Mental Health

Canadian Doctors Can Now Prescribe Heroin (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic)

Canadian doctors can now prescribe heroin to people with serious addictions to the drug.

Canadian Doctors Can Now Prescribe Heroin (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic)

Canadian doctors can now prescribe heroin to people with serious addictions to the drug.

This change is thanks to new regulations approved earlier this month by theCanadian government.

The government says this treatment will be limited to a small number of users “in cases where traditional options have been tried and proven ineffective.”

Shawn Radcliffe reports. View full article here. 

A Night of Fashion, Art and Dance in Support of Mental Health and Addiction!

Mental health and addiction is an important and timely issue in British Columbia —especially as our province faces a full-blown opioid crisis. In the last six years alone, St. Paul’s Hospital has seen a 112% increase in visits related to mental health and addiction. This story is one that approaches a solution.

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.

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