Supportive homes and communities
Header

Graphic novelist Von Allan revisits childhood challenges for documentary film

September 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Graphic novelist Von Allan revisits childhood challenges for documentary film)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

people first media mixcloud“As a small child, Von Allan had to cope with poverty, bullying, loneliness and his mother’s severe mental health problems” but he found a way to cope; now his creativity speaks volumes

(more…)

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)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

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

(more…)

Return to school doesn’t have to mean a return to bullying

September 8th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Return to school doesn’t have to mean a return to bullying)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

picture 623dpfr banner workingThe definitive guide to bullying prevention and intervention, by best-selling author Barbara Coloroso, provides real solutions for a problem that affects young people all over the world

(more…)

Anne Turner’s recovery-based exploration of art draws community recognition

August 31st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | people first media - (Comments Off on Anne Turner’s recovery-based exploration of art draws community recognition)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

picture 761pfr-banner-post-1Anne Turner credits art therapy with helping her move through various mental health challenges. One of her paintings has taken a prime spot in Nanaimo’s ‘gallery row’

(more…)

VIMHS Campbell River centre helps people struggling with substance use & addiction

August 29th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on VIMHS Campbell River centre helps people struggling with substance use & addiction)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

picture 760pfr-banner-post-1Vancouver Island Mental Health Society’s sobering and assessment centre provides front line help 24/7 for people struggling with substance abuse and addiction [image: centre coordinator Kevin James]

(more…)

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM

June 28th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) held its 2017 annual general meeting (AGM) on June 26th. Barnabas Walther, executive director, spoke about the Society’s 40-year history and its expanding continuum of care. Board chairperson Valerie Fulford shared a VIMHS client’s personal story of struggle and success. Newly-elected and continuing board members gathered (image above) after the AGM to plan for the coming year.  Audio: 759_valerie fulford_barnabas walther_VIMHS AGM_june 26_2017_40