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Shave for mental health event April 14th, 2018 at Studio 10 Salon in Campbell River

March 16th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | fundraising - (Comments Off on Shave for mental health event April 14th, 2018 at Studio 10 Salon in Campbell River)

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In support of Mental Health, Tina and Craig Herman will be at Studio 10 Salon, in Campbell River, shaving all their head hair off on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00am. Mental illness has affected family and relatives of Tina and Craig. This is an issue that is very important in their lives. Tina’s hair will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation. Please support Tina and Craig by donating to the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society. Studio 10 Salon is located at 1191 Shoppers Row, Campbell River (phone 250 830 1002).

Currents newsletter for February 2018

February 27th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | news & views - (Comments Off on Currents newsletter for February 2018)

currents_february 2018In this issue of Currents…Vancouver Island Mental Health Society board of directors promotes Taryn O’Flanagan to the position of executive director…National conference on substance use and addiction held in Calgary…Annual eating disorders awareness campaigns launched February 1st…Nanaimo Women March on 2018 was held on January 20th—and VIMHS provided technical support, radio coverage and awareness through People First Media…Students and mental health awareness…generous donors…sobering centre stats…affordable housing…and more news.
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Moms, families: End the failed war on drugs, which is a war on the people we love

February 14th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Moms, families: End the failed war on drugs, which is a war on the people we love)

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people first media mixcloudA network of Canadian mothers and families whose loved ones have died due to substance use, or hope for recovery, envision a new approach based on reducing harm, where people who use drugs are treated with respect, compassion and support

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Land-based service delivery models can enhance hope, belonging, meaning, purpose

February 13th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Land-based service delivery models can enhance hope, belonging, meaning, purpose)

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people first media mixcloudThe Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is educating Canadians about the importance of land-based service delivery models and the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum in providing mental health services–and preparing for and responding to crises–in First Nations

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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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