The ordeal of one boy and his family shows that British Columbia’s system of services to support children with complex needs must be overhauled, says an investigative report by the Representative for Children and Youth. The report details the events that led to the...read more
“Schizophrenia, anorexia, crippling depression, suicide attempts. There’s a lot to write about.” She says it with a chuckle, but Ladan Hussein — the Toronto singer/songwriter better known by her stage name, Cold Specks — spent a good year in hell to earn that laugh....read more
Amanda Jones is a creative writing student at Vancouver Island University. She’s been writing and speaking about her sister Amy’s descent into mental illness and addiction and Amy’s virtual disappearance into Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. We first spoke...read more
Michelle Young is a first-time mother who lives with her family in Ottawa, Ontario. She’s an avid reader with a passion for writing. Michelle’s very personal story—How do I talk to my young daughter about my depression?—was published in The Globe and Mail on October...read more
Next Tuesday, November 27, is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a day when charities, business and individuals come together to celebrate giving. It's the opposite of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can find out more about us, Giving Tuesday, and make a donation...read more
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Leslie McBain, Petra Schulz and Lorna Thomas share a common, unwanted bond. Each of them has endured the pain of losing a son to drugs. Ms. McBain’s only child, Jordan Miller, died of an accidental opioid overdose in February, 2014. Ms. Schulz’s youngest child, Danny...read more
B.C. Housing is busy with planning and co-ordinating as two temporary supportive housing projects are being built in Nanaimo before winter starts to set in. The provincial government announced last month that B.C. Housing will construct 170 units of temporary...read more
A three-year University of Victoria study of people living homeless or barely housed while struggling with life-threatening medical conditions confirms that when palliative care can be found, it improves the difficult life circumstances and worsening vulnerabilities...read more
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The growing population of aging Canadians has led to an increased focus on the needs and interests of Canadian elders across the country. Seniors Connect, in the city of Nanaimo, is a collaborative project focused on reducing the social isolation of adults aged 55 and...read more
A network of Canadian mothers and families whose loved ones have died due to substance use, or hope for recovery, envision a new approach based on reducing harm, where people who use drugs are treated with respect, compassion and support Leslie McBain, a founding...read more
As our understanding of substance use disorders evolves, so does the language to describe them. Even the most compassionate people, from medical professionals to those with substance use disorders, sometimes use outdated and stigmatising language. Being open and...read more