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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.

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CMHA NEWS:

Ride Don’t Hide Welcome Home Celebration – November 12

Downtown Vancity Branch Accepting Ride Don’t Hide Donations

CMHA National Award Recipients Honoured at National Conference

CMHA Honours Senator Larry Campbell with Mental Health Voices Award

Register Now for the 2012 Bottom Line Conference – February 29-March 1

Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues Workshop – November 22

Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campuses Summit 2011 – November 18-19

Connecting the Dots: Promoting the Mental Health of Aboriginal Youth and Families in BC
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Celebrates 2011 Mental Health Voices Campaign
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Chinese Mental Health Promotion Program
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Get Set and Connect – November 3 & 16

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Mental Health First Aid Training – November & December

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Laughter Yoga – November 21 & December 19

CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch Fundraiser Garage Sale – November 2

CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch Health and Wellness Seminars
CMHA Kelowna Branch: Help Needed for Annual Christmas Party
CMHA Kelowna Branch Mental Health First Aid Training – November 24 & 25
Vote to Raise Funds for CMHA Cariboo Chilocotin Branch Transitional Housing

 

FEATURED PROGRAM:
Special Invitation: Ride Don’t Hide Welcome Home Celebration – November 12

CANADIAN RESEARCH:

Genetic Link to Suicidal Behaviour

Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly: Helping Children Overcome Trauma

Income Inequality Rising Quickly in Canada


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Liberals Plan Day of Action on Suicide Prevention

Join the Call for a BC Poverty Reduction Plan

Stand-up Comic David Granirer Receives Champion of Mental Health Award
Survey for People with Mental Illness in the Workforce
Education and Leisure Fund – Deadline November 28
Volunteer Opportunity: Peer Support Worker – Deadline November 10
Volunteer Mentors Wanted for UBC Health Mentors Program
Job Opportunity: Chinese-Speaking Community Mental Health Nurse
Call for Participants: Schizophrenia Research Study

 

NEW PROGRAM AND RESOURCES:

Changeways Groups in Cantonese and Mandarin – Open for Registration
Peer Support Group for People Living with a Disability
West Coast Mental Health Network Society’s Peer Support Groups

Ways to Heal: Telephone Coaching Program for HIV and Depression

Art Workshops for Women with Disabilities

Access 2 Entertainment Card for Support Persons of Persons with a Disability
Mental Health Commission of Canada Annual Report

Child & Youth Mental Newsletter

The Outlet: Mental Illness Blog
Tranquil Prisons Book Launch – November 10
I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help Best-Seller Book Available for Pre-Order
BC’s Kevin Katovic Releases Schizophrenia Memoir


PUBLIC EDUCATION:
CTV Series: Speak Out On Suicide
Mental Health And Addictions Radio Series: Taking Crazy Back
Movie Mondays in Victoria
Mentally Ill In Our Prisons Presentation – November 7
Free Mental Health Film Screening on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – November 9
Addiction Panel Discussion and Film in Richmond – November 16
Art Studios Winter Sale and Silent Auction – November 24

Free Tele-learning Sessions for Caregivers and Families
BC Schizophrenia Society: Endeavour Gala - November 18

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:
Mental Health Works Workshops and Presentations

Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues Workshop – November 22

Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Public Workshops

CONFERENCES:

Issues of Substance National Conference – November 6-9
Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference – November 16-18
Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campuses Summit 2011 – November 18-19
Register Now for the 2012 Bottom Line Conference – February 29-March 1


 

CMHA NEWS

Ride Don’t Hide Welcome Home Celebration – November 12 [back to top]
Michael Schratter has cycled across six continents and 33 countries with the goal of cycling 40,000 km. His mission is to raise $100,000 for CMHA’s child and youth mental health programs. Join the homecoming celebration and enjoy food, giveaways and prizes! You can also be part of Michael’s epic journey by cycling with him as he rides the last stretch from the Richmond Oval into Vancouver on November 12. Read our featured program for more details about the Welcome Home Celebration or visit www.ridedonthide.com!

Downtown Vancity Branch Accepting Ride Don’t Hide Donations [back to top]
The downtown Vancity branch is accepting donations for the Ride Don’t Hide campaign. For a $5 or $10 donation, you can receive a paper bike or globe to sign and post on the wall. The branch is located at 898 West Pender Street, Vancouver. For more information about the Ride Don’t Hide campaign, read our featured program or visit www.ridedonthide.com! All proceeds will benefit CMHA’s child and youth mental health programs.

