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Bottom Line 2011

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:
Bottom Line Conference March 2 and 3: Last Week to Register
Ride Don’t Hide Battles the Most Depressing Day of the Year
Mental Health Champion Shelagh Rogers Appointed to the Order of Canada

Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses & Anxiety BC Webinar - Feb 16
Pathways Clubhouse Recognized in Top Charity Report

Latest Visions Focuses in on Social Support

Chinese Radio AM1470 Spotlights Mental Health
CMHA Richmond Branch Heart to Heart Support Group - Feb 12
CMHA-MDA Mandarin Emotional Health Support Group - Feb 14
Health and Wellness Seminars in North Vancouver

FEATURED PROGRAM:
Bottom Line 2011 The Psychologically Safe Workplace: Only One Week Left to Register!

 

CANADIAN RESEARCH:
CAMH Shows That Mindfulness Serves as an Effective Anti-depressant

A Quarter of Anti-depressant Prescriptions may not be Necessary

 

RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
Quitting Smoking Improves Mood
Study Shows High Risk of Depression in Surgeons

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Hundreds of Smiles for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Campaign

Participants Needed: Constructing Recovery Narratives in People with Bipolar Disorder

Online Survey: Older Women’s Information Needs on Medications


NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES:
CBC Radio’s The Current Airs National Call-In Special on Mental Health
Radio Show Beautiful Minds – Airs first show of 2011

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION:
Movie Mondays - Films to Educate About Issues of Mental Health
FORCE Society presents 'In the Know' Sessions for Parents and Caregivers
BCSS Strengthening Families Together Course – Feb 15
Frames of Mind Monthly Film Series: The Game of Death – Feb 16
British Columbia Psychological Association Awards Dinner – Feb 18
Loco Motion Presents 3 One-Act Plays About Mental Illness - Feb 18 and 19
Annual Chinese New Year Banquet Feb 22
Pinwheel Education Series: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Feb 22
Let’s Dialogue: How does recovery hit the ground? – Feb 22
CREST.BD hosts Community Engagement Night - Feb 24
Under One Umbrella 2011: Annual Fair for the Homeless – March 12
Navigate a Road to Recovery - WRAP- Feb 24 - March 31

 

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:
CMHA BC Division offers Mental Health Works Courses- March 3
The Space Between: Working Bi-Culturally – Feb 16
Rapid Recovery Techniques For Depression & Low Self-Esteem - Feb 24 - 25 Duncan
Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders - March 4
Interpersonal Psychotherapy – April 1

 

CONFERENCES:
6th Annual Western Canada Aboriginal Health Forum - Feb 15 – 16
Lost in Translation - Conference on Trauma and Addictions – Feb 15 - 17
Psychosocial Rehabilitation BC Conference – Feb 17

CMHA’s Bottom Line Conference Psychological Safety in the Workplace – March 2-3
MDA National Mental Health Conference – Winnipeg, March 23 – 24
7th Annual Pacific Forensic Psychiatry Conference - March 30 - Apr 1

 

CMHA NEWS

Bottom Line Conference March 2 and 3: Last Week to Register! [back to top]
The deadline to register for CMHA BC's Bottom Line 2011: The Psychologically Safe Workplace just days away. Hear the real stories and solutions from people with a variety of experiences in workplaces large and small around BC, including aerospace manufacturing, emergency services, social work, insurance, and non-profit. Speakers include Rona Maynard, former Editor-In-Chief of Chatelaine, Mary Ann Baynton and LCol Stéphane Grenier from the Mental Health Commission and CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, who was recently appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. Due to demand, we have added three more sessions to the March 3 workshops. Register online by Feb 16 and learn more at www.bottomlineconference.ca.Register as a group for special rates.
>>Learn more in our Featured Program

