Volume 82: February 2010
mind matters : bc's mental health news

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Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary and Scholarship program now accepting applications

Welcome to MIND MATTERS, an electronic newsletter produced by the Canadian Mental Health Association's BC Division office (CMHA) and delivered monthly to your mailbox. In MIND MATTERS, we provide new resources and programs offered by CMHA BC Division, 19 CMHA branches across BC and news from partner agencies and like-minded organizations committed to the mental health of British Columbians.

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CMHA NEWS:

CMHA BC Seeks Peer Review Lead - Deadline February 26
Lorne Fraser Education Bursary and Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications - Due May 1
New Issue of Visions Looks at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Mental Health
Eating Disorders Campus Efforts and Best Practices Panel - February 26, March 1
Mental Health Works Full-day Workshop – March 9 + 11 in Vancouver, May 26 in Victoria
Help CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby to Develop a Dry Cleaning Social Enterprise
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Looking for Mental Health Volunteers
Help CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Improve Their Public Persona
Ready, Set, Go and Volunteer! - March 1 - March 25
North Shore Health Lecture Series

FEATURED PROGRAM:

The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund Returns with a New Scholarship

 

CANADIAN RESEARCH:

Workplace Support Needed to Prevent Reoccurring Disability Leave
Chinese Immigrants with Serious Mental Illness Use Fewer Mental Health Services
Psychotherapy Reduces Repeat ER Trips
Children's Policy Centre Quarterly Explores Implications of Childhood Obesity
Landmark Report on Suicide Prevention in BC

RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

Many Children Hear Voices, Most Aren't Bothered
Teens Who Drink with Parents May Still Develop Alcohol Problems
Exciting New Activities May Help Prevent Relapse In Cocaine Addiction
Women and Health: A New Report by World Health Organization

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Mental Health Commission of Canada Invites Roundtable Participants and Proposal Submissions
20 New Mental Health Beds in Chilliwack
Port Alberni KUU-US Crisis Line Waiting to Learn its Future
Surrey Task Force Pledges to End Homelessness
Changes to Diagnostic Manual (DSM-IV) Under Way, Open to Public Comment
Consumer Initiative Fund Accepting Applications for Education/Leisure Courses – Due March 1
Mobilizing Minds Project Seeks Youth Advisory
Study on Attitudes about Brain Imaging and Genetic Testing Seeks Participants
Fraser Health Looking to Consult with Families to Improve Services
Mindyourmind.ca Seeks Feedback on Redesign
Gastown Vocational Services Seeks Youth Employment Worker in Coquitlam – Deadline February 26
Vancouver Coastal Health Seeks Volunteer Peers - Deadline March 31
Advanced Housing Solutions Conference Calls for Proposals – Deadline March 15

NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES:

36-24-36 – Documentary on Pre-adolescent Girls' Perspectives on Eating Disorders
After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity
Working with Dementia: Safe Work Practices for Caregivers
Fireside Chats Bring Together Health Professionals Across Canada

PUBLIC EDUCATIONS EVENTS:

Movie Monday in Victoria
Children's Bereavement Support Group - February 4-March 13 (ongoing intake)
Wellness Recovery Action Plan - Mondays, January 25 - March 1
CONNECT Art Show - February 5 - March 20
Eating Disorders Campus Efforts and Best Practices Panel - February 26, March 1
Café Scientifique:Bringing Community Based Research to the Public - March 4
Recovery Process for Adults Struggling with Eating Disorders - March 7
Mental Health Research Matters - March 9
The Connect Parent Group for Parents of 13 - 18 Year Olds - March 18-May 13
Addiction Medicine for Family Physicians and Psychiatrists - March 19
New Support Group for Caregivers – Begins March 25
Diversity Health Fair – May 29

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:

Art and Expressive Therapies Training for Professionals
Psychodrama Workshop - March 6, and April 3
Mental Health Works Workshop – March 9 + 11 in Vancouver, May 26 in Victoria
Journey Through Complex Trauma: Focusing, Treatment & Healing - April 15-16

CONFERENCES:

5th World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses - March 18-20
Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference - April 14-17
Innovations in Treatments of Anxiety Disorders Conference – April 22-24

 

 

CMHA NEWS

CMHA BC Seeks Peer Review Lead - Deadline February 26  [back to top]
CMHA BC is looking to hire a Peer Review Lead on a flexible part time or contract basis. The Peer Review Lead will work with and support the Branch and Community Development Committee to implement the Peer Review Process across the CMHA Branches in British Columbia. They will also develop a review process manual, request and review materials provided by branches, complete a summary report for reviewed branches, and follow up with Branches regarding this assessment. The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in the social services field or equivalent, and experience with mental health services, financial management, and quality assurance. Excellent oral and communication skills, and the ability to work within a team or independently are required. For more information visit www.cmha.bc.ca or contact Lynn Spence at lynn.spence@cmha.bc.ca.

Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary and Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications - Due May 1 [back to top]
Administered by CMHA BC, the Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary program is now accepting applications for the fall semester. Each year, the program awards several $700 bursaries to help people with mental illness pursue their post-secondary educational goals. This year, in addition to the bursary program, the new Lorne Fraser Scholarship for Mental Health Promotion will award a $2,000 college or university scholarship to a person with mental illness who is pursuing a career related to mental health promotion. Lorne Fraser is committed to increasing opportunities for people with a mental illness. He has lived with bipolar disorder for many years and is aware of the difficulties associated with mental illness. He continues to build the fund and recognizes the importance of education to the personal well-being of a contributing member of society. Since 1982, the Lorne Fraser Fund has helped more than 100 British Columbians pursue their educational dreams. Applications for this year’s bursaries are due May 1. To download an application form, please visit www.cmha.bc.ca

New Issue of Visions Looks at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender People [back to top]
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people often face prejudice, discrimination and isolation. Now imagine the doubly stigmatizing effect of being LGBT and having a mental illness or substance use problem. These added stresses can lead, in part, to higher rates of mental health and substance use problems. Through the words of our passionate and courageous writers, learn how others found wellness and resilience through supportive and loving families, spirituality and knowledgeable service providers. Join us as we explore the relationships between sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health and substance use. Read the latest issue of Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal at www.heretohelp.bc.ca.

Eating Disorders Campus Efforts and Best Practices Panel - February 26, March 1 [back to top]
The BC Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses initiative is partnering with several provincial organizations to host an exciting speaker panel event as part of Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2010. BC Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses is led by CMHA BC Division on behalf of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Members of the panel will have lived experience with, expertise in treating, experience in campus efforts, and leadership in provincial organizations on eating disorders. The first panel runs from 10-12:30 on February 26 and the second from 1:30-3:00 on March 1. The second panel will be a repeat of the first. Participants can attend either session in person or through web cast. Attendance is free but space is limited, so register online to secure seating. The conference is held at the at Social Sciences & Math Building at the University of Victoria.

Mental Health Works Full-day Workshop "Complex Issues Clear Solutions" – March 9 + 11 in Vancouver, May 26 in Victoria [back to top]
CMHA BC Division is hosting "Complex Issues Clear Solutions," a Mental Health Works workshop. This full-day workshop is open to managers, supervisors and union representatives, and provides participants with strategies for identifying and addressing mental health issues in the workplace. Registration is $275 (group rates available) and seating is limited to 12 participants. All workshops run from 9am-4:30 pm and provide refreshments and lunch. The Vancouver workshop is held at the Volunteer Vancouver Office, 1183 Melville Street, and the Victoria workshop at Great-West Life offices, 610 – 1675 Douglas St. To register, call Rose Chen at 604-688-3234 ext. 248 or 1-800-555-8222. For more information, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/workshops.

Help CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby to Develop a Dry Cleaning Social Enterprise [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch is embarking on an exciting new Social Enterprise. They are developing a green dry cleaning business that will employ individuals living with mental illnesses and give them the opportunity to work in an environment that is open and supportive. To help develop the enterprise, they are currently setting up consultation appointments with job ready people with mental illness. The consultation meetings are 20 minutes in length and food will be provided. Contact Natasha Raey at 778-552-4538 or natasha.raey.vb@cmha.bc.ca to set up a consultation appointment or visit <link> to take the survey. For more information on this type of socialr enterprise see www.cleaningsolution.ca.

CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Looking for Mental Health Volunteers [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch's Volunteers in Partnership Program currently has volunteer positions available for adult volunteers who can offer 2-4 hours per week to adults in the Vancouver area who are experiencing a mental illness. Volunteers assist participants with improving their skills, increasing their independence and exploring new activities. Volunteers and participants are asked to commit to their partnership for a minimum of six months. This is an opportunity to volunteer off-site in the community with support and guidance from the program coordinator. For more information on this volunteer program please contact the VIP Program Coordinator Katy at 604-872-4902 ext 290 or email katy.vinson.vb@cmha.bc.ca.

Help CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Improve Their Public Persona [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch is asking consumers, family members, donors, volunteers and professionals to fill out a survey that will help them assess and improve their public impression and communication materials. Click here to take the survey.

Ready, Set, Go and Volunteer! - March 1 - March 25 [back to top]
This volunteer preparation course offered by Grandview-Woodland Mental Health team, Vancouver Coastal Health and CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch is open to anyone with a mental illness who is a resident of Vancouver. The project aims to help consumers discover interests and strengths, learn new skills, gain greater confidence, and meet other people interested in volunteering. Participants will be awarded a certificate upon completing the program. For further information and referral, contact April Porter, Ready Set Go and Volunteer! facilitator at Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver‐Burnaby Branch at 604.872‐4902 ext.229.

