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“I’m proud to say I’m a woman in long-term recovery”

January 21st, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on “I’m proud to say I’m a woman in long-term recovery”)

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people first media mixcloudAnn Dowsett-Johnston, journalist and author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, says that there are three main factors that influence how people drink: marketing, pricing and accessibility

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Gender-based analysis of drinking behaviours among university students

January 21st, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Gender-based analysis of drinking behaviours among university students)

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picture 769people first media mixcloudSocial expectations of what male and female students should or should not do with respect to their own gender identities and gender relations directly affects their drinking patterns and health seeking behaviours

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Is it time to winter-proof your mental health?

January 15th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Is it time to winter-proof your mental health?)

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banner pfrSome people say mid-winter is the most depressing time of year—when cold and dark days, holiday bills, and already-lapsed new year’s resolutions catch up with us

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A hopeful moment in the fight against mental illness

January 14th, 2018 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on A hopeful moment in the fight against mental illness)

catherine_zahn.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x724The $100-million donation to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from an anonymous benefactor is an extraordinary gift to the people of this city and beyond. It is also a symbol of a welcome cultural shift in how we approach a defining public health challenge that we have for too long ignored.  Read the rest of this article at The Toronto Star…

Image of CAMH CEO Catherine Zahn by Vince Talotta, Toronto Star

For better mental-health care in Canada, look to Britain

December 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on For better mental-health care in Canada, look to Britain)

David Gratzer is a psychiatrist at CAMH. David Goldbloom is a psychiatrist, senior medical adviser at CAMH, and past chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

It may be the biggest change to mental-health-care services in five decades. Earlier this month, Quebec Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette announced that his province would publicly fund psychotherapy for people with depression and anxiety provided by psychologists, nurses and social workers. Ontario made a similar, if smaller, promise earlier this year and other provinces are considering similar initiatives. But how can we turn these big promises into big help for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who could benefit? Two words of advice: go British.

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Anxiety, depression and the mental health continuum

December 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Anxiety, depression and the mental health continuum)

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picture 777people first media mixcloudVIMHS acting executive director Taryn O’Flanagan presents a talk titled The Mental Health Continuum, Depression and Anxiety: Effective ways of coping and supporting one another

Image: Taryn O’Flanagan speaking at Brentwood College School on November 29, 2017

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