Volume 85: May 2010
mind matters : bc's mental health news

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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.

MIND MATTERS is completely free and your e-mail address is not shared with any third party nor is it used for other purposes other than delivering the e-newsletter. If you would like to know more about our efforts to ensure your privacy is maintained, please contact our office. Mind Matters wouldn't be possible without the help of gaming revenue from the Province of British Columbia and support from donors. Your gift helps CMHA continue to provide services and make mental health a priority in BC.

 

CMHA NEWS:


CMHA BC Division Looking for Event Coordinator - June 4 Deadline
Help Us Make a Difference - Join Our Board! - June 4 Deadline
Enter to Win $100 and Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) will Donate $1 to CMHA
Mark the Date: Bottom Line Conference 2011 on March 2 and 3
Mental Health Works Full-day Workshops in Nanaimo and Vancouver - June 15 and 24
Mental Health-Related Legal Resources for Multicultural Communities
CMHA Launches Mental Health and High School Curriculum
CMHA's Mark Ash Wins Courage to Come Back 2010 Award
Community Bike Ride - June 27th
Health Lecture Series in North Vancouver

FEATURED PROGRAM:

Community Navigator Project Results and Success Stories

 

CANADIAN RESEARCH:


Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts
Food Supplement that May Prevent Post-Partum Depression
Report Looks At Interconnections Between Mental Health and Substance Use Problems

RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

Linkages to Child Welfare Agencies Increase Mental Health Service Use
Post-partum Depression May Also Affect Fathers
Work Pressure Can Be Hard on a Woman's Heart

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Zyprexa Users May Be Entitled to a Settlement, Following Settlement Agreement
$225 M in Housing Investments to Create 1,006 New Homes
$1.5M Mental Health Funding Available from Canada Post - May 31 Deadline
Calling Local and International Artists for Eco-Madness – June 10 Deadline
Environmental Scan of Aboriginal Mental Health Resources Underway
Social Determinants of Mental Health Research Fellowships - Toronto
New Tool Assists Police in Helping BC Youth
Canada Post Strengthens Commitment to Mental Health
New Partnership Between Canada Post and Stand Up for Mental Health

NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES:


Registered Disabilities Savings Plan (RDSP) One-to-One assistance and Info groups

 

PUBLIC EDUCATIONS EVENTS:

Addicted: A Comedy of Substance – May 27-29 and June 4-5
Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Debut Show - May 31
Social Anxiety in Children and Adolescents Teleconference – June 8
Workplace Mental Health Promotion How-to Webinar – June 22
Ride for Mental Health Awareness – July 1

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:

Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Neglect on the Developing Child - June 2-3
Mental Health Works Full-day Workshops in Nanimo and Vancouver - June 15 and 24

CONFERENCES:

At the Centre of the Circle Conference - June 11 in Regina
Health of the Homeless – Homelessness Summit – June 21 and 22
Aboriginal Mental Health Conference – June 22 and 23
Mental Health Camp – July 10
Brain Development and Learning Conference - July 16-20

 

 

CMHA NEWS

CMHA BC Division Looking for Event Coordinator - June 4 Deadline [back to top]
CMHA BC Division is currently looking for a highly motivated and organized event coordinator with at least 2 years experience to fill their event coordinator position. The event coordinator is responsible for providing logistical and organizational support for our annual conference, fundraisers and other smaller events. See the full job description for details. Applications are due Friday, June 4, 2010.

Help Us Make a Difference - Join Our Board! - June 4 Deadline [back to top]
Nominations are now open for four positions on CMHA BC Division's Board of Directors, the group of volunteers that govern the Association. CMHA BC is seeking individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in helping us fulfill our vision of improving the mental health of all British Columbians. Download the full job description and nomination package or pick one up from your local CMHA branch. Nominations are due at the BC Division office by Friday, June 4, 2010.

Enter to Win $100 and Pacific Blue Cross will Donate $1 to CMHA - May-June [back to top]
Pacific Blue Cross, a not-for-profit organization that provides health, dental, travel, life and disability coverage, has recently started a new donation campaign for CMHA BC Division. During the months of May and June, Pacific Blue Cross will be donating $1 to CMHA BC for every person who signs up for direct deposit and to receive online statements with their services. Additionally, those who sign up will also be eligible to win 1 of 20 $100 Visa gift cards. Learn more about the campaign and Pacific Blue Cross' social responsibility and community connection initiatives visit www.pbchbs.com.

