Mental Health

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.”

St. Paul's Hospital works with patients to develop interactive mental health website

Mental health patients help “Change the Labels” at 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Vancouver, BC, August 6–8, 2014

Working with patients and families, St. Paul's Hospital has created an innovative and interactive online resource about mental health. St. Paul’s Hospital’s “Change the Labels” website seeks to re-write the narrative around mental health, while helping patients and families access the services they need.

BC invests in addiction support

Ministry of Health announces $3 million to help health professionals treat addiction

For those British Columbians and their families who are struggling with addiction, more help is on the way with a $3-million investment to expand and support a provincial addiction medicine education and research training program for clinicians, making it the largest in North America.

BC funds new addictions research and treatment

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government is boosting funding for addictions research and treatment in the province, with money directed at testing of a drug that can block the effects of heroin and alcohol.

Health Minister Terry Lake made the announcement in Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital on Wednesday, saying the additional $3-million investment will allow the province to expand addiction-medicine education for health professionals, making it the largest program of its kind in North America.

Do you look online for depression or anxiety resources?

Do you look online for depression or anxiety resources?

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Providence Inner City Youth Program wins 2014 Top Innovation Award

BC Supreme Court Re-establishes Access to Diacetylmorphine (Heroin) Assisted Treatment

VANCOUVER, May 29, 2014 — The Supreme Court of British Columbia has re-established access to diacetylmorphine (heroin) assisted treatment following an injunction application by Providence Health Care (Providence) and the PIVOT Legal Society on behalf of five patients who had exited the SALOME (Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness) study.

Government expands support for Vancouver's most vulnerable youth

VANCOUVER – It can be hard to find help when you’re on the streets. Youth who are lost, alone and struggling with addictions or mental illness will have more support with the doubling of the Inner City Youth team in Vancouver, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

Youth with mental health problems are more common than you think

Mental illness affects every aspect of an individual’s life including relationships, education, work and community involvement. Untreated or poorly managed issues in adolescence can become life altering and jeopardize positive transition into adulthood.

Providence Health Care's Inner City Youth Mental Health Program provides assertive outreach based treatment targeted at homeless or inadequately housed individuals with mental illness between the ages of 16-24.


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