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Study asks people using drugs to shape their primary care

June 6th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Study asks people using drugs to shape their primary care)

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pfr-banner-post-1Primary health care delivered with understanding and compassion for people who use drugs is the focus of a new Greater Victoria patient-oriented research study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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Intimations of mortality: Previews of the end

June 5th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Intimations of mortality: Previews of the end)

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pfr-banner-post-1If the human obsession with achievement is a subconscious attempt to deny–and transcend–mortality, what impact does it have on our beliefs, philosophies and societies?

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It’s time to recognize mental health as essential to physical health

May 31st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on It’s time to recognize mental health as essential to physical health)

The treatment of mental illness has long been held back by the sense that disorders of emotion, thinking, and behavior somehow lack legitimacy and instead reflect individual weakness or poor life choices

The human brain is a wonder. Through folds of tissue and pulses of electricity, it lets us perceive, attempt to understand, and shape the world around us. As science rapidly charts the brain’s complex structures, new discoveries are revealing the biology of how the mind functions and fails. Given the centrality of the brain to human health, its malfunctions should be a priority, separated from stigma and treated on par with the diseases of the body. We aren’t there yet, but the transformation is underway.  Read the rest of this article at statnews.com…

Lack of mental health services for youth leaves serious problems undetected for years

May 29th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Lack of mental health services for youth leaves serious problems undetected for years)

B823374166Z.1_20170529071052_000_GCM1T0VAD.2_GalleryAn unprecedented demand by young Canadians for mental health services is forcing universities, businesses and governments to quickly respond. Data collected from across the country and interviews with experts shows the extent of the problem. [Image by Carlos Osorio, Toronto Star]

At age 18, Kimberly could no longer come up with a reason to live. The Toronto university student locked the door to her parents’ garage, stepped onto a stool in the middle of the room and looped an electrical cord around her neck. “It’s something I couldn’t explain,” recalls Kimberly, who asked that her last name not be published. “I didn’t understand what was going on in my head … You want to give up.”  Read the rest of this article at The Toronto Star…

#GetLoud for #MentalHealth — Day 7

May 7th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | news & views - (Comments Off on #GetLoud for #MentalHealth — Day 7)

This May 1-7, turn up the volume. It’s the 66th Annual CMHA Mental Health Week and we’re getting loud for mental health. During Mental Health Week, Canadians take the time to reflect on their mental health. But we do more than just reflect. We get loud about it.

#GetLoud for #MentalHealth — Day 7

May 7th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | news & views - (Comments Off on #GetLoud for #MentalHealth — Day 7)

This May 1-7, turn up the volume. It’s the 66th Annual CMHA Mental Health Week and we’re getting loud for mental health. During Mental Health Week, Canadians take the time to reflect on their mental health. But we do more than just reflect. We get loud about it.