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Currents newsletter for February 2018

February 27th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | news & views - (Comments Off on Currents newsletter for February 2018)

currents_february 2018In this issue of Currents…Vancouver Island Mental Health Society board of directors promotes Taryn O’Flanagan to the position of executive director…National conference on substance use and addiction held in Calgary…Annual eating disorders awareness campaigns launched February 1st…Nanaimo Women March on 2018 was held on January 20th—and VIMHS provided technical support, radio coverage and awareness through People First Media…Students and mental health awareness…generous donors…sobering centre stats…affordable housing…and more news.
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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

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.

A hopeful moment in the fight against mental illness

January 14th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on A hopeful moment in the fight against mental illness)

catherine_zahn.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x724The $100-million donation to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from an anonymous benefactor is an extraordinary gift to the people of this city and beyond. It is also a symbol of a welcome cultural shift in how we approach a defining public health challenge that we have for too long ignored.  Read the rest of this article at The Toronto Star…

Image of CAMH CEO Catherine Zahn by Vince Talotta, Toronto Star

For better mental-health care in Canada, look to Britain

December 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on For better mental-health care in Canada, look to Britain)

David Gratzer is a psychiatrist at CAMH. David Goldbloom is a psychiatrist, senior medical adviser at CAMH, and past chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

It may be the biggest change to mental-health-care services in five decades. Earlier this month, Quebec Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette announced that his province would publicly fund psychotherapy for people with depression and anxiety provided by psychologists, nurses and social workers. Ontario made a similar, if smaller, promise earlier this year and other provinces are considering similar initiatives. But how can we turn these big promises into big help for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who could benefit? Two words of advice: go British.

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