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Currents newsletter for October 2017

October 24th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter - (Comments Off on Currents newsletter for October 2017)

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In this month’s Currents…Community good will goes a long way to help VIMHS residents…Anne Turner’s journey with art therapy gets public viewing…VIMHS opens 9-bed sobering centre in Campbell River…VIMHS joined the 2017 suicide prevention awareness campaigns…Peter Giovando retires from the VIMHS board of directors…Growing up with a parent with mental illness: Natasha Box’s story…Service expansion…new workshops…strategic planning…and more news.
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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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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)

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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’

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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)

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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]

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Official Opening Canceled

June 6th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | uncategorized - (Comments Off on Official Opening Canceled)

boundary-crescent-700x310On page two of our Spring Issue of Currents, we reported the official opening of Boundary Crescent would take place on June 8th, 2016 at 1:00 pm and that Minister Stilwell and Mayor Bill McKay would be in attendance. Unfortunately, the opening has been canceled until further notice. As soon as we have a new date, we will let you know!

Thank you for your understanding.

What’s the buzz about social determinants?

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter - (Comments Off on What’s the buzz about social determinants?)

Read all about it in the latest Columbian Centre Currents newsletter

currents autumn 2013Since mental disorders and addictions are usually consigned to the healthcare domain, it is not surprising that most attention is channeled into the notion of illness and the medications which are employed to mitigate symptoms. However, “the primary factors that shape the health of Canadians are not medical treatments or lifestyle choices but rather the living conditions they experience. These conditions have come to be known as the social determinants of health.” (Mikkonen, J. & Raphael D. Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts, 2010).  Read this article and others in the autumn issue of Currents (opens to PDF).