North Shore Health Lecture Series [back to top]
The weekly Health Lecture Series organized by CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch meets on the 2nd floor of the John Braithwaite Community Centre at 145 West 1st Street in North Vancouver (between Chesterfield and Lonsdale Avenue). All lectures start at 7pm. Admission by donation. For more information please phone 604-987-6959 or visit www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca.
March 3 - Journey from our Head Back to our Heart
March 10 - The Usefulness of Rest - Yoga and Psychotherapy
March 17 - Optimum Nutrition for Health and Well-being
March 24 - Stress, anxiety and Memory Recall
March 31 - Jin Shin Do/Bodymind 5 Element Acupressure

FEATURED PROGRAM

The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund Returns with a New Scholarship

The Lorne Fraser Educational Fund is designed to encourage and help people with mental illness achieve their post-secondary education goals, whether at college or university. To this end, the fund awards several bursaries of $700 each year.

In addition to the bursary program, we are excited to introduce a unique $2000 scholarship as a brand new addition to further support this effort. The Lorne Fraser Scholarship for Mental Health Promotion will be awarded annually to a college or university student with mental illness, whose educational and career goals are related to mental health promotion.

Thanks to our donors, over 100 British Columbians have been helped by the fund since it was started in 1982 by Lorne Douglas Fraser. Lorne’s passion for helping others with mental illness stems, in part, from his own experience with bipolar disorder. When Lorne began the fund, he used his own money and collected donations from his neighbours in Surrey. Today, the bursaries are funded from the interest earned on an amount of $172,000 so as to never erode the capital. Fundraising happens throughout the year to grow the capital and increase the number and amount of the bursaries.

The recipient selection criteria are for the bursary is based on history of mental illness, residency and age, participation in therapeutic support, identification of a job goal and demonstrated need for financial assistance. Being in the final years of undergraduate or graduate program at and accredited instituion, and a goal of a career in mental health promtion are additon requirements for the scholarship. Some 70 applications come in each April requesting bursaries, with awards presented at a ceremony at CMHA BC’s Annual General Meeting in September.

To learn more and apply, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/lornefraser. Applications are due May 1.



CANADIAN RESEARCH

Workplace Support Needed to Prevent Reoccurring Disability Leave [back to top]
New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health indicates that the strongest predictor for work disability leave is a person's past history ofdisability leave. The researchers evaluated the employment data of over 10,000 workers from a large Canadian employer, looking at patterns of physical and mental disability leave. Workers on mental health disability leave were seven times more likely to require another, compared to those on physical disability leave who were two times as likely. One possible reason is that mental illness is chronic in nature and relapse is common. Even when symptoms improve there are often persistent effects. Another contributor may be that there are not adequate resources offered to workers to address their mental health needs. The researchers stress the need for employers to educate themselves and their employees about creating a workplace that promotes mental health. This includes addressing the needs of those with mental health issues in the workplace and encouraging the development of effective interventions for promoting mental health in the working population. Read "Workers with mental illness: New study indicates the need for increased workplace prevention and support" at www.newswire.ca.
>> Mental Health Works workshops can help improve prevention and support for mental illness in your workplace.

Chinese Immigrants with Serious Mental Illness Use Fewer Mental Health Services [back to top]
A Canadian Journal of Psychiatry study found that except for psychiatric visits for serious disorders, recent Chinese immigrants diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness used fewer mental health services such as GPs, hospital teams, and medications. The study looked at health records for 786 Chinese immigrant and 396 comparison subjects for the years 1992 to 2001. The researchers conclude that Chinese immigrants may experience problems accessing mental health services, calling on clinicians to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment of Chinese immigrants. See "Mental Health Service Use by Chinese Immigrants With Severe and Persistent Mental Illness" at www. publications.cpa-apc.org.
>> Watch for the upcoming issue of Visions on Immigrants and Refugees. Sign up for e-Visions to receive your electronic copy a week before it’s off the press!

Psychotherapy Reduces Repeat ER Trips [back to top]
A psychologist at the Queen Elizabeth II’s Health Sciences Centre in Halifax has helped the emergency room provide relief to repeat patients whose physical symptoms have no medical explanation. As a result, the patients made fewer visits to the ER, according to new research. Last year, Dr. Abbass offered short-term dynamic psychotherapy to non-medical symptom patients, teaching them to become aware of how emotions or stress affect them physically. Recognizing this link lead to a 69% decrease in repeat visits to the emergency room by this patient group. Hospital visits dropped from an average of almost 4.6 visits a year to 1.4 visits a year, resulting in huge savings for the hospital. The average treatment was 3.8 sessions and patients reported a high degree of satisfaction. Read "Psychotherapy reduces repeat ER trips" at www.cbc.ca.
>> Learn more about the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the Cognitive-Behavioural Theray issue of Visions.

Children's Policy Centre Quarterly Explores Implications of Childhood Obesity [back to top]
The Children's Health Policy Centre quarterly is a resource for policy makers, practitioners, and families. It’s goal is to communicate new research to inform policy and practice in children’s mental health. The latest issue focuses on childhood obesity and its adverse effects, and explores new research and strategies for preventing obesity without doing children any harm. View "The Mental Health Implications of Childhood Obesity" at www.childhealthpolicy.sfu.ca.

