Mental Health

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors St. Paul’s Hospital’s Brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health

Brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health, an annual fundraiser benefiting St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, takes place on Saturday, September 27, at the Commodore Ballroom at 7 p.m. 

Vancouver service providers fail to get ahead of a mental health crisis (Dr. Steve Mathias)

When Lee Johnston arrived in Vancouver at the Greyhound bus station off Main Street, the only place she had to sleep that night was Covenant House at Drake and Seymour.

Opinion: A collective approach to mental health (St. Paul’s Hospital)

A couple of months ago I found myself spending a long sleepless night on a gurney in the St. Paul’s Hospital emergency room.

$120k pilot project to tackle Vancouver’s mental health crisis (Providence Health Care)

In Vancouver, there is no lack of help being offered to people who suffer from mental health and addiction problems. Whether it is city-financed housing referral and management programs, health outcome and advocacy initiatives operated by not-for-profits or even moral support from police who are often called to deal with people when they are off their medications, the safety net for the mentally ill and addicted is spread widely, if still thinly, across the city.

Amid a mental health crisis, Vancouver care providers revisit the debate on institutionalization (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Institutionalized care for the mentally ill has been replaced by a combination of effective drug treatments and services provided in communities. Some at-risk individuals are slipping through the cracks, Vancouver care providers warn.

Libby Davies is the health critic for the federal Opposition. She has also represented Vancouver East (which includes the Downtown Eastside) since 1997.

Dealing with mentally ill continues unabated for Vancouver police (St. Paul’s Hospital)

Their message was stark, and their words were strong and carefully chosen.

The situation in Vancouver’s streets was nothing short of “a crisis,” both the mayor and the chief of police declared in a joint press conference last September.

Vancouver mayor’s report maps steps to address mental health and addiction (St. Paul’s Hospital)

A task force assembled last year to address Vancouver’s “major crisis” of severe mental illness and addiction has released its recommendations on how to improve the fate of residents struggling with the health problems.

The report released Wednesday lists 23 recommendations to improve the lives of residents living with mental illness and addiction.

Vancouver mayor's task force offers no silver bullet answer to mental illness crisis (St. Paul’s Hospital)

Nearly a year after Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson created a task force to try to get to the root causes of a growing mental illness crisis in the city, the special group has issued its first report.

But if the expectation was that the 60-member committee—made up of health officials, academics, police, provincial agencies and social service groups—would have a silver bullet answer to how to stop the growth of untreated mental illness, it won't be found in its initial findings.

Vancouver mayor's first report on mental health and addiction identifies priorities for addressing a crisis (St. Paul's Hospital)

The city has published its first report on mental health and addiction nearly one year to the day that Mayor Gregor Robertson stood beside Vancouver police chief Jim Chu to ask higher levels of government for support in addressing those issues.

Robertson used the report’s publication to reiterate calls for assistance.

New website aims to dispel stigmas around mental illness

Jude Swanson tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a SkyTrain at the Stadium station nearly two decades ago.

Emergency responders gingerly rescued him from under the train and he spent several hours undergoing life-saving surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital.

What followed was many months in care, first to address his physical wounds and then to get control of his depression.

With his suffocatingly low self-esteem, Swanson felt so badly about his failed suicide attempt that he thought to himself, “Boy, I can’t even kill myself right. I managed to screw that up.”

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