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Here’s our VIMHS Currents newsletter for March 2020

Schizophrenia...Treatment and recovery...The importance of insight in recovery from mental illness...Inpatient care for people with serious mental illness... Acquired brain injury and opioid overdose... VIMHS updates... Read our March 2020 newsletter online here.

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At first glance, schizophrenia may seem like a great puzzle

Its causes are still uncertain; its symptoms, variable. Striking most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in a hundred, it is youth’s greatest disabler. But if it is a puzzle, it’s one that is slowly being solved. New pieces are...

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Vancouver Island Mental Health Society is hiring!

Casual Tenant Support Worker, Sobering and Assessment Centre Worker, and Mental Health Worker positions are available at Vancouver Island Mental Health Society. Tenant Support Worker (Casual), Nanaimo The Tenant Support Worker (TSW) provides assistance and tenancy...

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Effective stigma reduction interventions in the opioid crisis

A recent Mental Health Commission of Canada research report offers key recommendations and a new scale to help governments and organizations address opioid-related stigma and evaluate stigma-reduction interventions. The 18-month research project included a scoping...

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The psychiatric inpatient experience: A parent’s perspective

The B.C. Schizophrenia Society focused on issues related to the psychiatric inpatient experience—along with the experiences of parents when their children are hospitalized—at its October 2019 annual general meeting. A panel discussion called “Inpatient Care for People...

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Potential legal barriers to psychiatric treatment

Emerging legal developments may threaten patients’ access to the involuntary treatment that some patients need. This includes describing the challenge to the BC Mental Health Act made under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the most recent Ombudsperson’s Report that...

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Is there a shortage of psychiatric beds in British Columbia?

The psychiatric inpatient experience can be very difficult both for patients and their families. But a lack of acute psychiatric beds in British Columbia hospitals has also led to increasing concern. The word acute refers to an illness that quickly becomes very...

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