Landmark Report on Suicide Prevention in BC [back to top]
Strengthening the Safety Net is a landmark report by BC Suicide Prevention Initiative. The report examines exisitng suicide prevention strategies and services in BC and outlines objectives for further reducing suicidal behaviour, improving accessibility and quality of suicide prevention services, and improving post intervention resources and supports of persons bereaved by suicide. Find the report at www.suicidepipinitiative.wordpress.com.


RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Many Children Hear Voices, Most Aren't Bothered [back to top]
Nine percent of school age children hear voices in their head and most are not particularly bothered by it, according to a British Journal of Psychiatry study. The researchers asked 3,870 primary schoolers whether they had heard "one or more voices that only you and no one else could hear" in the past year. Nine percent of the children answered yes. Only 15% of these children said the voices caused them serious suffering, and 19% said the voices interfered with their thinking. Boys and girls were equally likely to report hearing voices, but girls were more likely to report suffering and anxiety due to the voices. Hearing voices was more common in rural than urban children. While hearing voices can signal a heightened risk of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in later life, the great majority of young people who have these experiences never develop mental illness. The researchers advise parents not to be overly concerned if the child hears voices, but to monitor them closely in case something serious develops. Read "Many children 'hear voices'; most aren't bothered" at www.news.yahoo.com.

Teens Who Drink with Parents May Still Develop Alcohol Problems [back to top]
Parents who try to teach responsible drinking by letting their teenagers have alcohol at home may be well intentioned, but they may also be wrong, according to a new study in the latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The study included 428 Dutch families with two children between the ages of 13 and 15. Parents and teens completed questionnaires on drinking habits at the outset and again one and two years later. The researchers found that, in general, the more teens drank at home, the more they tended to drink elsewhere; the reverse was also true, with out-of-home drinking leading to more drinking at home. In addition, teens who drank more often, whether in or out of the home, tended to score higher on a measure of problem drinking two years later. The findings suggest that teen drinking leads to more drinking, and in some cases alcohol problems, regardless of where and with whom they drink. According to the researchers, parents should prohibit their child from drinking in any setting or on any occasion in hopes of postponing the age at which their child starts drinking. See "Teens who drink with parents may still develop alcohol problems" at www.eurekalert.org.

Exciting New Activities May Help Prevent Relapse In Cocaine Addiction [back to top]
The brain's innate interest in the new and different may help trump the power of addictive drugs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In controlled experiments, novelty drew cocaine-treated rats away from the place they got cocaine. New experiences such as scuba diving, mountain climbing, and whitewater rafting could help break the vicious cycle of treatment and relapse, especially for the many addicts with novelty-craving, risk-taking personalities, the authors say. Read "Exciting New Activities May Help Prevent Relapse In Cocaine Addiction" at www.medicalnewstoday.com.

Women and Health: A New Report by World Health Organization [back to top]
This report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women's specific needs and health challenges over their entire life course. The report includes the latest global and regional figures on women's health in topic areas of mortality, sexuality, mental health, substance use and many more. The report asserts that despite considerable progress in past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in adolescence and older age. The World Health Organization calls for urgent action both within the health sector and beyond to improve the health and lives of girls and women around the world. You can find the report at www.who.com.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mental Health Commission of Canada Invites Roundtable Participants and Proposal Submissions [back to top]
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is announcing the start of the second phase of the mental health strategy development plan. Beginning in March 2010, the Commission will host a series of roundtable meetings. These roundtables will examine specific topics related to achieving the vision and goals set out in "Toward Recovery and Wellbeing: A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada." In this phase, the goal is to continue building on the extensive knowledge and experience of diverse stakeholders in Canada, including those living with mental health problems and illnesses, their families, service providers, researchers, and policy makers. You can participate by attending roundtable discussions or submitting proposals for the development of background papers. Visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca to find out more.

20 New Mental Health Beds in Chilliwack [back to top]
Twenty mental health beds will be created at Parkholm Place in Chilliwack as part of the ongoing devolution of Riverview Hospital, according to the province. The $2 million project will involve the renovation of the second floor of Parkholm to accommodate a 20-bed tertiary rehabilitation program. Tertiary care is the highest and most specialized level of care. Patients at the new facility will be those with expected rehabilitation stays of six months to about two years. To date, Riverview has decentralized 441 beds to provide acute care to people with mental illness in their communities in hopes of improving their treatment outcomes. Read "'Under-resourced' Chilliwack targeted" at www2.canada.com.

Port Alberni KUU-US Crisis Line Waiting to Learn its Future [back to top]
It's been a bit more than business as usual for the KUU-US Crisis Line since the provincial government announced it would no longer fund the Port Alberni organization. Since the government announcement, KUU-US has continued to provide crisis intervention and support services to as many as 8,000 callers a year. In the meantime, it has also compiled a proposal for the British Columbia government. In it, KUU-US outlined why it's the best organization to take over as the sole crisis line provider for all of Vancouver Island, and all areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority. If KUU-US is successful in its bid to take over as the Island's crisis line it will see an increase in the number of calls it receives to about 45,000 annually. Handling that many calls would mean stepping up staffing levels and the number of hours they work. But if KUU-US is unsuccessful, it will likely mean the loss of about 10 jobs in Port Alberni. Read "Crisis line waiting to learn its future" at www2.canada.com.