Ride Don’t Hide Battles the Most Depressing Day of the Year [back to top]
Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Clubs supported Michael’s Ride Don’t Hide campaign by hosting Spin-a-thon to Beat the Winter Blues, on Monday, January 17. Participants virtually cycled with Michael Schratter, who is cycling around the world to battle mental illness stigma. 226 people across all 17 locations powered through the 2-hour spin class raising $4,585 for Ride Don’t Hide in support of CMHA BC. For more info about this event, visit www.stevenashfitnessclubs.com and check out the event page on Facebook. Michael Schratter is now is the Australian leg of his journey, battling heat waves as he presses on along the coast. Michael is a Vancouver School teacher who has cycled over 16000km since August 1, 2010 when he left Vancouver on his global tour to battle mental illness stigma. See where he is now at ridedonthide.com, or check out his blog for recent posts from his South American journey.

Mental Health Champion Shelagh Rogers Appointed to the Order of Canada [back to top]
CBC broadcaster Shelagh Rogers has recently been appointed to the Order of Canada. She was one of 12 to be given the title, Officer of the Order of Canada, announced by the Governor General on December 30. The Order of Canada is one of our country's highest civilian honours, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Host of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter and recipient of the 2010 Mental Health Voices Award, Shelagh has been recognized as an outstanding supporter of Canadian culture and for her advocacy in literacy and mental health. Shelagh is an honorary patron to CMHA BC Division. Read more at www.cbc.ca or learn more about the Order of Canada.
>> Hear Shelagh tell her story at Bottom Line 2011 on March 2 + 3 in Vancouver.

Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses & Anxiety BC Webinar – Feb 16 [back to top]
Join psychologist, Dr. Melisa Robichaud, Arto Tienaho of Anxiety BC, and a student consultant as they explore anxiety in post-secondary contexts. Each speaker will present their perspective on anxiety then open up to Q&A sessions and learning activities about finding ways to better support students experiencing anxiety at colleges and universities. The discussion will be held at the University of Victoria from 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Social Sciences and Math Building (A144). Those interested but unable to attend can view the discussion via broadcast. To register for this free event or to learn more visit www.eventbrite.com. Read about the Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Project. Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses is led by CMHA BC on behalf of the BC Partners.

Pathways Clubhouse Recognized in Top Charity Report [back to top]
Congratulations to CMHA Richmond Branch's Pathways Clubhouse for making Charity Intelligence Canada's Recommended Charities 2010 Research Report. Every year Charity Intelligence Canada publishes a research report acknowledging the most impactful, effective and stable charities around Canada. Pathways Clubhouse made the list for their outstanding work in homelessness and mental health. Recognised as a top charity for supporting the homeless, Pathways excels at keeping at-risk individuals off the streets while offering them work, opportunities and a supportive community. The top charities are chosen through a strict process of a financial analysis, a review of the charity’s programs and how they compare to similar charities and a recommendation from a panel of experienced volunteers. Charity Intelligence is a non-profit organization that researches charities in depth to assist donors in recognizing the strongest giving opportunities. Read the 2010 Research Report.

Latest Visions Focuses in on Social Support [back to top]
In this issue of Visions, the many faces and facets of social support are examined. Social support—that is, being connected to others who care—is an important part of overall health and well-being. The positive effects of social support in mental health and substance use are significant. But is any support good support? How can we make positive changes to our social supports? And how do technology and online communities affect social support? These are just a few of the themes we’ll explore. Read the latest issue of Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal at www.heretohelp.bc.ca, or download the PDF.

Chinese Radio AM1470 Spotlights Mental Health [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch with Chinese radio AM1470 present a line-up of shows covering mental health topics for Cantonese listeners. Twice a week for the entire month of February, each show features a different nutritionist, psychiatrist, or therapist to speak on a mental health topic. The February 14 program features Personality Disorder and Self-Harm, with speaker Dr. Debbie Leung, clinical psychologist. All shows run from 10pm to 11pm every Monday and Friday in February. Visit Fairchild radio, hosting this national Chinese radio station.