Mark the Date: Bottom Line Conference 2011- March 2 and 3 [back to top]
CMHA BC Division is pleased to announce the Bottom Line Conference will be returning for 2011! Please mark your calendars for their 8th conference on workplace mental health at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Sign up for email updates and stay tuned for more details at www.bottomlineconference.ca.

Mental Health Works Full-day Workshops in Nanaimo and Vancouver - June 15 and 24 [back to top]
CMHA BC Division is hosting "Complex Issues Clear Solutions," a Mental Health Works workshop in Nanaimo and Vancouver this June. 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 $295 (group rates available) and seating is limited. All workshops run from 9:00 am-4:30 pm and provide refreshments and lunch.
Nanaimo - June 15 - Lantzville Room, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street - Limited to 18 Participants
Vancouver - June 24 - Volunteer Vancouver Centre, 1183 Melville Street - Registration deadline June 11th
For more information or to register for either event, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/workshops.

Mental Health-Related Legal Resources for Multicultural Communities [back to top]
The latest issue of WithinSight e-news highlights different legal services available to multicultural communities in BC, particularly services that offer information and advice around mental health and health law. WithinSight is produced every two months by CMHA BC Division on behalf of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Read the latest issue and sign up for WithinSight at www.heretohelp.bc.ca/other-languages.

CMHA Launches Mental Health and High School Curriculum [back to top]
School-aged children and youth are a vulnerable community and, unfortunately, schools are often underequipped and too poorly supported to deal with any mental health challenges that they come across. CMHA National, in partnership with the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health (SLFC), are proud to launch of the first Canadian Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide. The program was been developed in cooperation with teachers, educators and mental health professionals across Canada and is currently being piloted in several schools in Nova Scotia, Ontario and BC. The guide is now available at www.cmha.ca/highschoolcurriculum/.

CMHA's Mark Ash Wins Courage to Come Back 2010 Award [back to top]
Every year, Coast Mental Health hands out awards to six outstanding people in recognition of their courage to overcome and recover from an illness, injury or adversity. On May 6th, Mark Ash, who volunteers regularly at the CMHA Richmond Branch, received the Courage to Come Back 2010 Award for physical rehabilitation. Mark is known for his musical career in 80s, having played on some of Vancouver's biggest stages and opening for popular bands such as Blue Oyster Cult. However, in 2001, a car accident left him with a serious brain injury and the inability to talk, walk or take care of himself. Since then, Mark has built himself back up on the basics, relearning how to maintain his balance and how to speak. He now leads a therapy program at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and several "Wellness through Music" programs at the Pathways Clubhouse and Vancouver Headway Centre. For more information on Mark and other recipients of the award, visit www.coastmentalhealth.com.

Community Bike Ride – June 27 [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch is hosting their second annual ride to support mental wellness and recovery. The event that brings together hundreds of cyclists of all levels to enjoy a ride through Vancouver and Burnaby and raise money to support mental health services in the community. For details and registration visit www.cmhacommunityride.ca

Health Lecture Series in North Vancouver – June [back to top]
CMHA North & West Vancouver Branch will be hosting several lectures over the course of June in support of mental health and awareness. Lectures include topics such as spiritual healing and treatments, stress and its effects, emotional eating and more. Lectures will take place every Wednesday at 7:00pm on the 2nd floor of the John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, starting June 2nd. Admissions are by donation.
June 2 - Stress - Its Effects on the Brain and Nervous System
June 9 - Aligning Purpose, Passion and Possibilites!
June 16 - Communication: Beyond Talking and Listening
June 23 - Stop the Cycle: Emotional Eating
June 30 - Express Yourself Evening: Techniques to Express Yourself
For more information and details contact Janyse Hrynkow at 604-987-6959 or online at www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca.


FEATURED PROGRAM

Community Navigator Project Results and Success Stories

The Community Navigator project is a program to help connect clients contacted through the Homeless Outreach Program and other referral sources to achieve goals beyond housing through one-on-one support. It was piloted in 2008 by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, in partnership with CMHA BC, and aims to help individuals access government and community services and programs in order to improve their participation in their communities.

The program achieves this by employing Community Navigators whose goals are to provide assistance in obtaining Persons with Disabilities (PWD) or Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefits and to help people access necessary medical health services in order to maintain and enhance their health. The third goal of a Community Navigator is to support the rebuilding and regrowth of an individual's personal support network, which may include assisting them in community participation and/or maintaining housing, employment or volunteer opportunities.