Surrey Task Force Pledges to End Homelessness [back to top]
The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Task Force is a project aimed at uniting the community to reduce and prevent homelessness in Surrey. They bring together a broad range of community and government organizations that provide services to people who are homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless. A range of legal, social and mental health services have partnered to help the task force succeed, including our very own CMHA South Fraser branch. Task Force members meet monthly to share information, knowledge, concerns and solutions. Visit www.pledgetoendhomelessness.wordpress.com to learn about homelessness and how you can help. You can also learn Learn more by reading the Homelessness and Housing issue of Visions.

Changes to Diagnostic Manual (DSM-IV) Under Way, Open to Public Comment [back to top]
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is proposing changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), used by professionals to diagnose and treat mental disorders including autism, addictions and mental disorders. The manual has not been updated since 1994. To propose the revisions, 13 expert groups convened at conferences and consulted with more than 200 outside advisers including psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists to review the latest scientific research in the field. The new draft proposes adding the category of behaviour addictions, classifying binge eating as separate from bulimia, and broadening the diagnosis of autism to include milder social impairment. The new version is also meant to discourage diagnosis of mild symptoms and recognize conditions that don’t fit neatly into a single diagnosis. The revisions are being posted for public comment on APA's website at DSM5.org until April 20. If the revisions are adopted, they will be published in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, due in May 2013.

Consumer Initiative Fund Accepting Applications for Education/Leisure Courses – Due March 1 [back to top]
The Consumer Initiative Fund (CIF) is providing up to $400 dollars for a spring education or leisure course for people living with mental illness in Vancouver. Applicants must complete a letter of intent and be willing to participate in a follow-up evaluation after completing their course. The recipients are selected based on a random lottery system on a weekly basis. Those who received funding in the past two years are not eligible to apply. Please complete this application from, and fax it to 604-736-2033 ext.2202 or deliver it to the CIF Committee office at #200 – 520 West 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H5.

Mobilizing Minds Project Seeks Youth Advisory [back to top]
Many young adults who experience stress, anxiety, and depression are faced with very complex decisions about mental health care and often lack the information they need to pursue the right treatment. Mobilizing Minds is a national 5-year research project led by researchers, health professionals, young adults, community organizations and experts in knowledge mobilization. They are working together to determine what information young adults and their friends want about mental health, where they would be most likely to look for it, how they would like to receive it, when it’s best to receive this information, and what kind of barriers might prevent them from getting the information they need in an optimal format. The findings from this study will be used to develop youth specific information and resources, and inform mental health policy and programming. If you are a young adult between the ages of 18-25 who would like to participate in this research, or an organization willing to join the project's community advisory, visit www.mobilizingminds.ca.

Study on Attitudes about Brain Imaging and Genetic Testing Seeks Participants [back to top]
Researchers at the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC Hospital are interested in your opinions about brain imaging, genetic testing, and mental health. They are looking to recruit parents of children 18 or younger who have a diagnosis or ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive, or Psychotic Disorder. The study will involve an interview on views about either brain imaging or genetic testing in mental health, scheduled at the participant’s convenience at the University of British Columbia. A $50 gift certificate will be provided for participating, and $10 will be given for transportation expenses. Contact 604-822-0748 or email eborgelt@interchange.ubc.ca if you are interested in participating or would like more information about the study.

Fraser Health Looking to Consult with Families to Improve Services [back to top]
Fraser Health is undertaking a project to transform its mental health and addiction services to enhance the capacity of family members to participate effectively in the treatment process with their loved ones. The Family Support Service Plan will enhance existing services, increasing their scope and inclusivity, and identify current gaps in the system. To achieve this objective, Fraser Health is asking family members to attend focus groups by calling 604-523-1072, or filling out an anonymous survery at www.surveymonkey.com.

Mindyourmind.ca Seeks Feedback on Redesign [back to top]
Mindyourmind.ca is an award-winning mental health website with content developed for youth, by youth. Many months ago, mindyourmind.ca began asking for suggestions for improving their website. They took those ideas and implemented them into a partial redesign of their sight. Now they would like to get web user's feedback on how they are doing. Please take a moment and give them your feedback at www.mindyourmind.ca.

Gastown Vocational Services Seeks Youth Employment Worker in Coquitlam – Deadline February 26 [back to top]
The Youth Employment Program Job Developer will work with treatment personnel to assist young adult clients (ages 16- 19 years) with mental health disabilities to achieve their stated vocational, employment, or educational goals. The successful candidate will be a well-organized individual who exhibits initiative, flexibility, sound judgement and good interpersonal skills. Personal experience with the mental health system and an openness to working with diverse populations is essential. This is a 12-month contract, at 44 hours per month, and $11/hour. Please submit a resume and a cover letter to Colleen McCain, Youth and Young Adult Program Team Lead at Gastown Vocational Services by fax at 604-683-5099, or email at colleen.mccain@vch.ca. You can find out more at www.gvsonline.ca.