CMHA Richmond Branch Heart to Heart Support Group – Feb 12 [back to top]
CMHA Richmond Branch hosts a free Heart to Heart Sharing Group, to provide confidential and positive support for participants to practise open communication and mutual support. The aim is to encourage positive thinking and to help each other deal with daily issues. The group meets every second Saturday from 12:15 to 1:45 pm, with a workshop from 2-4pm. Heart to Heart meets at Richmond Caring Place (Granville + Minoru), #340, 345/50-7000 Minoru Blvd., Richmond. For more information, contact Bessie Wang at 604-276-8834 ext.12 or bessie.wang@cmha.bc.ca.

CMHA-MDA Mandarin Emotional Health Support Group – Feb 14 [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch and Mood Disorders Association (MDA) Mandarin Emotional Health Support Group present an education evening, The Mystery of Schizophrenia, presented by speaker Dr. David Ho of Strathcona Mental Health Team. Dr. Ho will discuss the definition, diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and talk about the resources available to families. The presentation takes place at the CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch on 175 West Broadway, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The CMHA-MDA Mandarin Emotional Health Support Group meets every second Monday to provide a place for presentations, speakers and participants to share their mental illness experience and to give mutual support. Contact Stella Lee at stella.lee.vb@cmha.bc.ca or call 604-872-4902 for more information or at 604-603-0332 for registration

Health and Wellness Seminars in North Vancouver [back to top]
CMHA North & West Vancouver Branch will be continuing its ongoing monthly lecture series, supporting mental health and awareness. Lectures take place every Wednesday at 7:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver. For more information and details contact Janyse Hrynkow at 604-987-6959.

  • Feb 16 - Music Therapy An Interactive Experience
  • Feb 23 - The Art of Living

FEATURED PROGRAM

CMHA's Bottom Line 2011: The Psychologically Safe Workplace – March 2-3 [back to top]
CMHA's 8th annual Bottom Line Conference on mental health in the workplace is just a few weeks away: March 2 and 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The theme for 2011, The Psychologically Safe Workplace, focuses on practical solutions for preventing harm or threats to worker's mental well-being–such as bullying, unsupportive or inconsiderate management practices and lack of control over growing and changing work demands–while bringing to the foreground voices of real BC workers and leaders.

Morning panellists will start the day with stories of less-than-safe working conditions, from workplaces large and small around BC. Morning keynote speakers Mary Ann Baynton and LCol Stéphane Grenier from the Mental Health Commission of Canada will talk about how to build a better workplace using peer-based approaches and organizational strategies.

In the afternoon, hear Rona Maynard, author and former editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine presents Lessons for Leaders: One manager’s hard-won wisdom, where she will share formative moments that led her to ask, "What kind of leader do I want to be?" CBC journalist Shelagh Rogers, winner of the 2010 Mental Health Voices award and recently appointed Officer of the Order of Canada will talk about her story battling depression.

Afternoon panel Tool Time: Practical Solutions for Psychological Safety features Shannon Blanleil, Project Lead, Interior Health, Doug Buchanan, Managing Director and CEO, BC Biomed, Greg Conner, VP/HR, HP Advanced Solutions and Darryl Walker, President, BCGEU.

March 3 features a series of workshops including Complex Issues, Clear Solutions. The full-day workshop trains leaders to effectively recognize and discuss sensitive or difficult issues that could be related to mental health, and create successful accommodation strategies.

Register by Feb 16 at bottomlineconference.ca. Take advantage of the special group rates

CANADIAN RESEARCH

Mindfulness Serves as an Effective Anti-depressant [back to top]
Researchers from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto have found that a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could be as effective as medications for patients dealing with depression. MBCT teaches patients to balance their emotions with meditative-based exercises. A group of 160 patients using antidepressants were split into three groups: continuing medication, enrolling in mindfulness exercises, or taking a placebo. Over a period of 18 months, those in the MBCT group had the same relapse rate as patients taking the antidepressants (30%), while those who stopped had a much higher (70%) relapse rate. The results suggest MCBT may be a good option for patients hesitant or unable to use anti-depressants. Read more at www.camh.net.

