Vancouver non-profit is in the mood for success (Jennifer Duff, St. Paul's Hospital)

When Martin Addison’s budget was slashed by 18 per cent last year, the non-profit executive director knew it was time to turn entrepreneurial.

The five-employee Mood Disorders Association of B.C. (MDABC) had “always struggled for money,” Addison said, but things were turning dire. The $87,000 he was expecting from Vancouver Coastal Health had disappeared.

“It works because patients don’t have to come to the hospital for psychiatric treatment. They can receive this care rapidly in the community in a comfortable office environment,” said St. Paul’s Mental Health Program director Jennifer Duff. Evidence shows group care can be beneficial, she said.

Jenny Lee reports

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