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Carlyn Zwarenstein on pain and opioids: Our #2 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Carlyn Zwarenstein on pain and opioids: Our #2 most-listened-to PFR podcast in 2017)

British Columbia’s Mental Health Act violates charter rights: report

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on British Columbia’s Mental Health Act violates charter rights: report)

British Columbia routinely violates the rights of people in mental-health detention by subjecting them to involuntary treatments, “discipline” through solitary confinement and restraints and not offering legal aid at the time of admission, according to a new report

The report, authored by lawyer Laura Johnston at the Community Legal Assistance Society and released on Wednesday, shows that a lapse in mental well-being can lead to a violation of one’s Charter rights in B.C.’s mental-health detention system. While comparable mental-health tribunals in other Canadian provinces and territories produce annual reports on practices, performance measures, training and outcomes, B.C.’s Mental Health Review Board produces no such report.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

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Looking for action to change British Columbia’s child poverty story

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Looking for action to change British Columbia’s child poverty story)

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people first media mixcloud“Poverty negatively affects children’s physical, emotional and social development. We need to look after our most vulnerable: no child in BC should be limited because of poverty.”

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November 21st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on )

Police chief: “I want you to do whatever it takes so that you are well”

November 21st, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off on Police chief: “I want you to do whatever it takes so that you are well”)

abbotsford police mental healthMental-health advocates are praising a British Columbia police chief for his leadership after he made an impassioned plea for first responders to take care of their mental well-being

Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich made his comments toward the end of a 25-minute speech on Sunday at a ceremony honouring Constable John Davidson. The Abbotsford traffic officer had been responding to a report of a stolen car two weeks ago when he was killed in a daytime shootout that has numbed the Fraser Valley community and drawn the province’s first responders together in mourning.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence begins November 25th

November 20th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in awareness | events | people first media - (Comments Off on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence begins November 25th)

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people first media mixcloudThe 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women November 25th and ends on International Human Rights Day December 10th

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