A Quarter of Anti-depressant Prescriptions May Not be Necessary [back to top]
A study from the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Group at the University of Manitoba found that about one quarter of patients prescribed antidepressants did not meet the criteria recommended for the drugs. The findings were pulled from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiologic Survey, an American source consisting of over 20,000 individuals across the US. Out of the 1400 found to be taking antidepressants, 26% were prescribed drugs without the proper diagnosis, with a majority of those prescriptions coming from family doctors rather than psychiatrists or specialists. Never discontinue prescribed medication without the advice of a professional. If you have questions or concerns about your medication, please discuss them with a physician. Read more at article.psychiatrist.com.

RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Quitting Smoking Improves Mood [back to top]
A US study conducted at Brown University, has shown that people are significantly happier when they quit smoking or when they are in the process of kicking the habit. The study was conducted to combat the common belief that people who smoke to relieve stress and anxiety will more likely experience depression when they stop smoking. The study involved over 250 heavy smokers who were also heavy drinkers. Participants all went through the same level of counselling with nicotine patches and a quitting strategy. Every few weeks they were tested for signs of depression. Although only 33 participants completely quit smoking, those who had quit even for a few weeks showed improved mood, while those who started smoking again showed a lower mood. Read the full article.

Study Shows High Risk of Depression in Surgeons [back to top]
A recent study from Chicago reveals that surgeons have a severely high risk of depression and suicide, yet only a small percent seek mental health treatment. The study consisted of 8000 surgeons who were questioned if they had any recent thoughts of suicide in the past year. About 6% of the study said they had, and 16% of those doctors had made a major medical error. Results also showed that only one quarter of surgeons who reported suicidal thoughts had sought out help. The research suggested risk factors include burnout, long work days and medical errors. To learn more see Canadian Press. The detailed study can be found at Archives of Surgery.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hundreds of Smiles for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Campaign [back to top]
On February 9, Bell Canada's first annual Let’s Talk Day, an awareness day reduce mental illness stigma, raised over $3.3 million towards Canadian mental health initiatives. On Let’s Talk Day, 5 cents from every Bell text message and long distance call went to supporting mental health initiatives in Canada. Bell’s main mental health voice Olympian Clara Hughes spoke out about her struggles with depression, and people participated by sharing their stories on Bell’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, and uploading a picture of their smile to Bell’s website, where hundreds accumulated in a public photo album. Watch the CTV news story where CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch counsellor April Porter shares her battle with bipolar disorder (12 minutes in), as well as Clara Hughes’s story on depression. To learn more about the campaign, visit letstalk.bell.ca

Participants Needed: Constructing Recovery Narratives in People with Bipolar Disorder [back to top]
The Collaborative RESearch Team (CREST.BD) is asking people with Bipolar Disorder to step forward and share their story of recovery. Funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, CREST.BD is conducting a study to further understand the recovery process, using prepared questionnaires and interviews with experienced researchers. Those interested are eligible to participate if they have Bipolar Disorder (Type I or II) are 19 and 65 years of age, live in the Greater Vancouver area, and are willing to discuss their recovery in 4 sessions over 2 months. To participate, contact CREST.BD research coordinator Sharon Hou at 604-822-7247, or at sharon.hou@ubc.ca. To learn more about the study, visit CREST.BD.

Online Survey: Older Women’s Information Needs on Medications [back to top]
Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence is asking service providers and women over 60 to participate their study, "Older Women’s Information Needs on Medications". The online surveys ask about older women’s health issues and their ability access to resources related to using medications. If you are a Canadian service provider or researcher that plays a role in older women’s safe use of medications, visit app.fluidsurveys.com/s/serviceproviders to take the 15 minute survey. If you are a female Canadian over 60 who takes prescription, over the counter or natural medication, take the 20-30 minute survey at app.fluidsurveys.com/s/olderwomen. Those who complete the survey can enter to win a $100 dollar gift certificate. The survey closes March 5, 2011. For more information, visit www.pwhce.ca or contact Harpa Isfeld at harpa.isfeld@gmail.com or 604-989-9172.

NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

CBC Radio’s The Current Airs National Call-In Special Episode on Mental Health [back to top]
On January 7 CBC's The Current aired a special on mental health hosted by former Barenaked Ladies lead singer Steven Page, who talked about his own experience with depression and interviewed a teenager, on her battle with depression and history of self-harm. Due to the popularity of the show, a second was aired the following Thursday, with Steven Page as guest host again. The second show welcomed callers from all over Canada to share their experiences with mental illness. The episodes are part of a larger CBC project, Live Right Now, to help Canadians lead healthier lives. Listen to The Current’s Jan 7 Episode and Jan 13 Episode with host Steven Page. Read more about the Live Right Now project.

Beautiful Minds Radio Show on Co-op Radio 102.7 FM [back to top]
Beautiful Minds, a new radio program dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental illness, is kicking off 2011 with a compelling line-up of shows. Their next shows air February 14, a Valentine’s Day special focused on mental illness and relationships, and February 21 on comedy and mental illness. Listen in by visiting www.coopradio.org or tune in at Co-op Radio 102.7 FM. People with ideas for future shows are welcome to send an email to info@beautifulmindsradio.org, or to fill out the form at the Beautiful Minds website.

PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS

Movie Mondays in Victoria [back to top]
Movie Mondays is a weekly event in Victoria supporting those with mental health issues and bringing together the community, providing a positive interface for individuals to learn more about mental health. Movies are shown at 6:30 pm at the Eric Martin Pavilion, in the 1900 block of Fort St. and are free to attend. For more information on Movie Mondays, visit www.islandnet.com/mm.

  • Feb 14 - Mary and Max
  • Feb 21 - Beautiful Dreamers
  • Feb 28 - The Social Network

'In the Know' Sessions for Parents and Caregivers [back to top]
In the Know is a monthly networking and information sharing session that provides an expert perspective on what parents and caregivers really want to know. This lecture series is presented by FORCE (Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality Society for Kids’ Mental Health). Sessions can be accessed via conference-call, internet webcast or in-person video-conference in participating communities. These sessions are targeted towards parents and caregivers. All Sessions are 7 – 8 pm. Contact forceintheknow@gmail.com to register. For more information, visit www.forcesociety.com.

  • Mar 9 - Trauma Informed Care: what it means

BCSS Strengthening Families Together Course – Feb 15 [back to top]
BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) is hosting a free 9-week program for families and friends with a loved one dealing with a serious mental illness. The course provides information about living and coping with mental illness day to day, as well as basic information on the processes of treatment, the mental health system, support and recovery. The next group meeting is near 16th and Burrard, 6:30 – 8:30pm. For details on location and about other events, visit the BCSS events page. Register by contacting Coordinator Linda Proudfoot at (604) 247-1884 or lproudfoot@bcss.org.

Frames of Mind Monthly Film Series: The Game of Death – Feb 16 [back to top]
The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinematheque will be continuing their Frames of Mind Film Series with The Game of Death. This French documentary explores the Milgram experiment of the early 1960s. The game show, in which participants gave electric shock to another contestant, tested people’s limits in morality and their obedience to authority. Frames of Mind is a monthly film series that uses film to promote awareness of mental health and illness issues. The screening starts at 7:30pm, with a post-screening discussion with Dr. Dave Unger, clinical ethicist for Providence Health Care and Dr Peter Suedfeld, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UBC. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors. The screenings are held at the Pacific Cinematheque Theatre, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver. For more information visit www.framesofmind.ca.

