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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society appoints new executive director

February 7th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Vancouver Island Mental Health Society appoints new executive director)

February 6, 2018
To: Staff and Community Partners,
On behalf of our board of directors, I am pleased to announce that Taryn O’Flanagan has been promoted to the position of executive director.
Taryn brings with her over 10 years’ experience with non-profit management, senior management positions, and clinical work in the mental health and addictions field.
Taryn has worked with VIMHS since 2016 where she was the point person for the opening of the Boundary Supportive Housing initiative and Campbell River Sobering and Assessment Centre. Taryn took on the role of interim executive director several months ago and was able to provide support to the very important work done in the Gateway and SIL Program. Taryn has also contributed to community education across Vancouver Island by facilitating Mental Health First Aid workshops.
Taryn has demonstrated her commitment to the Society’s vision of valuing and supporting all people, including those experiencing psychiatric, addiction, and cognitive challenges. Congratulations, Taryn, and best wishes in your new role.
Sincerely,
Valerie Fulford, VIMHS Board of Directors

Image: VIMHS board chair Valerie Fulford, new executive director Taryn O’Flanagan, and VIMHS board vice chair Tiffany Riche

Nanaimo Women March On 2018 emphasized intersectionality, grassroots action

February 7th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Nanaimo Women March On 2018 emphasized intersectionality, grassroots action)

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people first media mixcloudThe second annual Nanaimo Women March On demonstration was held Saturday January 20, 2018, with an emphasis on intersectionality and the prevention of violence against women

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Annual Eating Disorders Awareness campaigns launch February 1st

January 30th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in awareness | people first media - (Comments Off on Annual Eating Disorders Awareness campaigns launch February 1st)

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picture 788bpeople first media mixcloudAnnual Eating Disorders Awareness campaigns are launched across Canada during the first week of February. British Columbia’s campaign will focus on orthorexia — an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating

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We’re working on a new website…

January 30th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on We’re working on a new website…)

We’re working to revise and replace the current Vancouver Island Mental Health Society website…the one you’re visiting right now.
The faithful WordPress theme we’ve used for years is no longer being updated and must be replaced with a newer model! We’ll be working on this during February and March 2018.
Please be advised that some of the older links (e.g. audio files, images) are no longer functioning at this time.
And in the meantime, stay tuned for our new and improved Vancouver Island Mental Health Society website.

12 step recovery programs can help some, but not all, recover from addictions

January 22nd, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on 12 step recovery programs can help some, but not all, recover from addictions)

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Although the 12-step approach to recovery from alcoholism and addiction can be beneficial for some people, not everyone is comfortable with some of the more spiritual aspects of the programs

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Mike Pond on harm reduction in the treatment of alcohol addiction

January 22nd, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Mike Pond on harm reduction in the treatment of alcohol addiction)

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people first media mixcloudThirty years of professional practice, combined with his own life-threatening battle with alcohol, convinced Michael Pond that harm reduction, “any positive change,” offers clients the best chance at beating addictions

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