The following is a success story from one of the Navigators:
"When I began to work with Kat, she was socially isolated and getting through each day rather than living each day to its fullest. Kat suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and a social phobia. Through my meetings with Kat, she is now an active volunteer at the women's resource centre and has begun a small business creating window boxes called 'hope in a box.' She has these boxes displayed at some of the local retailers and is generating extra income for herself outside of her Persons with Disability Benefits."

The program has prospered since its introduction in 2008, and currently maintains over 250 regular clients across six locations in BC. Community Navigators are crucial to enhancing the existing services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have suffered from mental health and/or addiction issues.

The two-year pilot will be ending in October and is currently seeking funding to keep their services alive. For more results, success stories and a client letter from the Community Navigator Project, visit www.cmha.bc.ca.

CANADIAN RESEARCH

Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts [back to top]
Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts considers 14 topics, including income, stress and social exclusion as factors in Canadian Health. The report also outlines how Canada is addressing them and suggesting improvements. The report reveals some serious statistics: "Over 40% of Canadians with disabilities are not in the labour force, forcing many of them to rely upon social assistance benefits; Canada ranks 27th of 29 in public spending on disability-related issues." The report can be found for free online at www.thecanadianfacts.org

Food Supplement May Help Prevent Post-Partum Depression [back to top]
According to research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, there may be a dietary solution to preventing post-partum depression. The supplement is meant to provide an alternative for a protein that 'eats' mood altering chemicals in order to combat this form of depression. Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, psychologist and project lead for the study, already has his team working with a natural manufacturer to create a simple and economically feasible food supplement. For more information, visit www.camh.net.

Report Looks At Interconnections Between Mental Health and Substance Use Problems [back to top]
The Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) has released a new research report detailing the relations between substance abuse and stress, trauma, mood disorders and more. The report focuses primarily on concurrent disorders, the term used to denote co-occurring mental illnesses and substance abuse issues. According to the report, more than 50% seeking help for addiction problems also have a mental illness. The report also includes several recommendations in response to the current handling of concurrent disorder issues. To view a CCSA video about concurrent disorders or to access the full report, visit www.ccsa.ca.


RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Linkages to Child Welfare Agencies Increase Mental Health Service Use [back to top]
A recent study in the US that has sampled over 1,500 children and youths examines whether the relationships between different service sectors, welfare and mental health, affect the service usage and results of those services. Data was taken from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, with candidates being chosen across 75 child welfare agencies (CWAs) that all had exposure to them within the past 15 months. Results concluded that service usage was increased by 4% in the case of joint relationships between CWAs and mental health agencies, and for every additional interorganizational relationship, mental health outcomes increased by 7%. To read more on the study, visit www.cwrp.ca.

Post-partum Depression May Also Affect Fathers [back to top]
A review of 43 studies, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says that around 10% of fathers experience prenatal or postpartum depression, compared to an estimated 4.8% rate of depression in the general male population. Prenatal and postpartum depression in mothers has been well documented while dads have received almost no medical attention from professionals. The study also notes a correlation between depression in fathers and mothers, suggesting that interventions that address the couple and family together will be more effective. To read the full article, visit jama.ama-assn.org or cbc.ca.

Work Pressure Can Be Hard on a Woman's Heart [back to top]
It has been well known that men who hold stressful jobs have an increased risk in developing cardiovascular disease. However, only recently has that research been extended to include women in the work force. New research form Denmark has studied the relationship between work pressure and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) in women, specifically nurses. IHD is characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart, and was responsible for 54% of cardiovascular-related Canadian deaths in 2005. The results of the study showed that the 60% of the nurses who reported their work pressure to be "much too high" were 35% more likely to develop IHD compared to those who reported to have "suitable" conditions. For more information, read the full article here, or check out the report here.
>> Interested in effects of stress in the workplace? Read the Workplaces issue of Visions at www.heretohelp.bc.ca.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Zyprexa Users May Be Entitled to a Settlement, Following Settlement Agreement [back to top]
The class action lawsuits against Eli Lilly Canada Inc. have just recently been resolved, reaching a settlement agreement for users of their antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa. Zyprexa is the company's brand name for olanzapine and is used in the treatment of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia as well as bipolar disorder. Lawsuits were initially spurred due to the lack of warning of the side effects of the drug, which included developing diabetes, hypoglycemia, ketoacidosis and pancreatitis. Now that a settlement agreement has been made, anyone that has used Zyprexa before June 6th, 2007 and has developed diabetes or other related disorders may be entitled compensation of up to $12,000. If anyone or their family members have used the drug before the date, they are advised to review the legal notice in order to understand their full legal rights. More information on the case is available at www.classaction.ca.