British Columbia Psychological Association Awards Dinner – Feb 18 [back to top]
In conjunction with Psychology Month, the BC Psychological Association (BCPA) is hosting their first public BCPA Awards Gala to recognize the work of prominent psychologists in BC. Guest speakers include Dr. Julio Montaner, Clinical Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and Dr. Gabor Maté, author of When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, and In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Costs are $75 for BCPA members and $95 for non-members. The awards dinner will be from 5:45 - 9:30pm in the Alice MacKay Room, in the Library Square Conference Centre on 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. Register now on the BCPA website.

Loco Motion Presents 3 One-Act Plays About Mental Illness – Feb 18 and 19 [back to top]
The Loco Motion live theatre company invites you to their first production, featuring 3 one-act plays, What’s Normal, A Lady of Letters, and Her Big Chance. What’s Normal, an educational, dramatic comedy written by Vancouver playwright Mary F. Sousa, follows the story of a dramatically romantic 29-year-old woman living with schizophrenia. Lady of Letters and Her Big Chance are two highly praised English comedies written by British playwright Alan Bennett. Formed in the fall of 2010 and supported by Vancouver Coastal Health and Gastown Vocational Services, Loco Motion is a live theatre company comprised of and dedicated to people in recovery. Their award-winning talent educates and promotes mental illness awareness. The plays show on the 1st Floor of the Jim Pattison Pavilion at the Vancouver General Hospital. Tickets are $12 at the door or can be reserved by contacting Loco-Motion-tickets@live.ca. Visit Locomotion at www.loco-motion.ca or find them on Facebook.

Annual Chinese New Year Banquet – Feb 22 [back to top]
Kiwassa Community Mental Health Program is hosting their Annual Chinese New Year Banquet. This special event takes place at the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House on 2425 Oxford St. (near Nanaimo) from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The annual banquet is only one of the programs under the Evergreen Project, an initiative to assist adults with mental health issues by providing gatherings of mutual support and community activities. For Details on the event, to view February’s event calendar and learn more about the Evergreen Project visit www.spotlightonmentalhealth.com or contact Emmett Boyer at 604.809.1472 or by email at EvergreenTreeMHC@shaw.ca.

Pinwheel Education Series: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Feb 22 [back to top]
Kelty Mental Health and Resource Centre presents a panel discussing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a treatment that calls attention to how we think, feel and act. CBT has been used more and more through its effectiveness in treating a wide range of mental illnesses, including anxiety and depression. The discussion is from 12 to 1pm, the event is free and all are welcome. To join the teleconference call 1-877-291-3022 and dial code 4611577#. For more information, view the event listing or contact Kelty Mental Health at Phone: 604.875.2084 or by email at keltycentre@bcmhs.bc.ca.

Let’s Dialogue: How Does Recovery Hit the Ground? – Feb 22 [back to top]
This month's recovery dialogue looks at the Role of Siblings in Recovery. Consider other perspectives, build relationships and discuss practice with other family members with a lived experience of mental illness. The group meets between 12:15 and1:45 at the Raven Song Community Health Centre, on 2450 Ontario Street. A pizza lunch is provided, RSVP by Thursday, February 17. For more information contact Jennifer Ho at jennifer.ho2@vch.ca or 604-708-5224. For more information about the Raven Song Community Centre, visit the Vancouver Coastal Health website.

CREST.BD on Bipolar Disorder hosts Community Engagement Night – Feb 24 [back to top]
Collaborative RESearch Team (CREST.BD) is hosting Community Engagement night, an evening of learning about Bipolar Disorder (BD) and connecting with mental health professionals. Psychologists, a family therapist and mental health educator will present their latest research about BD, including cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, use of recovery narratives, and CREST.BD’s knowledge exchange activities. The event is 6:30 to 8:30pm at UBC Robson Square and is free and open to the public. For more details, view the event poster, visit www.crestbd.ca, or contact Sally McBride, CREST.BD Community Liaison Lead at sally.mcbride@ubc.ca.

