mental health

Mental health-related arrests jump 18%: police


Vancouver arrests related to mental health went up 18% last year, according to a report.

“When you look at the numbers, 3,500 apprehensions-plus, we’re looking at almost 10 every day,” said Const. Brian Montague on Tuesday.

“Which is obviously a lot of calls, a lot of police resources and a lot of time officers spend dealing with the mental health crisis.”

Alberta government spending more on mental health programs for children

The Alberta government is providing more money for mental health programs for kids.

The government says it includes after school supports, wellness education, as well as new residential mental health services for young people in the Calgary and Edmonton regions.

Health Minister Fred Horne made the announcement Friday at a southwest Edmonton high school, saying the move would get access to families more quickly.

Opinion: Talk therapy another option for common mental health problems

Recent stories in The Vancouver Sun have highlighted escalating rates of antidepressant medication consumption in B.C. Why are we delivering more antidepressants to Canadians while overlooking tried-and-true talk therapy used in many other Western countries?

Story by Ingrid Sochting, Dan Bilsker and Susan Mackey-Jamieson

Click here to read the full story


St. Paul's doctors work on mental health study

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

For every $1 spent providing housing and support for a homeless person with severe mental illness, $2.17 in savings are reaped because they spend less time in hospital, in prison and in shelters.

That is the most striking conclusion of a study, obtained by The Globe and Mail, that tested the so-called Housing First approach to providing social services.

Beyond the cost savings, the new research shows that placing an emphasis on housing gets people off the streets and improves their physical and mental health.

Providence Health Care's ABSU Announcement Social Media Recap

During the ABSU announcement on March 19, Providence Health Care live tweeted the event and provided up to date information to not only Twitter followers but also Facebook Fans. Providence tweeted 23 tweets during the event (including RTs and responses to questions). Providence was also retweeted by Providence staff, the health community and the minister himself. 

Click here to see all the social media interaction

B.C. hopes to ease jail crowding by hiking salaries of forensic psychiatrists to attract more doctors

Photograph by: Adrian Lam , Times Colonist

The B.C. government is trying to ease a psychiatric care crisis in correctional facilities by offering to increase the salaries of forensic psychiatrists, Health Minister Terry Lake said Monday.

A severe shortage of forensic psychiatrists and beds at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam has resulted in mentally ill people languishing in jail instead of being treated at the hospital.

Dr Michael Krausz applauds the provincial government's establishment of a new acute behavioral stabilization unit at St Paul's Hospital

Dr Michael Krausz joins BC Almanac on Thursday March 21st.

Click here to listen to the interview

Dr. Anna Nazif interview on CBC On the Coast

Dr. Anna Nazif was a guest of On the Coast on CBC with host Matthew Lazin-Ryder.

Click here to listen to the interview and scroll the video to 1:40:15. 

Doors open at St. Paul's Hospital mental health emergency unit

Photograph by: Jason Payne , PNG

Nine beds, seclusion rooms, and safety measures such as doors with unbreakable glass and bathrooms free of anything that patients can harm themselves are part of a new unit at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital for people with severe mental illnesses or addictions.

The acute behavioural stabilization unit is part of a government promise to address what Vancouver police have described as a mental health crisis in the city.

Dedicated downtown Vancouver mental health unit opens


A dedicated section has officially opened at St. Paul’s Hospital for cases of mental illness and addictions that previously saw patients treated in a cycle of “revolving doors.”

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake said Wednesday the new $1.85-million acute behavioural stabilization unit would operate with referrals based on individual assessments by police and emergency room officials.


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