$225 M in Housing Investments to Create 1,006 New Homes [back to top]
The Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and the Streetohome Foundation have partnered up to provide 1,006 new supportive-housing units across 8 sites in Vancouver this year. These sites are in addition to another 6 previously announced by the Province and will provide a combined total of 1,575 units when construction is completed. The new investments will help those who are homeless or are in risk of homelessness and are another step in reducing homelessness in Vancouver. For more information on homelessness in BC, as well as provincial programs and services to address the issue, visit www.bchousing.org/breakingthecycle.
>> Help us keep supported housing on agenda. Join our Supported Housing Now campaign!

$1.5M Mental Health Funding Available from Canada Post – Applications Due May 31 [back to top]
In 2009, the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health raised $1.6 million through fundraising campaigns at post offices and community events planned by post office employees. They are now offering $1.5 M in funding to registered charities, who can now apply for it. Eligible charities must fund projects that offer frontline support for people affected by mental illness and families dealing with a mental illness as well. Instructions for applying and the application form can be found here, and the application deadline is May 31st at 5 pm EST. The original article can be found at canadapost.ca.

Calling Local and International Artists for Eco-Madness – June 10 Deadline [back to top]
Vancouvers Gallery Gachet is inviting local and international artists to submit works assessing psychological causes of and responses to current environmental crises. Works must involve environmental themes in relation to the ideas of psychology, ecology, creativity and mental health. All artist mediums, from live performances to paintings and new/mixed media, will be accepted as submissions for the exhibit, which will run from July 2nd to the 31st. For more information on submission guidelines, check out gachet.org or contact Cherise Clarke at madpride@gachet.org or 604-687-2468.

Environmental Scan of Aboriginal Mental Health Resources Underway [back to top]
The Mental Health Working Group of the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS) has begun an environmental scan research project. The project intends to research current resources for Aboriginal mental health in order to identify trends that may help future endeavours. The group invites anyone with information, or those who want more information to email Donna Michal at donnamichal@shaw.ca. For those interested in learning more about Aboriginal mental health, visit www.namhr.ca.

Social Determinants of Mental Health Research Fellowships [back to top]
The Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) has announced its first call for fellowship applications for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research students interested in the social aetiology of mental illness training program. The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) is based at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto, but includes international partners from across the globe. It is a unique centre of excellence for the study of the social determinants of mental illness and addictions. Fellowships are for one year, fully funded, research-based, and will help top class research students further develop their skills in investigating the social aetiology of mental illness. Check out the flyer here or, for more detailed information on how to apply, visit knowledgex.camh.net.

New Tool Assists Police in Helping BC Youth [back to top]
In an effort to assist police in promoting a fairer justice system for youth in BC, the BC Centre for Safe Schools and Communities is working with the Department of Justice Canada and E Division RCMP Youth Strategies Unit to develop a database of community programs regarding drug use and mental illnesses. The Extra Measures database will be provided to police officers in cars and detachments, and will also allow for better participation of positive youth development. To learn more, contact Annette Vogt at 604-870-5474 or visit www.ufv.ca.

Canada Post Strengthens Commitment to Mental Health [back to top]
Since 2008, Canada Post employees, customers and suppliers have raised more than $2.5 million for the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. In their efforts to continue contributing to mental health, Canada Post has announced that a portion of the proceeds from PriorityTM Next AM and XpresspostTM domestic prepaid envelopes will be donated to the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. A new envelope design was introduced alongside the announcement in order to help spread awareness about Mental Health in addition to providing funding to the Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that help others cope with mental illnesses. The program will be running until October 31, 2010. To read the full article, visit www.canadapost.ca.

New Partnership between Canada Post and Stand Up for Mental Health
[back to top]
Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) and Canada Post have recently announced a partnership, valued at $50,000, which will ensure the continuation of the popular laughter-therapy program across Canada. SMH is a program that combats the stigma of mental illness through laughter and helps people coping with mental health issues. They have just recently opened two new locations in Victoria and Montreal. For the full article, check out www.canadapost.ca.


NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

Registered Disabilities Savings Plan (RDSP) One-to-One Assistance and Info Groups [back to top]
The new RDSP is a savings plan designed specifically for people with disabilities. Depending on family income, the government will match up to $3 for every $1 saved in an RDSP account, up to $3500 per year; low income families can also benefit, with the government offering $1000 annually with no required contributions. The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) and Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks (PLAN) are currently offering one-to-one assistance to those interested in opening an RDSP account as well as providing teleconferencing and community information sessions for those interested in learning more about the plan. Visit www.forthefuture.ca to register for a community info session, or www.plan.ca to sign up for telelearning. You can also call PLAN at 604-439-9566 or email them at rdsp@plan.ca for individual assistance.


PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS

Addicted: A Comedy of Substance – May 27-29 and June 4-5 [back to top]
The 1st Season opener for the Third Degree Theatre Company aspires to have you laughing with the Canadian debut of Addicted, a one-man comedy centred on the experience of addiction and recovery. Written by comedian Mark Lundholm, the play is about making choices and getting a second chance, based on the author's own personal experiences. Doors open at 7:30pm and show at 8:00pm at the Second Storey Theatre in Port Coquitlam. Tickets are available for $15 online or by phone (604-612-9713) with student/senior discount rates also available. For ticket purchases or more information, visit www.thirddegreetheatre.ca.

Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Debut Show - May 31 [back to top]
This show will feature the Stand up for Mental Health 2010 comedy class, as well as comedian Mike MacDonald and counselor, stand-up comic and author David Granirer. David teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness, with the aim of building their confidence and fighting stigma and discrimination through laughter. The show looks at the lighter side of living with mental illness, such as taking medication, seeing cousellors, getting diagnosed and going through the mental health system. The show will partner with the Departments of National Defence, Veterans Affairs, the Legion and the BC Mainland Military Family Resource Centre and is dedicated to Canadian troops and their families. It will be held May 31 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage located at 2750 Granville St., Vancouver. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered at www.vancouvertix.com, by phone at 604-629-8849 or by email at pat@standupformentalhealth.com. For more information, visit www.standupformentalhealth.com

Social Anxiety in Children and Adolescents Teleconference - June 8
[back to top]
The Kelty Resource Centre will be hosting a teleconference on June 8 centred on youth and the effects of social environments and constructs. The conference will run from 12:00pm-1:00pm and will feature a doctor, a service provider and a family member/youth with lived experience. Call 1-866-265-1385, code: 604-707-6373 to join in on the day of the event. For more information visit www.bcmhas.ca, email keltycentre@bcmhs.bc.ca or call 604-875-2084.

Workplace Mental Health Promotion How-to Webinar – June 22 [back to top]
The Health Communication Unit and the Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario invite you to register for a half-hour webinar on workplace mental health promotion. The online event will take place on Tuesday, June 22, from 9:30 to 10:00, providing a brief introduction to the "Workplace Mental Health Promotion: A How-To Guide" website, an online resource that provides workplace intermediaries with well-researched information on improving the health of individuals and organizations. To register for the event, visit www.thcu.ca/workplace. The complete how-to guide is available at wmhp.cmhaontario.ca.

>> For more information on workplace mental health, visit the Mental Health Works website at www.mentalhealthworks.ca.

Ride for Mental Health Awareness – July 1 [back to top]
Starting on July 1st, long-distance cyclist Wayne McGuinness will be starting the Western leg of his cross-Canada bicycle journey to raise awareness for people who struggle with mental illness. After the unfortunate death of his wife to ovarian cancer in 2004, McGuinness completed a 3,200 km ride around Ontario, with donations going to the Juravanski Cancer Clinic. They raised $14,000 for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Wayne now rides for his son, who has both bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He starts in western Canada this summer and intends to ride through eastern Canada next year. McGuinness will be riding through Richmond and Vancouver on the 1st and 2nd of July. For more information, visit www.rideforcancer.yolasite.com which will be updated regularly throughout the trip.


COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Neglect on the Developing Child - June 2-3
[back to top]
A young child's development is strongly influenced by experience, and experience shapes the organization of the brain. Neglect and trauma are serious problems that can prevent children from reaching their full potential in life and which can lead to a variety of brain-related problems. This two-day course is for people who work with children, such as counselors, social workers, therapists, psychologists, and health care workers and would like to learn about childhood brain development, new treatments, practices, programs and policy. The course features Dr. Bruce Perry, teacher, clinician, and researcher in children's mental health. It will take place June 2-3 at the JIBC New Westminster Campus, 715 McBride Blvd, New Westminster, 9am-4:30pm. Fees are $345 ($325 early bird if registered before April 30) and $325 for a group ($305 early bird). Register online at www.jibc.ca/registration/register.asp or call 604-528-5590 (1-877-528-5591 toll free) or email register@jibc.ca

Mental Health Works Full-day Workshops in Nanaimo and Vancouver
- June 15 and 24
[back to top]
CMHA BC Division is hosting "Complex Issues Clear Solutions," a Mental Health Works workshop in Nanaimo and Vancouver this June. 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 $295 (group rates available) and seating is limited. All workshops run from 9:00 am-4:30 pm and provide refreshments and lunch.
Nanaimo - June 15 - Lantzville Room, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street - Limited to 18 Participants
Vancouver - June 24 - Volunteer Vancouver Centre, 1183 Melville Street - Registration deadline June 11
For more information, or to register for either event, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/workshops.