Under One Umbrella 2011: Annual Fair for the Homeless – March 12 [back to top]
The Under One Umbrella Society presents their annual fair, Under One Umbrella 2011, providing free services for homeless or those needing social support in the Downtown East Side. Free food, haircuts, bike repair, pet care, employment services, housing information, and income assistance are only a few of the services presented. The fair is from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St, Vancouver. If you are interested in volunteering or donating warm clothing, contact uousociety@gmail.com.

Navigate a Road to Recovery - WRAP – Feb 24 - Mar 31 [back to top]
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is open to anyone who has experience living with mental illness. Take charge of your own recovery journey by developing an action plan for wellness and recovery. Developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, the program is made to help you create your own recovery and crisis plan. The current program is the Midtown Team, located at 2450 Ontario St. from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Space is limited so register early by calling Debbie or Renea at 604-708-5274 and leave your name and phone number.

 

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

CMHA BC's Mental Health Works Workshops March 3 [back to top]
As a part of the Bottom Line Conference: The Psychologically Safe Workplace on March 2 + 3, CMHA BC Division offers four full-day and half-day workshops. Learn about Assessing Psychological Safety in the Workplace with Dr. Joti Samra, a clinical psychologist and lead developer of Guarding Minds @ Work. Also check out award-winning Complex Issues, Clear Solutions from CMHA's Mental Health Works. The deadline to register is Feb 16, for details and registration visit www.bottomlineconference.ca
>>CMHA's Mental Health Works workshops are available year-round across BC. Find out more at
www.mentalhealthworks.ca

  • Complex Issues, Clear Solutions – 9am – 4:30pm
  • Mental Health and Psychological Safety – the Role of the Joint Workplace Health and Safety committee – 9am – 4:30pm
  • Looking Good: How you can implement positive workplace mental health programs – 9am – 12 noon
  • Assessing psychological safety in the workplace – 1pm - 4:30pm

The Space Between: Working Bi-Culturally – Feb 16[back to top]
The Federation of Community Social Services presents a conference for service providers and sector leaders addressing current cultural issues and how to improve social services for Aboriginal children and families. Leading the discussion are guest speakers Paul Lacerte, Executive Director of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Wedlidi Speack, Director of Aboriginal Services Change in Ministry of Children and Family Development. The conference runs from 9 to 4:30pm and is at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, on 463 Bellville Street. For more information, view FCSS’s event page or contact Susan Choo at 250-480-7387 or at susan@fcssbc.ca.

Rapid Recovery Techniques For Depression & Low Self-Esteem in Duncan Feb 24 - 25 [back to top]
Jack Hirose and Associates Inc. will be hosting several mental health and educational seminars from November to July 2011 that provide training to mental health care professionals. Topics include childhood aggression, dealing with trauma, self-esteem issues and more. The next workshop, Rapid Recovery Techniques For Depression & Low Self-Esteem for professionals, runs 8:30 to 4:30pm for two days with an additional evening session, Science of Addiction on Feb 24 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. For more information on events, locations and registration, visit www.jackhirose.com.

Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders March 4 [back to top]
The British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA) is hosting a workshop addressing Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders. The full-day course will teach participants to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with patients with a personality disorder and how to identify and understand their thinking patterns. Dr. Judith Beck, President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research will be leading the course. The workshop is on March 4th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Broadway Church on 2700 East Broadway, Vancouver. Costs are $165 for BCPA members and $235 for non-members. For more details, read the brochure or visit the BCPA website to register.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy – April 1 [back to top]
BCPA presents a workshop in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), where participants will learn the basis of IPT theory, and how to use IPT techniques into their own practice. Multimedia presentations about and supporting research in IPT and videos of expert and patient perspectives will be followed by group discussions. The workshop is April 1st, from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Broadway Church on 2700 Easy Broadway, Vancouver. Costs are $165 for BCPA members and $235 for non-members. Register online or learn more from the brochure. For additional information and other workshops visit the BCPA website.