CMHA National Award Recipients Honoured at National Conference [back to top]
Each year, CMHA recognizes and honours individuals and/or organizations for their leadership and contributions to mental health in their communities and who exemplify the CMHA vision and mission. This year we celebrate three awards with the following three recipients: Mr. Cliff Cross, Program Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Vernon, BC is presented with the C.M. Hincks Award; Mr. Eimert Koops from Kelowna, BC is presented with the Consumer Involvement Award; and CMHA Kelowna Branch is presented with the Edward J. Pennington Innovation Award. CMHA salutes this year’s award winners and applauds their many efforts to make a difference in mental health in their communities and in Canada. Visit www.cmha.bc.ca for more information about each recipient's work and involvement in mental health.

CMHA Honours Senator Larry Campbell with Mental Health Voices Award [back to top]
CMHA is pleased to present the 2011 Mental Health Voices Award to Senator Larry Campbell. The Mental Health Voices Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown courage, raised awareness, or encouraged acceptance and help for people with mental illness. A video of the award presentation was shown at CMHA branch events in BC during Mental Illness Awareness Week. Over the course of his career – through his work with the RCMP, as Chief Coroner, as Mayor and now Senator – Larry has championed mental health through his work on drug policy, suicide prevention, and promotion of mental health on a local, provincial and national level. Read the news release and watch the Mental Health Voices Award video at www.cmha.bc.ca.

Register Now for the 2012 Bottom Line Conference – February 29-March 1 [back to top]
The theme for the 2012 Bottom Line Conference is ‘5 Steps to Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace’. This conference has become the signature event for CMHA, creating awareness of the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces, and finding strategies and solutions that benefit both employers and employees. CMHA’s 9th annual conference will gather 300 executives, managers, union leaders, as well as HR and health professionals from workplaces to learn steps everyone can take towards building a psychologically healthy workplace. The conference takes place from February 29 to March 1, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The super saver deadline ends November 20 and rates ranges from $130 to 495. Register now at www.bottomlineconference.ca.

Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues Workshop – November 22 [back to top]
'Complex Issues. Clear Solutions: Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues Workshop' is an
award-winning workshop that provides clear strategies and practical tools for operational managers and union leaders. Develop your skills and comfort level to more effectively manage employees experiencing emotional distress. Topics include noticing changes in employee behaviour, communicating with the employee, dealing with performance, co-worker responses, and developing accommodations. For managers, supervisors, HR and union representatives. Limited to 18 participants. This workshop takes place on from 9am-4:30pm on November 22 at the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, 1200-1111 Melville Street Vancouver, BC. $295 (+HST) Includes refreshments and lunch. Register by November 10 online at www.cmha.bc.ca/workshops or call 1-800-555-8222 or 604.688.3234 ext 248 or email rose.chen@cmha.bc.ca.

Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campuses Summit 2011 – November 18-19 [back to top]
Do you wonder about how policies in college and university environments might be used to promote mental health and reduce risky substance use? Or have ideas about the connections between advocacy, human rights, mental health and substance use? Join the Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campuses 2011 Summit! This interactive event will allow summit delegates to have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of campus mental health promotion, learn about the role of campus decision-makers in cultivating a mentally health campus, or develop an understanding between advocacy, human rights, mental health and substance use. The registration fee is $35 for students; $50 for PSCA members and $75 for non-PSCA members. Deadline to register is November 11. The summit is from November 18 to 19 and is limited to 80 participants. For more information or to register, please visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca/connect/campus.

Connecting the Dots: Promoting the Mental Health of Aboriginal Youth and Families in BC [back to top]
Connecting the Dots (CTD) is an innovative community development and research project, which seeks to promote the mental health of urban Aboriginal youth and families. The project is led provincially by CMHA BC and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and is implemented locally in three British Columbian Aboriginal communities: Kelowna, Port Alberni and Quesnel. An exciting research update is that the Kelowna team is using photovoice as a qualitative research method for Aboriginal youth to record and reflect on their community's strengths and challenges through photography. Photovoice can promote critical group dialogue about personal and community issues and inform policy makers about mental health issues. To learn more about the CTD project, please visit www.cmha.bc.ca/connectingthedots.   

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Celebrates 2011 Mental Health Voices Campaign [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch recently held their own event to celebrate the 2011 Mental Health Voices campaign. The event went smoothly and was also compelling and inspiring as personal stories and experiences with mental illness was shared. The event organizers would like to thank many people for making the event a success: Grace; the board of directors and their friends and colleagues; Pacific Blue Cross for being the award sponsor and Fasken Martinea LLP for being the host sponsor. The event raised $16,000 towards the goal of $20,000. To help CMHA VB Branch reach their goal, you can donate by clicking here.

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Chinese Mental Health Promotion Program [back to top]
In the past 12 months, CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch’s Chinese Mental Health Promotion Program delivered over 113 workshops and support groups, reaching out to thousands of individuals and families in our community. The entire program is managed by Stella Lee and her amazing team of over 50 volunteers whom includes mental health clinicians, retired professionals, students and community supporters. On September 20, CMHA VB was honored to have guest speaker, 99 year old retired professor Chung-Hua Lau, share his Wellness Strategies on life and longevity. Chung-Hua Lau also gave a demonstration on his daily exercise routines. For more information on the program, please visit www.vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca.

