Mental Health

Psychedelic drugs might help treat mental health disorders study says (Dr. Evan Wood)

LSD, magic mushrooms and ecstasy are well known street drugs not usually associated with medical treatment.

Could these psychedelic drugs be making the trip to a B.C. doctor's office near you? (Dr. Evan Wood)

A trip to the doctor’s office could someday mean a trip inside the doctor’s office, if researchers calling for further study into the use of psychedelics for treating illness get their way.

Experts call for study of possible therapeutic uses of psychedelic drugs (Dr. Evan Wood)

A group of medical researchers is calling for further study into how those with mental illnesses and addictions could benefit from psychedelic drugs such as acid and MDMA, which they say could one day be combined with psychotherapy and counselling to replace daily doses of widely abused pharmaceuticals.


Psychedelic therapy re-emerging as promising treatment for anxiety, PTSD and addiction (Dr. Evan Wood)

Renewed medical interest in the use of psychedelic drugs for anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction has resulted in small research studies that show some success with the controlled use of these drugs, according to an analysis published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Psychedelic drugs may be helpful in treating addiction, anxiety and PTSD (Dr. Evan Wood)

Psychedelic drugs, including LSD and MDMA, could help some patients struggling with addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, according to a new analysis that urges.

Mental-health advocates say past death reviews like Abbotsford inquest haven't prevented tragedies (Providence Health Care)

The B.C. Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) has said it has low expectations for a coroner’s inquest that will examine three deaths linked to mental-health issues that occurred over a four-month period beginning in December 2014.

Vancouver hospitals predict 2015 will see emergency mental-health visits surpass 10,000 (St. Paul's Hospital)

Vancouver is experiencing a crisis in mental-health care that continues unchecked. That’s the conclusion Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang draws from data covering 2009 to the end of June 2015, which show emergency mental-health and substance-misuse hospital visits have increased every year and are on track to hit a record high come December.

Mental health and the criminal justice system (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

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After five-year climb, Vancouver police see small drop in Mental Health Act detentions (Thomas Kerr, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

During the first half of 2015, the Vancouver Police Department saw a slight decline in the number of apprehensions its officers made under the B.C. Mental Health Act.

Aboriginal people hugely over-represented in Vancouver youth seeking mental-health and addiction services (Inner City Youth Program)

A business plan drafted by Providence Health Care provides a rough snapshot of the mental-health and addiction issues prevalent in downtown Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth.


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