Vancouver Coastal Health Seeks Volunteer Peers - Deadline March 31 [back to top]
Vancouver Coastal Health is seeking five volunteer peers to assist with their Burnaby Centre Program. Under the supervision of the Peer support program coordinator, site manager and front line staff, the peer volunteer will work with clients with mental illness to help them achieve their stated goals. Duties will include helping people with mental illness acquire new skills, connecting them with community resources, co-facilitating groups or mini workshops, communicating relevant information to staff, and attending monthly meetings. The successful candidate will be a well-organized individual who exhibits initiative, flexibility, sound judgment and good interpersonal skills. The position will be 20 hours a week for a 1 to 6 month term. The pay is $240 for 20 hours per month (including meetings). To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Peer Support Coordinator Office, Coast Mental Health, resource Center, 1225 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 3N6. Faxes accepted to 604-683-3750 or emails at johnm@coastmentalhealth.com.

Advanced Housing Solutions Conference Calls for Proposals – Deadline March 15 [back to top]
The BC Non-Profit Housing Association is calling for proposals for its 18th annual Advanced Housing Solutions conference being held November 22-24 in Richmond, BC. The association invites administrators, executive, front-line and support staff, housing researchers, policy-makers, students and volunteers to submit proposals on topics such as housing and conceptual change, growing sectoral capacity, strategies for redevelopment, impacts of affordable housing, human rights, and sustainable housing. See www.bcnpha.ca for guidelines.


NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

36-24-36 – Documentary on Pre-adolescent Girls' Perspectives on Eating Disorders [back to top]
36-24-36 is an insightful feature length documentary film, made by pre-adolescent girls in Kitimat, that explores the issues of female body image and its correlation with eating disorders. The film gives the viewer a firsthand perspective of Jessica and Shannon's battles with anorexia while lending itself to the professional opinions of counsellors and dieticians who work with adolescent women. It also explores the reality and insights of pre-adolescent girls who, prior to making this film, thought very little about the perception of female body image within our society. You can view the documentary on Youtube or contact Roderick Taylor at maskremovalproductions@telus.net for more information.

After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity [back to top]
In this heart wrenching account, BC author and mental health advocate Susan Inman provides glimpses of the heartache and devastation a family experiences when mental illness strikes. In a measured tone devoid of drama or embellishment, she describes her journey over nine years of her daughter's schizoaffective disorder. For more information on the book, see Bridge Cross Publishers www.bridgeross.com.

Working with Dementia: Safe Work Practices for Caregivers [back to top]
This WorksSafe BC video program consists of a series of modules that describe how to care for people with dementia. The introductory module provides general information on dementia. The remaining modules use skits to portray situations that caregivers may encounter when caring for a person with dementia. They show caregivers how to respond to similar situations in order to stay safe and support the person with dementia. Visit www2.worksafebc.com to view the program and download a companion guide.

Fireside Chats Bring Together Health Professionals Across Canada [back to top]
Fireside Chats are free pan-Canadian discussions for professionals in community health and stakeholders on community health issues. Pioneered by University of Ottawa, these discussions aim to bring together perspectives and shed light on cutting edge research in a way that leads to professionals making positive changes in their communities. Participants can join in from wherever they have access to a telephone or the internet. Lines are toll-free and connections are possible even with slow internet. Current topics of discussion are ‘Healthy Aging’ and ‘Climate Change and Health’. To participate, go to www.chnet-works.ca.


PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS

Movie Monday in Victoria [back to top]
Every Monday at 6:30 pm, Bruce Saunders’ Movie Monday project presents free movies at the Eric Martin Pavilion at the 1900 block of Fort Street in Victoria. More details at www.islandnet.com/mm.
March 1 - Mrs. Doubtfire

Children's Bereavement Support Group - February 4-March 13 (ongoing intake) [back to top]
Children who have experienced the death of a parent or an important adult can benefit from a support group of peers.  This Vancouver Coastal Health program will give the children an opportunity to share and heal through creative activity and peer support.  At the same time, but in a different room, the parents/guardians will meet to share their stories.  Each group is facilitated by professional counsellors and trained volunteers. The group meets every other Thursday afternoon from 4:30 – 6pm at the Vancouver Unitarian Community Building on 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. For information or to register, contact Kathryn Nicholson at 604-929-6534 or Email nich73@telus.net.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan - Mondays, January 25 - March 1 [back to top]
This is a South Mental Health Team program for consumers wanting to take charge of their own recovery. Participants will develop an action plan for wellness and learn how to create the life they want to live. Sessions run from 1-4pm at the South Mental Health Team, 220-1200 West 73rd Ave, Vancouver. Sessions are free but space is limited, so register by calling 604-708-5274 and leaving your name and phone number.

CONNECT Art Show - February 5 - March 20 [back to top]
This juried exhibition includes over 100 works of art from the downtown south community of Vancouver. It is a collaboration between Coast Mental Health Resource Centre and The Gathering Place. The gallery is located at The Gathering Place at 609 Helmcken Street, and is open daily in February from 1-8pm and Wednesday to Saturday from 1-6pm in March. Catalogues featuring all the artists will available for $20. Email artshow@coastmentalhealth.com for more information on the exhibition. The art show is also looking for volunteers. See the posting at Volunteer Vancouver.