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Get Set and Connect – November 3 & 16 [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch's Get Set and Connect Program is designed to help individuals living with mental illness make connections and form meaningful relationships with other individuals through activities in the community. The five components of the program include: one to one leisure and volunteer community access coaching; connecting through activity; a volunteer preparation course; monthly networking sessions; and the travel club. There is no cost to register. There is an orientation on November 3, 4:00 pm, at Kitsilano Community Centre located at 2690 Larch Street. There is also an orientation on November 16, 5:00 pm, at Firehall Public Library Branch located at 1455 West 10th Avenue. Please visit www.vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca for more information.

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Mental Health First Aid Training – November & December [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch is pleased to announce that Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are available for registration. The MHFA courses can teach participants how to provide initial help to people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. There are two types of MHFA course available: MHFA Basic and MHFA for adults who interact with youth. Topics include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and substance-related disorders. MHFA basic are available on November 17 and 18 and December 8 and 9. Cost to register is $158 per person. MHFA for adults are available on December 5 and 6. Cost to register is $175 per person. For more information or to register please visit www.vb.cmha.bc.ca.

CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch Laughter Yoga – November 21 & December 19 [back to top]
Join the CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch for laughter yoga! Laughter yoga was developed in India in 1995 and combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing. Laughter is stimulated as a body exercise in a group that soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Experience the scientifically proven health benefits of laughter with laughter yoga every third Monday of the month from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Participation is by donation and happens on November 21 and December 19 at the CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby Branch located at #110-2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver. For more information, please contact Leanne McLeod at 604-872-4902 extension 233.

CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch Fundraiser Garage Sale – November 2 [back to top]
CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch is holding a fundraising indoor garage sale where proceeds will go towards CMHA Health and Wellness Lecture series. The Health and Wellness series takes place once a week and covers a wide range of mental health topics and offers tips. See upcoming sessions in this issue of Mind Matters. The fundraiser garage sale will have bargains, loonie tables, silent auction and door prizes. Get an extra ticket for the door prize for every friend you bring! The fundraiser begins at 6:00 pm on November 2 at John Braithwaite Community Centre located at 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver. For more information, contact Janyse Hrynkow, Health and Wellness Coordinator, at 604-987-6959 ext 232 or janyse.hrynkow@cmha.bc.ca.

CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch Health and Wellness Seminars [back to top]
CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch are holding their Health and Wellness Seminars for October and November. The seminars include presentations on a wide range of topics such as ADHD, tips on how to get organized and learning about art therapy. Everyone is welcome to these seminars which take place every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm at the second floor of John Braithwaite Community Centre located at 145 West 1st Street in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Contact Janyse Hrynkow at 604-987-6959 or visit www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca to see upcoming sessions or for more information.

CMHA Kelowna Branch: Help Needed for Annual Christmas Party [back to top]
CMHA Kelowna Branch is looking for help to host their annual Christmas party. Each year, in partnership with the Mental Health Department of Interior Health Kelowna, CMHA Kelowna Branch hosts a Wellness Development Centre Christmas party for all of their program participants. The Wellness Development Centre (WDC) is a program that provides wellness and community for adults experiencing mental health concerns. For more information about WDC, please visit www.kelowna.cmha.bc.ca. If you are able to donate gift baskets, gift cards or cash (over $20 is eligible for a tax receipt), please contact Candace at 250-861-3644 or candace.giesbrecht@cmha.bc.ca.

CMHA Kelowna Branch Mental Health First Aid Training – November 24 & 25 [back to top]
CMHA Kelowna Branch is pleased to announce that Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are available for registration. MHFA is a 12-hour, two day training course delivered in four modules that can teach participants how to provide initial help to people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The MHFA course takes place from November 24 to 25. Cost to register is $158 per person. For more information or to register please visit www.kelowna.cmha.bc.ca/mental-health-first-aid.

Vote to Raise Funds for CMHA Cariboo Chilocotin Branch Transitional Housing [back to top]
CMHA Cariboo Chilocotin Branch is participating in the Aviva Community Fund and is now asking for your support by voting! Their idea is to turn an old kitchen into a fully functional kitchen at Jubilee Place. Jubilee Place is a transitional housing facility that house’s people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and supports them by providing services such as life skills training, access to job skills training or education upgrading. The kitchen would operate with the help of Jubilee staff, Jubilee tenants and other community partnerships such as local high schools and restaurants. The vision is to enable tenants to improve their quality of life through learning basic work-related skills and providing meals to low income members of the community. Learn more about CMHA Cariboo Chilocotin Branch’s idea or vote for them at www.avivacommunityfund.org. Voting for round 2 ends on November 9.


