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Facebook adds suicide prevention tools, including live chat and AI for reporting

March 1st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Facebook adds suicide prevention tools, including live chat and AI for reporting)

ssi-live-broadcaster-support“Today we’re updating the tools and resources we offer to people who may be thinking of suicide, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members: Integrated suicide prevention tools to help people in real time on Facebook Live; Live chat support from crisis support organizations through Messenger; Streamlined reporting for suicide, assisted by artificial intelligence”

There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds. Experts say that one of the best ways to prevent suicide is for those in distress to hear from people who care about them. Facebook is in a unique position — through friendships on the site — to help connect a person in distress with people who can support them. It’s part of our ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook.  Read the rest of this post at Facebook Newsroom…

BC’s lower mainland mayors say homelessness is in a ‘state of crisis’

February 28th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on BC’s lower mainland mayors say homelessness is in a ‘state of crisis’)

CAH-6129“What we need is an actual plan”: Lower Mainland mayors say homelessness has reached a “state of crisis,” with more than 4,000 people in need of housing and more than 70 homeless camps in operation

Metro Vancouver’s homelessness task force released a report [revealing that] 80 per cent of homeless people in the region have a chronic health issue. Forty-nine per cent have an addiction and 34 per cent suffer from mental illness. Thirty-one per cent of homeless people are of First Nations descent, despite the fact First Nations comprise 3 per cent of the region’s overall population.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

People who use drugs demand a say in fentanyl overdose responses

February 27th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on People who use drugs demand a say in fentanyl overdose responses)

picture 740pfr-banner-post-1“There’s a common public misconception that we are unable to make decisions for ourselves. Truth being we are excluded from even participating in policy decisions that determine our fates”

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UBC study on what works (and doesn’t) for young-adult mental health treatment

February 27th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on UBC study on what works (and doesn’t) for young-adult mental health treatment)

A participant known as Nelson said he had hopes of going into acting, but was disappointed when a counsellor set him up with a theatre company dedicated to “people affected by mental illness”

A recently published UBC study reveals some moving insights into what works and what doesn’t when it comes to treating mental illness in Metro Vancouver youth. Shalini Lal conducted the study between November 2010 and March 2012 as part of her PhD while she was at the University of B.C. studying rehabilitation sciences. The qualitative study was published recently in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…

Nanaimo demonstration and march part of National Day of Action on overdose crisis

February 26th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Nanaimo demonstration and march part of National Day of Action on overdose crisis)

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picture 739pfr-banner-post-1Concerned citizens march in Nanaimo on February 21, 2017, in solidarity with cities across Canada struggling with effective responses to the growing opioid overdose crisis

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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”