Eating Disorders Campus Efforts and Best Practices Panel - February 26, March 1 [back to top]
The BC Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Initiative is partnering with several provincial organizations to host an exciting speaker panel event as part of Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2010. BC Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses is led by CMHA BC Division on behalf of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Members of the panel will have lived experience with, expertise in treating, experience in campus efforts, and leadership in provincial organizations on eating disorders. The first panel runs from 10-12:30 on February 26 and the second from 1:30-3:00 on March 1. The second panel will be a repeat of the first. Participants can attend either session in person or through web cast. Attendance is free but space is limited, so register online to secure seating. The conference is held at the at Social Sciences & Math Building at the University of Victoria.

Café Scientifique:Bringing Community Based Research to the Public - March 4 [back to top]
Community Based Research (CBR) is gaining recognition as an important tool to address health problems. The Canadian Institute of Health Research and BC's Mental Health and Addictions Research Network are holding Café Scientifique, an event connecting the public with those involved with CBR projects to stimulate conversation about the value of CBR in mental health and addictions research. The upcoming session of Café Scientifique will feature talks by UBC professor Erin Michalak on "CBR in Mental Health and Addictions," researcher Jamie Livingston on "People with Mental Illness and the Police," rehabilitation expert Sandra Hale on "Job Accommodations: Perspectives from People with Bipolar Disorder," and knowledge translation lead Michael Crain on "Understanding what Recovery Means to People Living with Bipolar Disorder." The event takes place from 6-8pm at The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver. Cost: free. For more information or to RSVP to this event please contact smcbride@phsa.ca.

Recovery Process for Adults Struggling with Eating Disorders - March 7 [back to top]
This is a dial-in teleconference for adults and their families offered by Kelty Resource Centre as part of eating disorders awareness week. The panellists include recovered consumer Marlena Dumas sharing her story, Shelley Hine, family support group facilitator from Family Services of North Shorand, and Dr. Samantha Kelleher, medical director of Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul's Hospital. The panel takes place from 7-8pm. Cost: free. You can join the conference by dialling in 1-866-265-1385 Code: 6047076373 or contact the Kelty Resource Centre at keltycentre@bcmhs.bc.ca for information.

Mental Health Research Matters - March 9 [back to top]
This event brings together the public and three prominent UBC researchers to discuss the latest directions and discoveries in mental health research. The topics discussed will include "What do Your Genes Mean for Your Mental Health?" by Dr. Austine, "Working with Depression" by Dr. Lam, and "Pathways to Mental Disorders and Addictions: The Role of Trauma and Neglect" by Dr. Schütz. The event will run from 7-9pm at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education at the Child & Family Research Institute, 938 West 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC. Cost: free. To register, email reseduc@cw.bc.ca or phone 604.875.2000 ext. 5397. The BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information will also be on‑site to provide information from seven leading provincial mental health and addictions agencies.

The Connect Parent Group for Parents of 13 - 18 Year Olds - March 18-May 13 [back to top]
The goal of this Vancouver Coastal Health group is to help parents to recognize signs of distress and anxiety in children, to respond with empathy, and to use non-coercive ways of interacting with youth in their care. Trained group leaders demonstrate through role plays and case examples how attachment issues can be the cause of aggressive and provocative behaviour. Parents’ understanding and behaviour in the relationship has a powerful impact on their child’s behaviour and development. Connect is designed to give parents more tools and choices in this important relationship. The group runs for 9 consecutive weeks from 6-7pm at 2750 East Hastings, Vanoucver. Participants can receive up to $25 each week to assist them in attending and they will be offered a light dinner. For more information please email Kathy.sheppard@vch.ca or Lenore Rosen 604- 675-3896 ext. 20669.

Addiction Medicine for Family Physicians and Psychiatrists - March 19 [back to top]
This one day conference offered by Vancouver Island Health Authority and UVic's Centere for Addictions Research, and will present a variety of panels on topics such as workplace addictions, 12-step recovery, prescription opioid addiction, adolescent addictions, tobacco addiction, fundamentals of addiction, neurofeedback, and PTSD and concurrent disorders. The conference is intended for physicians and psychiatrists, but it is also relevant to nurses and other healthcare workers. The conference takes place from 8am-5:15pm at the Crown Isle Resort and Conference Centre, located at 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay. Cost: free. To register visit www.carbc.ca or send a fax to 250-721-8774.

New Support Group for Caregivers – Begins March 25 [back to top]
Starting in March 2010, the Vancouver Coastal Health Caregiver Support Program will hold monthly support group meetings for family caregivers at Raven Song Community Health Centre, located at 2450 Ontario Street, Vancouver. Meetings take place the last Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm. This support groups is open to anyone providing unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who is aging, ill, or living with a disability. For more information please call 604-877-4699 or e-mail caregiversupport@vch.ca.