FEATURED PROGRAM

Special Invitation: Ride Don’t Hide Welcome Home Celebration – November 12  [back to top]

Ride Don't Hide

Join Mike Gillis, President and GM of Vancouver Canucks and friends on Saturday, November 12, 2011 by riding with Michael Schratter or attending the Ride Don’t Hide Welcome Home Celebration at Rogers Arena!

Be part of an epic cycling journey that saw Michael cycle 40,000 km around the world, crossing six continents and 33 countries over 15.5 months. Michael, a grade five teacher and columnist for 24H  newspaper, has cycled around the world to raise awareness about mental illness and shatter the stigma and misconceptions surrounding it. He's hoping to achieve or surpass his goal of raising $100,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s child and youth mental health programs, so please donate at www.ridedonthide.com.

The day’s cycling trip begins in Tsawwassen, winds past the Richmond Oval and Langara College, and finishes with a welcome home celebration at Rogers Arena. Cycle all of it, part of it, or simply attend this free community event at the arena.

For riding enthusiasts Approximately 61k
Departure time 8:00am
South Delta Recreation Centre
1720 56th Street, Tsawwassen

For casual riders Approximately 14.2k
Departure time 10:00am
Richmond Oval (Spirit Plaza, by the Fraser River)
6111 River Road, Richmond

For weekend riders Approximately 6.5k
Departure time 11:00am
Langara College
100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Welcome Home Celebration
Rogers Arena
800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, Gate 3
Arena Concourse open to public: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Expected arrival time of riders: 11:45am
Welcome program: 12:45pm – 1:15pm

Show your support for Michael "One Pedal at a Time" and ride with us on the final stretch of his journey. Ride as an individual or as a group, and wear your sports team or company colours!

To accommodate the numbers of riders please RSVP to the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division ridedonthide@cmha.bc.ca or at 604-688-3234. Please notify us how many riders will be in your party, and your departure site (Tsawwassen, Richmond or Langara).

Learn more about the impact of your donation at www.ridedonthide.com. Cycle with Michael as he heads towards the Ride Don’t Hide Homecoming Celebration on November 12, stay tuned for more updates at www.ridedonthide.com!


CANADIAN RESEARCH

Genetic Link to Suicidal Behaviour [back to top]
A study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found evidence that people with the methionine (“met”) variation of a particular gene is linked to a higher risk of suicidal behaviour. The data came from results collected from eleven different studies which included a total of 3,352 people, of whom 1,202 had a history of suicidal behaviour. The study is published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. These findings may lead to the testing and development of treatments that target this gene to help with suicide prevention efforts. Read the full study at www.sciencedaily.com/news/mind_brain.

Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly: Helping Children Overcome Trauma [back to top]
The theme for the summer 2011 issue of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly is Helping Children Overcome Trauma. The Quarterly is an electronic publication by the Child and Youth Mental Health Services and BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development. The Quarterly gathers available research evidence on children’s mental health intervention. Topics in this issue include identifying factors that leads to trauma or identifying effective therapies to help children overcome trauma. Visit the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly website at www.childhealthpolicy.sfu.ca to read the full publication.

Income Inequality Rising Quickly in Canada [back to top]
A study by the Conference Board of Canada reports that the gap between the rich and the rest is growing at an increasingly fast pace in Canada. The report says that income inequality has been rising more rapidly in Canada than the US since the mid-1990s. Read the study to learn how income inequality is measured, why income inequality increased and view interactive graphs and charts at www.conferenceboard.ca.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Liberals Plan Day of Action on Suicide Prevention [back to top]
The federal Liberals are planning to hold a day of action on suicide prevention to try and raise awareness about the need for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The federal Liberals have the backing of CMHA and the Canadian Psychiatric Association on their plans to call on the federal government to fund the prevention strategy. Over 3,000 Canadians commit suicide each year, yet Canada is one of the few developed nations without a national strategy for the prevention of suicide. Read more at www.ctv.ca.

Join the Call for a BC Poverty Reduction Plan [back to top]
Make poverty part of your municipal election by being part of the BC Poverty Reduction plan. BC Poverty Reduction is a coalition of the community and different groups in Vancouver and the lower mainland that came together with the aim of seeing an introduction of a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of BC.  Before Election Day on November 19, remind your local councillor of their commitment to poverty reduction by writing, emailing, phoning or meeting with at least one candidate and ask them what concrete actions they have taken or plan to take to reduce poverty in the community. Take action and join the call. Learn more about this campaign at www.bcpovertyreduction.ca.

