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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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Brentwood College students spend a day focused on mental health and wellness

December 13th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Brentwood College students spend a day focused on mental health and wellness)

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picture 779bpeople first media mixcloudBrentwood College student leaders and counseling staff hold an annual mental health and wellness day to help decrease stigma, increase awareness and promote resiliency

image: Vancouver Island Mental Health Society acting executive director Taryn O’Flanagan with Brentwood College School student Morgan Woodbridge

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Not enough services for mentally ill kids, says family of struggling boy

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Not enough services for mentally ill kids, says family of struggling boy)

png-1019n-jpotma-181“Would we not avoid self medicating and future issues of homelessness and joblessness, plus families being broken and children thrown into foster care, if we took child and teen mental illness more seriously?”

A Mission family with a mentally ill nine-year-old boy is desperately worried about his future, saying there aren’t enough medical or community services to ensure he has a safe, healthy and fulfilling life. [Sue Potma’s son] Josh suffers from several disorders that relentlessly affect his behaviour, leading to suspensions from school, physical confrontations with other children, and his removal from sports teams and summer camps.  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…

Image: Josh Potma, nine, with his parents Sue and Kevin Potma, at their Mission, B.C. home. Jason Payne / PNG

Venerable Sik Yin Kit on end of life care: Our #1 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Venerable Sik Yin Kit on end of life care: Our #1 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017)