Diversity Health Fair – May 29 [back to top]
AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Service Societies and Service Agencies of BC) will host a Diversity Health Fair on May 29, 2010. This year’s theme is "Promoting Healthy Living." The fair will feature health and dental screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, and information in many languages. The Diversity Health Fair will be held in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre, at 3250 Commercial Drive, from 10am-4pm. Admission is free! For more information, visit the website at www.amssa.org.


COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Art and Expressive Therapies Training for Professionals [back to top]
Complementary healing practices and art and play therapy can provide valuable tools for addressing client needs. To help counsellors address this need, the Justice Institute of BC is offering custom courses designed to provide professionals with a basic understanding of art therapy, play therapy, and other expressive therapies. Examples of courses include "Introduction to Art Therapy for Counsellors and Therapists", "Art Therapy in the Early Stages of Addiction", and "Using Expressive Arts Therapy in Harm-Reduction Based Work." Courses are held in the month of March, and cost an average of $270 for individuals and $250 for groups. For course descriptions and schedules, visit www.jibc.ca.

Psychodrama Workshop - March 6, and April 3 [back to top]
Psychodrama brings theatre and therapy together using the body and action to address past, present, and future issues. By visiting scenes of past trauma and responding differently, participants gain insight, release, and new energy for living more fully in the moment, free from the restraints of the past or thoughts of the future. This workshop is designed for professionals, and will give each participant the opportunity to experience psychodrama methods to support personal learning and growth. The workshop is taught by Jeff Thompson, a group therapist certified in Psychodrama with 17 years prior experience. The workshop takes place from 10am-4pm, at the Alchemy Centre in North Vancouver, located at 3-431 Mountain View Hwy. Cost: $100. You have the option of attending one or all sessions. To register, visit www.wearegroups.com or call Jeff at 604-815-7674.

Mental Health Works Workshop "Complex Issues Clear Solutions" – March 9 and March 11 in Vancouver, May 26 in Victoria [back to top]
CMHA BC Division is hosting "Complex Issues Clear Solutions," a Mental Health Works workshop. This full-day workshop is open to managers, supervisors and union representatives, and provides participants with strategies for identifying and addressing mental health issues in the workplace. Registration is $275 (group rates available) and seating is limited to 12 participants. All workshops run from 9am-4:30 pm and provide refreshments and lunch. The Vancouver workshop is held at the Volunteer Vancouver Office, 1183 Melville Street, and the Victoria workshop at Great-West Life offices, 610 – 1675 Douglas St. To register, call Rose Chen at 604-688-3234 ext. 248 or 1-800-555-8222. For more information, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/workshops.

Journey Through Complex Trauma: Focusing, Treatment & Healing - April 15-16 [back to top]
This two-day Justice Institute of BC course is intended for counsellors, social workers, crisis teams, healers and therapists who work with Aboriginal agencies and communities or other multicultural clients. The course explores the dynamics of trauma-based families, the relationship between the body and memory; traumatic bonding and "brainwashing"; the impacts of complex trauma on individuals; the reliability of memory and "false" memory; self-injury; flashbacks, projections and re-enactments of trauma. The course is taught by Shirley Turcotte, an activist in the area of child abuse, and Alannah Earl Young, an advisor at UBC's First Nation’s House of Learning. To register call 604-528-5590 or 1-877-528-5591. Cost: $295 regular, $275 Group ($20 early bird discount before February 28). The course is held on Justice Institute’s New Westminster campus at 715 McBride Boulevard.



CONFERENCES

5th World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses - March 18-20 [back to top]
The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia along with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada is hosting the 2010 World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses. The theme is "Building Global Connections in Psychiatric Nursing." The World Congress aims to provide delegates with practical tools and knowledge in mental health across the four domains: clinical, administrative, research, and education. The conference is held at the Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver. Cost: $375 1 day, $475 2 day regular, $250 1 day, $325 2 day for students.

Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Conference - April 14-17 [back to top]
More than 30 years have passed since Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) was first identified. Children with FASD have become adults, and many are now in their 30s and even 40s. Focused and targeted approaches across multiple areas, services, and systems have recently begun to emerge to address the urgent need for an integrated approach to addressing FASD in adolescence and adulthood. This conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals and families to share research, experience and practice in order to enhance the lives of adolescents and adults with FASD, their families, service providers, and communities. The conference is being held at The Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver. Cost: $595 for 3 days, $295 daily, and $275 student rate for the whole conference. To learn about the conference, and to register, visit www.interprofessional.ubc.ca.

Innovations in Treatments of Anxiety Disorders Conference – April 22-24 [back to top]
The Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada is hosting the scientific and academic conference, "Innovations in Treatments of Anxiety Disorders." The conference will include pre-conference workshops, symposiums, and panel discussions, as well as keynote presentations by Martin Antony, Gord Asmundson and Stanley (Jack) Rachman. The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre. Early-bird registration is now open, and costs $250 for professionals or $150 for students, not including the pre-conference workshop. For full registration and conference details, see anxietycanada.ca.


 

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