Stand-up Comic David Granirer Receives Champion of Mental Health Award [back to top]
Congratulations to David Granirer for receiving the Champion of Mental Health Award for Mental Illness Awareness Week. The Champions of Mental Health awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of mental health agenda in Canada. David is a counsellor, stand-up comic, speaker and author who has taught stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. His work is featured in the VOICE award winning CBC Passionate Eye documentary Cracking Up. Impacted by his own experience with depression, David now gives laughter in the workplace to hundreds of organizations across North America, helping them use humour to decrease stress, increase wellness and cope with change. Read more about David and the other award winners by visiting www.miaw.ca.

Survey for People with Mental Illness in the Workforce [back to top]
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) would like to invite people living with mental illness to share about their experiences in the workforce in a short survey. The survey is part of MHCC’s Aspiring Workforce Project, which was developed to examine the existing and innovative practices that help people living with mental illness secure and sustain meaningful employment and/or sustainable income in Canada. The survey is 15 to 30 minutes long and is currently available in English only. To take the survey, please visit http://survey.camhx.ca/survey/AspiringWorkforce.aspx. For more information about the survey and/or the project, please contact Reena Sirohi at reena_sirohi@camh.net.

Education and Leisure Fund – Deadline November 28[back to top]
If you are receiving services for mental health and are thinking of taking courses to improve your skills, financial support is available. The Consumer Initiative Fund is accepting applications for their education and leisure fund. The fund will help reimburse Vancouver Community Mental Health Services winter courses and activities at Vancouver Coastal Health. Successful applicants must be a consumer of mental health services in Vancouver. Completed applications are randomly selected on a weekly basis. The deadline for applications is November 28. To apply or for more information, please visit www.spotlightonmentalhealth.com/news.htm and see ‘Education/Leisure Fund disbursement’.

Volunteer Opportunity: Peer Support Worker – Deadline November 10 [back to top]
The Transitions Through Volunteering Program is accepting applications for the position of a peer support worker. The program supports adults in the Tri-Cities and New Westminster in recovery from mental illnesses by helping them find volunteer opportunities in their community or beyond. Successful applicants will have personal experience with receiving mental health services, successful completion of a peer support training program and strong communication skills. This is a volunteer position for approximately 4.5 hours per week with a paid honorarium of $12 per hour. The position runs until March 31, 2012 with the possibility of renewal every six months and starts as soon as possible. Deadline to apply is November 10. To apply or for more information, please visit www.spotlightonmentalhealth.com/news.htm and see ‘Peer Support Working posting’.

Volunteer Mentors Wanted for UBC Health Mentors Program [back to top]
The UBC Health Mentors program is looking for adults who have a chronic condition or disability to become volunteer health mentors. Health mentors will be mentoring a team of four students over a period of 16 months. The mentors are experts on their health and will share about their experiences with the healthcare system and what it means to live with a chronic condition or disability. The mentors will be playing an important role in the early stages of students’ development and education in the health field. Students will be from various UBC disciplines including dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy or physical therapy. The program is set to pilot in Fall 2011. Visit www.chd.ubc.ca to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Job Opportunity: Chinese-Speaking Community Mental Health Nurse [back to top]
Vancouver Coastal Health’s South Community Mental Health Team is looking for a full-time Chinese-speaking community mental health nurse. Successful applicants must be able to speak Chinese fluently, have a diploma in nursing or psychiatric nursing and have two years recent experience working with individuals with a mental illness. This is a permanent full-time position working from 8:15am to 5:15pm on a nine day fortnight in Vancouver. The salary is from $30.79 to $40.42 per hour. The position begins as soon as possible. For more information or to apply for this job, please visit www.jobs.workpolis.com.

Call for Participants: Schizophrenia Research Study [back to top]
Do you have schizophrenia? The Office of Research Services at the University of British Columbia has reviewed and allowed ethics clearance for a new study on schizophrenia. The study will be looking at the effects of a new medication to treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia sponsored by Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. To participate, you must meet with the study coordinators to determine your eligibility, sign a consent form, complete 19 visits, complete a series of questionnaires and provide blood samples. Participants will be remunerated. The study will be conducted out of the Vancouver General Hospital, Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic located at 715 West 12th Avenue, Health Centre, Ground Floor, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M0. The study will be recruiting participants until December 2012. For more information call Boris Feldman at 604-875-5823.


NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

Changeways Groups in Cantonese and Mandarin – Open for Registration [back to top]
Vancouver Coastal Health is pleased to announce that the Changeways Program in Cantonese and Manarin is open for registration. Changeaways is a 12-week psycho-educational group for people suffering from anxiety and/or depression. The program is designed to help reduce anxiety, strengthen personal capacities and improve lifestyles. Content includes learning about stress, recognizing signs, symptoms, and causes of depression, or preventing mood problems from becoming unmanageable. The Mandarin program runs from January 31 to April 3 on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The Cantonese program runs from February 6 to April 16 on Mondays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  The program is free. If interested, please contact Denise Kan at 604-709-6501 extension #4.

