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It only takes a moment…

February 19th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on It only takes a moment…)

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Open Minds, Open Windows brings hope to the stage

picture 057A Nanaimo-based organization has been working to reduce the stigma and prejudice surrounding people with mental health issues. Open Minds Open Windows Society provides a range of supportive services to people with mental health issues, including the Beautiful Minds Choir (pictured above, from a MySpace page).

Nanaimo’s Open Minds Open Windows is hosting its gala fundraising event “It Only Takes A Moment” on Friday Feb. 27 at the Port Theatre. (more…)

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Concurrent disorders are more widespread than we realize—and in combination they make for unique challenges

Concurrent disorders—the combination of a mental illness and substance use disorder—are much more widespread than many people realize. It is generally estimated that around half of people with an addiction or mental illness will also have the other. People with concurrent disorders often fall through the cracks of the health care system. [Source: BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information] (more…)

Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says)

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A new study published by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has shown that forcing prostitutes out of populated areas and into isolated locations increases violence and the spread of HIV. The most vulnerable were women who had been displaced to outlying areas due to policing or prostitution or drug charges. [Source: The Daily News] (more…)

Finding our way home: Focusing on B.C.’s housing crisis

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Finding our way home: Focusing on B.C.’s housing crisis)

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picture 054A documentary film about homelessness, based on a provincial tour by NDP MLA David Chudnovsky, was screened at a presentation earlier this week in Nanaimo. We speak with NDP MLA David Chudnovsky. (more…)

New needle disposal toolkit promotes safety

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on New needle disposal toolkit promotes safety)

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picture 052Downtown Victoria’s Clean & Safe Committee is providing a safe needle disposal toolkit to share information about the disposal of needles and drug paraphernalia. We speak with Andrea Langlois from AIDS Vancouver Island. (more…)

Homelessness radio on 1,400 U.S. and Canadian stations

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Homelessness radio on 1,400 U.S. and Canadian stations)

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picture 053Radio stations across North America, including CHLY, join 14-hour marathons focused on homelessness and poverty on Mon., Feb. 23. We speak with Jeremy Alderson, the U.S. founder of the Homelessness Marathon, about the event. (more…)