CONFERENCES

At the Centre of the Circle Conference in Regina - June 11 [back to top]
This conference is hosted by the CMHA Saskatchewan Division Inc., and the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan, with the theme of "Patient-centered Care within the Recovery Model." The keynote speakers will include Steven J. Onken, associate professor at the University of Hawai'i, who has done extensive research around implementing and measuring performance of recovery-focused care. The day will also include the annual general meetings of both host organizations, as well as a session of Laughter Yoga with Dianne Boy Fernandez. It will be held June 11 at the West Harvest Inn, 4025 Alberts Street, Regina. Fees are $135 for the full day for members and $160 for non-members, and $100 for the conference only for members, $125 for non-members and $60 for students. Financial assistance is also available to people with mental illness. For more information, visit www.cmhask.com or call CMHA Saskatchewan at 1-800-461-5483 or the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan at 1-877-584-2620.

Health of the Homeless – Homelessness Summit - June 21 and 22 [back to top]
The SFU Vancouver campus will be hosting the Health of the Homeless 2-day Homelessness Summit in late June. Presenting evidence on the growing difficulty and increasingly negative conditions on homeless people, the summit aims to bring together the city of Vancouver, along with some medical authorities, to discuss and propose solutions to homelessness and health issues. Health of the Homeless is presented by UBC Psychiatry, SFU, CHEOS, Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada, and The City of Vancouver. Tickets are $150 for two days. For more information, visit www.cheos.ubc.ca/ or call Ida Chan at 604-806-8306.

Aboriginal Mental Health Conference - June 22 and 23 [back to top]
The Networks for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR) will host its 2-day Aboriginal Mental Health conference near the end of June. The event will be health at the UBC First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, Vancouver BC and requires registration, which is free, before June 11th. To learn more about the conference, contact Colette Isaac at (514) 340-8222 ext. 5244 or email at Colette.isaac@mail.mcgill.ca. You can also check out their website at www.namhr.ca for more details.
>> Want to learn more about Aboriginal mental health? Read the issue of Visions on Aboriginal People at heretohelp.bc.ca.

Mental Health Camp - July 10 [back to top]
A conference on July 10th titled the Mental Health Camp will be discussing the intersection of social media and mental health. The conference was created after a successful panel discussion about the relationship of social networking and reducing the stigma around mental illness. It focuses on asking how blogging and the use of other social interactive activities can help provide awareness for mental health and connect people with issues to eachother. This will be the second conference in the series and the location has yet to have been announced yet. For further information on the conference, and to register, visit www.mentalhealthcamp.org.

Brain Development and Learning Conference- July 16-20 [back to top]
In July, Vancouver will host the Brain Development and Learning Conference: Making Sense of the Science. The conference is dedicated to improving the lives of children by presenting and sharing research on a broad spectrum of topics, including child psychology and adolescent mental health, with those who work with children on a daily basis. Details have yet to be announced about the registration fees and dates, but be sure to visit the conference website or blog for more details as they arrive.

 

DISCLAIMER

This newsletter contains information collected from a wide variety of sources, individuals and organizations which we consider reliable. However the content of the news delivered as well as referred to does not necessarily represent the official view of CMHA, BC Division. Under no circumstances shall CMHA, its employees, directors, volunteers, or the authors of information provided in this newsletter, be liable for damages, losses, demands, or claims.

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division is a provincial non-profit charitable organization which has, for the past 50 years in BC, been concerned with promoting the mental health of all British Columbians and changing the way we view and treat mental illness in BC. We are part of a national association with over 80 years of experience in Canada. CMHA staff and volunteers focus on four major responsibilities: policy, public education, community-based research, and mental health service and support resources. We are located at: 1200-1111 Melville St., Vancouver BC, V6E 3V6 Phone: 604-688-3234 or 1-800-555-8222 (free within BC); Fax: 604-688-3236.

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