Peer Support Group for People Living with a Disability [back to top]
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities has a peer support group for people living with a disability. This is an opportunity for people to exchange ideas and experiences in a confidential, respectful environment. The group will explore many topics, such as: daily living and coping in a changing world; personal wellness; or navigating medical systems. This is free, six-week session that is limited to 15 participants. There will be a trained facilitator and bus tickets and snacks will be provided.  The group starts on November 2 and meets every Wednesday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities located at #204-456 West Broadway, Vancouver. To register, please contact Nicole by October 18 at 604-875-0188 or Nicole@bccpd.bc.ca

West Coast Mental Health Network Society’s Peer Support Groups [back to top]
The West Coast Mental Health Network Society is a non-profit society that offers peer support, referral and information to the public and members who experienced treatment in the mental health system. Network peer support groups strive to offer a compassionate, encourage environment where members can benefit from fellowship and social interaction. Find out more about the different peer support groups or join a group at www.wcmhn.org/support-groups-wcmhn.pdf.

Ways to Heal: Telephone Coaching Program for HIV and Depression [back to top]
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities is developing a telephone coaching program called Ways to HEAL for people living with HIV and depression. Based on the HEAL framework (Health Education, Advocacy and Leadership) this program includes strategies for maximizing strengths and achieving goals while living well with chronic illness. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Shelley at 604-875-0188 or toll-free 1-877-232-7400 to leave a message, or email wdi@bccpd.bc.ca.

Art Workshops for Women with Disabilities [back to top]
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) is proud to present The Art in Her Illness, a four session workshop facilitated by two women artists living with chronic illness. Participants with some experience in the arts – literary, visual, performance, film - are encouraged to attend the sessions to explore the interplay between illness and creative expression. The session fees are between $10 to $20 and supplies and light refreshments will be provided. Sessions are from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on November 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the BCCPD office located at #204-456 West Broadway, Vancouver. If interested, please contact shetorethepage@gmail.com.

Access 2 Entertainment Card for Support Persons of Persons with a Disability [back to top]
The Access 2 Entertainment Card TM provides free admission for support persons accompanying a person with a disability at selected theatres and attractions across Canada. The person with the disability pays regular admission. Cards can be used at attractions such as: H.R. MacMillian Space Centre, Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, Famous Players Cinemas or Cineplex Odeon Cinemas. See the full listing of attractions and apply at www.access2.ca.

Mental Health Commission of Canada Annual Report [back to top]
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is pleased to announce that the French and English versions of their 2010-2011 interactive annual report is available online. The theme is ‘Together we can’ because the Commission’s accomplishments in promoting mental health, reducing stigma and improving services and supports are largely due to the collaboration with a wide variety of individuals, groups and organizations. Through the MHCC, hundreds of people in five Canadian cities has been housed through the At Home/Chez Soi project and over 20,000 people across Canada has been trained in mental health first aid, which became an official MHCC program in 2010. The report can be viewed at www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/annualreport.

Child & Youth Mental Newsletter [back to top]
The Mental Health Commission of Canada produced a special edition newsletter focusing on the issue of child and youth mental health. The newsletter introduces initiatives for improving child and youth mental health in the country, such as the Evergreen Framework, the youth advisory council or the Jack Project. Read more about the different projects and initiatives by going to www.mentalhealthcommission.ca.

The Outlet: Mental Illness Blog [back to top]
The Outlet is a blog for people to share their experiences with mental illness through personal stories or by showcasing their creative endeavours through artwork, writing, or poetry. The Outlet is also a source of information for resources, news, events, movies, books, and website related to mental illness or mental health. Learn and discuss the issues surrounding mental illness at www.outlet-of-mind.blogspot.com. Submissions are accepted from the Lower Mainland and Victoria and can be sent to rcaerweber@shaw.ca.

Tranquil Prisons Book Launch – November 10 [back to top]
The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequalities and Mental Health is pleased to announce the launch of Tranquil Prisons, written by author Erick Fabris. Erick is a former psychiatric patient and lecturer in disability studies at Ryerson University. Tranquil Prisons is described as a ‘unique academic study of psychiatric treatment’ where Erick discusses the use of chemical agents for treating mental illness despite the availability of more therapeutic choices. Join the book launch during 6-8pm on November 10 at the Gallery Gachet, located at 88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver. There will be appetizers, beverages and a history of madness contest. Please RSVP by November 1 to bja11@sfu.ca.

I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help Best-Seller Book Available for Pre-Order [back to top]
The author of the national best seller book I am not sick, I don’t need help,Xavier Amador, PhD, is coming to the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) Powell River Branch in February 2012. Xavier is a world-renowned clinical psychologist and professor at Columbia University Teachers College in New York City. Get your advance copy of the book for $20 from BCSS by contacting Danita Senf at 604-485-8266. Stay tuned for more updates about Xavier’s community visit!