CONFERENCES

6th Annual Western Canada Aboriginal Health Forum – Feb 15 – 16 [back to top]
The Aboriginal Health forum will give an overview of the practical steps being taken to improve the health of Aboriginal communities. The conference will examine a variety of aboriginal health issues involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Join health directors, band council members, workers from Health Canada, and health service professionals in discussions on mental health in children and youth, the effects of poverty and substandard housing on health, and new approaches to aboriginal practises for people on and off reserves. For more information and to register online, visit www.insightinfo.com/aboriginalhealth. To register by phone, call 1-888-777-1707.
>>Learn about CMHA's Connecting the Dots project, promoting the mental health of young Aboriginal families

Lost in Translation - Conference on Trauma and Addictions Feb 15 - 17 [back to top]
Lost in Translation is a 3-day international conference that will discuss the relationships between addiction, concurrent mental illnesses and approaches to treatment. Topics include psychosis and addiction, depression with substance use, and new therapeutic options. Lost in Translation is held at the UBC Point Grey Campus Life Sciences Institute 2350 Health Sciences Mall in Vancouver. Early bird rates are $425 for the full conference and $250 for one of the three days. To view the flyer and register for the conference, visit www.cheos.ubc.ca Applications can be directed to Ida Chan, for the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation BC Conference – Feb 17 [back to top]
Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) BC is hosting their annual conference focusing on PSR treatment in the community. Topics include building relationships, personal experiences of PSR treatment, and practical skills in PSR. The conference is being held at Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus in Lecture Room 2201, from 9:00 am to 4:00pm, with the PSR BC Annual General Meeting at 12:00 noon. All are welcome and admission is $25 for members, $50 for non-members and $10 for consumers and families. RSVP by February 4, 2011 to darrellroemer@newviewsociety.ca. Participants can pay at the door or send a cheque to PSR BC, #205 2248 Elgin Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 2B2. Learn more about PSR BC at www.psrbc.com/about.htm.

CMHA’s Bottom Line 2011: The Psychologically Safe Workplace – March 2 3 [back to top]
Workplace safety also means psychological safety. CMHA’s 8th annual Bottom Line Conference will bring together 300 workplace leaders to learn how to protect the mental health of workers. Speakers include Rona Maynard, former Editor-In-Chief of Chatelaine, Mary Ann Baynton and LCol Stéphane Grenier from the Mental Health Commission and CBC’s Shelagh Rogers. Hear real stories and solutions from workplaces across BC. Increase your ability to respond to workplace mental health concerns with hands-on workshops. The Bottom Line Conference takes place March 2 and 3, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place. Register by Feb 16 at www.bottomlineconference.ca

MDA National Mental Health Conference in Winnipeg – March 23 – 24 [back to top]
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba presents national conference, Mental Health Disorders: Challenges in the Workplace, Aboriginal Communities & the Criminal Justice System. The 2-day conference provides 19 workshops which cover issues regarding suicide, women’s mental health, youth and bullying, post-traumatic stress disorder and creating a healthier workplace. MDA also offers 5 additional pre-conference workshops on March 22. Early bird fees, until February 28, are $250 for a pre-conference workshop and $400 for the conference. Register or learn more about the conference at www.2011mentalhealthconference.com.

7th Annual Pacific Forensic Psychiatry Conference – March 30 Apr 1 [back to top]
The Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission and BC Mental Health and Addiction Services present a conference to discuss the best practices in Forensic Mental Health. Training seminars and workshops will cover topics including rehabilitation in a custody setting, people with mental illness and their interaction with the police, and mental health in First Nations communities. The conference is at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Early bird student prices are $200 for one day, and $350 for all three days. Regular prices are $300 for one day, and $590 for three days. Register online or contact Merle Wray at mwray@phsa.ca or 604-524-7518. For more details, visit www.forensicpsychiatryconference.com.

 

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