental health

February 16th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Ontario politicians are opening up about their own mental health)

northern-development-and-mines-minister-michael-gravelle-filThe Ontario legislature is becoming a place where MPPs are comfortable with acknowledging they are coping with depression or other forms of mental illness. This is a pretty remarkable thing, and is worth pausing to consider.

The example this week came from cabinet minister Michael Gravelle, who released a blunt, poignant statement about the mental-health struggles he’s had, and why he needs to temporarily step down from his position as the mining and northern development minister.  Read the rest of this op-ed at The Ottawa Citizen…
Image: Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle. Reg Clayton/Daily Miner and News

Buddhist nun Yin Kit teaches mindfulness meditation to prisoners in the Fraser Valley

February 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Buddhist nun Yin Kit teaches mindfulness meditation to prisoners in the Fraser Valley)

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pfr-banner-post-1“If you constantly think of it as a prison cell it’s always duhkha—suffering. But if you turn it into a meditation cell, then at least for a moment you will have a glimpse of freedom and joy, because you let go of that negativity.”

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Exploring resilience in the practice of informal caregiving

February 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Exploring resilience in the practice of informal caregiving)

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pfr-banner-post-1Despite the risk for the onset of burden, some informal caregivers manage challenges quite well and demonstrate a certain degree of resilience. What does resilience look like among those providing care to dying individuals?

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Beyond harm reduction

February 12th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Beyond harm reduction)

beyond-harm10nw2.JPGSixteen years after Vancouver formally adopted a ‘four pillars’ approach to drug strategy, the city – and the province – finds itself in the grip of an overdose crisis, reports Andrea Woo

More than 900 people died of illicit drug overdoses in this province last year – the highest such death toll on record. The powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl was confirmed in around 60 per cent of these deaths, and carfentanil – an animal tranquilizer many times more toxic than even fentanyl – is suspected in a recent surge of overdose deaths.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…