BC’s Kevin Katovic Releases Schizophrenia Memoir [back to top]
Kevin Katovic grew in Comox Valley, BC and was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2000 while in his mid-20s. In his memoir Nowhere Near Perfect, Kevin describes his experiences from 2000 to 2007 of living with schizophrenia, including time spent hospitalized. Follow Kevin’s story and his road to recovery by purchasing his book for $25 at www.createspace.com/3608801.


PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS

CTV Series: Speak Out On Suicide [back to top]
CTV’s Canada AM recently aired a Speak out on Suicide series for one week in October. The series topics include youth suicide; suicide in the military; and the link between suicide and sports. CTV also compiled a list of suicide-related resources across Canada, a suicide factsheet and a compilation of stories that readers have sent in about their experience with suicide and mental illness. To read or watch this series, please visit www.ctv.ca

Mental Health And Addictions Radio Series: Taking Crazy Back [back to top]
Tod Maffin, a digital marketing strategist, is hosting a radio series about mental health and addictions. Tod experienced a devastating depression and addiction during his time as CEO of a multi-million dollar technology firm. Tod now speaks about the importance work-life balance and mental health in the workplace. The series Taking Crazy Back airs every Tuesdays at 6:00 pm on Great Talk AM 1110 KWDB. The series is also available online at www.todmaffin.com.

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.

  • November 7 - A Work in Progress
  • November 14 - Defendor
  • November 21 - Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
  • November 28 - Battle of Britain
  • December 5 - Journey on the Wild Coast

Mentally Ill In Our Prisons Presentation – November 7 [back to top]
The North Shore Schizophrenia Society is pleased to present Mentally Ill In Our Prisons, a presentation led by correctional investigator Howard Sapers, who is also Canada’s independent ombudsman for federal offenders. Howard will discuss how Canada is failing to provide people with serious mental illness treatment and services that would keep them out of the criminal justice system in the first place and also how Canada is failing to provide treatment and humane conditions to severely mentally ill inmates. The event is part of the North Shore Schizophrenia Society’s ongoing lecture series on series on serious mental illness. This free public event is held at 7:00 pm on November 7 at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, located at 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. For further information, please visit www.northshoreschizophrenia.org.

Free Mental Health Film Screening on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – November 9
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Anxiety BC and the Supporting Families with Parental Mental Illness and Addictions Committee is presenting a public film screening ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child. Children with OCD have obsessions that involve intrusive thoughts, images, impulses and compulsions that are repetitive and ritualistic, which can negatively impact a child’s daily functioning. The film will show parents and caregivers how to recognize and manage OCD using proven strategies. Join the filming at 7:00 pm on November 9 at the Ralph Fisher Auditorium in the Richmond Hospital located at 7000 Westminister Hwy, Richmond. For more information, please call Barbara Fee at 604-276-8834 or barb.fee@cmha.bc.ca.

Addiction Panel Discussion and Film in Richmond – November 16 [back to top]
In recognition of National Addiction Awareness Week, Richmond Addiction Services presents About Face: Destigmatizing Addiction in Richmond. The event includes a panel discussion and film about the unique perspectives about addiction in Richmond. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. The event takes place on November 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Richmond Cultural Centre, located at 180-7700, Minoru Gate, Richmond. For more information, call 604-270-9220 or email info@richmondaddiction.ca.

Art Studios Winter Sale and Silent Auction – November 24 [back to top]
The Art Studios is a non-profit program held by Vancouver Coastal Health that offers art classes to people with mental illness. The winter sale and silent auction will help raise funds, build awareness and offer great art to the community. All art work is created by members of the Art Studio and the sale will contain a variety of artwork such as pottery, jewellery, paintings, art cards or sculptures. Proceeds from these artworks will go towards the creators. A silent auction will also take place where proceeds will go towards Art Studios supplies and workshops. There will be door prizes and admission is by donation. The event is held from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on November 24 at Heritage Hall located at 3102 Main Street at 15th Avenue, Vancouver. For more Information about the event, please call 604-871-9788. For more information about the Art Studios program, please visit www.vch.ca/programs/art_studios.htm.

Free Tele-learning Sessions for Caregivers and Families - November 17 & 23 [back to top]
Care-ring Voice is hosting free tele-learning sessions in the month of November. Care-ring Voice is a free, bilingual and confidential program that connects caregivers and families to information and support through the use of tele-learning. Learning sessions are hosted through telephone and the web on a range of life-changing topics. Click the links below to register or view the upcoming sessions at www.careringvoice.com.

