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Award-winning filmmaker brings compelling harm reduction stories to Nanaimo

September 29th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Award-winning filmmaker brings compelling harm reduction stories to Nanaimo)

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picture 766people first media mixcloudHarm reduction remains unknown to most North Americans, despite affecting millions. Like the film’s subjects, its non-judgmental approach to health care has often been ignored, or hidden in plain sight

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Community steps up to donate, install much-needed new beds at VIMHS houses

September 11th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | fundraising | news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Community steps up to donate, install much-needed new beds at VIMHS houses)

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picture 762pfr-banner-post-1Members of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo, along with Sleep Country Canada and individual donors, have made a tremendous difference in the lives of Vancouver Island Mental Health residents

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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM

June 28th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | news & views | people first media - (Comments Off on Vancouver Island Mental Health Society marks 40 years of service at AGM)

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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) held its 2017 annual general meeting (AGM) on June 26th. Barnabas Walther, executive director, spoke about the Society’s 40-year history and its expanding continuum of care. Board chairperson Valerie Fulford shared a VIMHS client’s personal story of struggle and success. Newly-elected and continuing board members gathered (image above) after the AGM to plan for the coming year.  Audio: 759_valerie fulford_barnabas walther_VIMHS AGM_june 26_2017_40

Basic income and child benefits are the best bet to reduce poverty

March 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Basic income and child benefits are the best bet to reduce poverty)

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pfr-banner-post-1In Canada, a strong social safety net plus growth have been the factors in poverty reduction. Despite this progress, we hear repeated calls for continued poverty reduction

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Diversity: Tailored and culturally appropriate mental health services are needed

October 24th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Diversity: Tailored and culturally appropriate mental health services are needed)

New research conducted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada makes a powerful case for the social and economic imperative of responding to the unique needs of immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized populations, including racialized populations born in Canada

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VIMHS executive director Barnabas Walther focuses on the future at annual meeting

June 26th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on VIMHS executive director Barnabas Walther focuses on the future at annual meeting)

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picture 700banner pfrVancouver Island Mental Health Society has seen significant change over the past two years, and the organization expects new programming will be added in the near future

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