Mental Health

Brilliant Beckons All ‘Into the Gallery’ (St. Paul's Foundation)

Whether you fancy the reflective work of Frida Kahlo, wish you were Andy Warhol, or get moony over a breathtaking Matisse,St. Paul’s Foundation’s upcoming Brill!ant 2016 will paint a spectacular picture for attendees and raise vital funds for St. Paul’s mental health and addiction programs.

Parents plan Burnaby vigil to coincide with inquest into deaths involving mental health

A group of parents has planned a vigil that aims to draw awareness to mental health.

Minding the gap in B.C.’s mental health system

Cameron Russell’s descent into depression began when he was eight. His parents would often find him sobbing hysterically, unwilling to leave his room.

Jim’s Story: What Can Be Done to House Our Most Vulnerable Residents? (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

Union Gospel Mission is one of the biggest service providers for low-income and homeless people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. The Christian charity provides 1,000 meals a day across Metro Vancouver. It found housing for 200 people last year, runs shelters and drug and alcohol programs, and has strong street outreach teams.

VPD apprehensions under the Mental Health Act level off but remain high (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

In 2013, former Vancouver police chief Jim Chu described the city’s struggle to care for people with severe and untreated mental illness as a “growing crisis”. Now, seven years of data obtained by the Straight shows that the problem has essentially plateaued, no longer getting worse but also not improving.

VPD releases comprehensive strategy for police involvement in mental-health care

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has issued a new policy document that outlines how it responds to people who experience a crisis related to a mental illness.

Canada should expand depression treatments under Medicare: study (Joseph Puyat, CHEOS)

Here’s a depressing statistic: one in every 20 Canadians have the symptoms of major depression.

Podcast: St. Pauls Hospital Has Seen a 90% Increase in Mental Illness Visits... Why? (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

Mental healthcare advocates in this city are crossing their fingers that the City of Vancouver will help fund a new mental health hub at St. Paul’s hospital….which would help relieve an overloaded emergency room that has seen a 90% increase in mental illness visits.

Dr. Patricia Daly calls for new mental health hub to fight Vancouver's fentanyl crisis (St. Paul's Hospital)

Vancouver Coastal Health's chief medical health officer will ask city council for a new mental health and addictions hub at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver asked to pitch in $1 million for new mental health hub

Vancouver city staff want councillors to OK a $1-million grant for a mental health hub at St. Paul’s Hospital that could relieve the strain on police officers and emergency room resources.

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