BC Schizophrenia Society: Endeavour Gala - November 18 [back to top]
The BC Schizophrenia Society is proud once again to be a recipient for this year’s Endeavour Society Annual Gala & Auction Benefit for the Arts, Sciences and Health. Each year Endeavour hosts an elegant black tie evening of fun and excitement that includes lively auctions, dinner and dancing The Gala will be held at the Hotel Vancouver on Saturday November 18, 2011. We are requesting donations for this year's auction. 100% of the auction price of your donated item goes directly to the BC Schizophrenia Society and all your donated items will receive a tax receipt for the market value. Please contact Jana Miller at 604-270-7841 ext. 202.


COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Mental Health Works Workshops and Presentations [back to top]
Mental Health Works offers year-round workshops about mental health in the workplace in one- to seven-hour presentations. Workshops include award-winning Complex Issues, Clear Solutions, a workshop for managers about how to identify and help employees living with a mental illness, and Awareness of Workplace Mental Health, to help employees speak out and support each other to reduce fear and stigma. Each presentation is delivered by a Mental Health Works Certified Trainer. To learn more about CMHA BC's Mental Health Works program, visit www.cmha.bc.ca/mentalhealthworks, and for upcoming Mental Health Works workshops visit www.cmha.bc.ca/workshops.

Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues Workshop – November 22 [back to top] 
'Complex Issues. Clear Solutions: Managing Workplace Mental Health Issues Workshop' is an
award-winning workshop that provides clear strategies and practical tools for operational managers and union leaders. Develop your skills and comfort level to more effectively manage employees experiencing emotional distress. Topics include noticing changes in employee behaviour, communicating with the employee, dealing with performance, co-worker responses, and developing accommodations. For managers, supervisors, HR and union representatives. Limited to 18 participants. This workshop takes place on from 9am-4:30pm on November 22 at the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, 1200-1111 Melville Street Vancouver, BC. $295 (+HST) Includes refreshments and lunch. Register by November 10 online at www.cmha.bc.ca/workshops or call 1-800-555-8222 or 604.688.3234 ext 248 or email rose.chen@cmha.bc.ca.

Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Public Workshops [back to top]
The Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) provides professional training and consulting services for individuals, schools, communities and organizations affected by or involved with issues of crisis and trauma. CTRI is holding a variety of public workshops in BC this fall with topics including addictions and mental illness, anxiety, gender and sexual identity in youth and crisis response planning. Workshop fees are $160 + HST for the early rate and $190 + HST for the regular rate. Please visit www.ctrinstitute.com/fall11bc.html for more information about the different workshops and how to register.


CONFERENCES

Issues of Substance National Conference – November 6-9 [back to top]
Issues of Substance (IOS) is Canada’s premier national conference on alcohol, drugs and other substances. Hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, IOS is held every two years to complement National Drug and Addictions Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Diversifying Our Investments: Capitalizing on Advances in Health Promotion, Prevention and Treatment and will focus on research and new practices in health promotion and prevention in order to invest limited funds to maximize positive outcomes for Canadians. Registration is $725. Student registration can be subsidized to $300. For more information please visit www.issuesofsubstance.ca.

Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference – November 16-18
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The theme of the 2011 Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference is Be Visible, Connecting Evidence to Action in Injury, Violence and Suicide Prevention and will highlight the latest and best practices in injury prevention and safety promotion policy and programs and will also discuss about networking between different sectors to promote action and policy change. Anyone interested in public health, transportation, sports and recreation, child protection or social services are welcome to attend. The conference is happening from November 16 to 18 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Registration is $599. There are also student rates and one day registration fees. Visit www.injurypreventionconference.ca for information about the conference speakers, agenda or registration.

Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campuses Summit 2011 – November 18-19 [back to top]
Do you wonder about how policies in college and university environments might be used to promote mental health and reduce risky substance use? Or have ideas about the connections between advocacy, human rights, mental health and substance use? Join the Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campuses 2011 Summit! This interactive event will allow summit delegates to have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of campus mental health promotion, learn about the role of campus decision-makers in cultivating a mentally health campus, or develop an understanding between advocacy, human rights, mental health and substance use. The registration fee is $35 for students; $50 for PSCA members and $75 for non-PSCA members. Deadline to register is November 11. The summit is from November 18 to 19 and is limited to 80 participants. For more information or to register, please visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca/connect/campus.

Register Now for the 2012 Bottom Line Conference – February 29-March 1 [back to top]
The theme for the 2012 Bottom Line Conference is ‘5 Steps to Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace’. This conference has become the signature event for CMHA, creating awareness of the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces, and finding strategies and solutions that benefit both employers and employees. CMHA’s 9th annual conference will gather 300 executives, managers, union leaders, as well as HR and health professionals from workplaces to learn steps everyone can take towards building a psychologically healthy workplace. The conference takes place from February 29 to March 1, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The super saver deadline ends November 20 and rates ranges from $130 to 495. Register now at www.bottomlineconference.ca.

 

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