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Suicide awareness

September 3rd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Suicide awareness)

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Focus on a major preventable cause of premature death

picture 123Suicide is a leading cause of death for people worldwide, and one of the three leading causes of death for young people under 25. Suicide has biological, cultural, social and psychological risk factors but despite its often complex origins, suicide can be prevented. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity for all sectors of the community to focus public attention on the unacceptable burden and costs of suicidal behaviours and promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities. (more…)

In the footsteps of the ancestors

September 3rd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on In the footsteps of the ancestors)

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Local island summer camp focuses on Métis youth and culture

picture 122Fifteen Métis communities across British Columbia were funded this summer to create a variety of youth projects. The projects focused on life skills, health, and personal, cultural, community and leadership development, among other objectives. Danielle Welch, with Mid-Island Métis Nation in Nanaimo, organized an interactive and educational camp on Vancouver Island. The culturally-focused camp was the first initiative of its kind and attracted 16 youths from Victoria to Courtenay. [Source: Nanaimo Daily News] (more…)

Just homeless and Aboriginal?

August 27th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Just homeless and Aboriginal?)

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Curtis Brick’s tragic death raises the issue of systemic racism

picture 121Curtis Brick died last month after lying in the sun at a Vancouver park on one of the hottest days the city had seen all summer. Curtis Brick was a homeless aboriginal man. Though the park was filled with people, he lay for seven hours until an aboriginal outreach worker intervened and called 911. Now questions about the way Curtis Brick was treated by emergency personnel has advocates calling for a coroner’s inquiry. (more…)

The recognition of addiction as a chronic illness

August 20th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The recognition of addiction as a chronic illness)

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picture 120The British Columbia Medical Association has called for a full continuum of care for addictions in B.C. A policy paper released earlier this year also recommends that addiction be officially recognized by government as a chronic illness.

We speak with Dr. Shao-Hua Lu, the paper’s lead author and chair of BCMA’s Council on Health Promotion.

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Good neighbours get together

August 13th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | people first media - (Comments Off on Good neighbours get together)

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Block Party underscores importance of connection, citizenship, locality

picture 118On Saturday August 8th, 2009, members of Nanaimo’s Diver Lake Community, and other neighbours, were invited to a block party called Neighbours Being Neighbours. It was hosted by Columbian Centre Society along with a large group of community and business partners including the Nanaimo Theatre Group and Surfside Recovery House. (more…)

Humanities for everyone

August 6th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Humanities for everyone)

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Vancouver Island University’s Clemente course preps for fall

picture 117The Clemente Course in the Humanities, first offered at Bard College in the U.S., grew out of the disturbing fact that many low-income residents have had limited access to college education and no opportunity to study the humanities. Since its introduction to Vancouver Island University, the course teaches literature, philosophy and art history to people at risk of homelessness, physical and mental illness and addiction. The Clemente concept is based in part on the belief that the humanities are key to fostering citizenship. (more…)