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Hearing others’ stories, sharing experiences, can build resilience for youth in treatment

March 7th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Hearing others’ stories, sharing experiences, can build resilience for youth in treatment)

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pfr-banner-post-1“Our study provides a window into what young people think about the mental health services they receive and what they feel helps and hinders their well-being…feedback will lead to…services that they will find engaging, meaningful and effective”

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Ketamine offers new hope for patients with severe depression

March 6th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Ketamine offers new hope for patients with severe depression)

Inspired by promising research into ketamine’s therapeutic effects, people are swapping strategies online on how to use the drug to ease their despair. Could ‘Special K’ be a panacea for depression?

John woke up one morning feeling almost like his old self. He got out of bed, took a shower and, for the first time in a long time, felt as though this day would not be his last. His suicidal thoughts had faded overnight. The previous morning, the 50-year-old Ottawa father of three was given his first intravenous infusion of the drug ketamine as part of a trial for people with treatment-resistant depression.  Read the rest at The Globe and Mail…

16-hour video game binges almost ruined Calgary teen’s life

March 5th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on 16-hour video game binges almost ruined Calgary teen’s life)

cam-adair-with-controller.jpg.size.custom.crop.886x650After an addiction to gaming brought on depression, family problems and a wish to end his life, Cam Adair finally broke free

Cam Adair is one of a growing number of young people in North America and beyond, particularly boys, who are addicted to video games. The proportion of Ontario students with symptoms of a video gaming problem in 2015 was 13 per cent, compared to 9 per cent in 2007, according to a health survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. (It defined symptoms as “preoccupation, tolerance, loss of control, withdrawal, escape, disregard for consequences, disruption to family/school.”) And boys are four times more likely than females to exhibit problem gaming, CAMH says.  Read this article at The Toronto Star…

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)

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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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