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Young adults with autism more likely to have psychiatric problems: study

September 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | research - (Comments Off on Young adults with autism more likely to have psychiatric problems: study)

main-autism12lf1Researcher suggests findings highlight a need to focus on mental health care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder [photo by Chloe Ellingson/The Globe and Mail]

Kyle Echakowitz says his transition from high school to college was not just stressful, it was downright “scary.” Becoming a postsecondary student meant having to learn how to manage his time, figure out a course load he could handle and advocate for himself. The switch was particularly daunting for Echakowitz, who has Asperger syndrome (now included in the diagnosis for autism spectrum disorder, or ASD), as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

Community steps up to donate, install much-needed new beds at VIMHS houses

September 11th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | fundraising | news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Community steps up to donate, install much-needed new beds at VIMHS houses)

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picture 762pfr-banner-post-1Members of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo, along with Sleep Country Canada and individual donors, have made a tremendous difference in the lives of Vancouver Island Mental Health residents

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Why making art is the new meditation

September 10th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Why making art is the new meditation)

picture 326“Art is a guarantee to sanity,” said Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist who died in 2010 at the age of 98. She even went on to add, “…This is the most important thing I have said.” For Bourgeois, art — making art — was a tool for coping with overwhelming emotion

Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do.  Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings.  Read the rest of this article at The Washington Post…

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Mom observes son’s birthday in grief on International Overdose Awareness Day

September 1st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Mom observes son’s birthday in grief on International Overdose Awareness Day)

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Brett Colton Mercer was born in Nanaimo on Aug. 31, 1987, to loving parents who eventually had five children. He died Aug. 19, 2017, of an accidental drug overdose, alone in a motel room in Hope, where he had recently landed a job with an oil and gas firm. Guardiero learned of his death two days later, after she was unable to contact him. She had just finished hiking Mount Horne with her daughter when she got a phone call from her other son urging her to get home immediately.  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…