mental health

Winter blues are real and understandable

Winter blues are real and understandable

CMHA Kelowna says if symptoms get serious, get professional help

Winter blues are real and understandable
Marketing BC Interior manager Brangwen Mooney, left, Telus Thompson Okanagan Community Board director Josh Dueck, right, present CMHA Vernon and District executive director Julia Payson with a $10,000 grant to fund the Youth Mental Health Connections program. (contributed)

Telus invests in North Okanagan youth’s mental health

$10K grant will go towards in-class education, reducing stigma

Marketing BC Interior manager Brangwen Mooney, left, Telus Thompson Okanagan Community Board director Josh Dueck, right, present CMHA Vernon and District executive director Julia Payson with a $10,000 grant to fund the Youth Mental Health Connections program. (contributed)
Tim Black instructs police, firefighters and first responders in trauma resilience on Monday, December 9, 2019. (Courtesy Saanich Police)                                Tim Black instructs police, firefighters and first responders in trauma resilience on Monday. (Saanich Police)

Vancouver Island police first in B.C. to offer mental health resiliency training

Departments from Oak Bay, Saanich, Central Saanich complete trauma training class

Tim Black instructs police, firefighters and first responders in trauma resilience on Monday, December 9, 2019. (Courtesy Saanich Police)                                Tim Black instructs police, firefighters and first responders in trauma resilience on Monday. (Saanich Police)
B.C. cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast

B.C. cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast

Mathew Fee aims at world record for longest distance on BMX bike while sharing his story of recovery

B.C. cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast
January 30 is Bell Let’s Talk Day (File contributed/Bell Let’s Talk)

Let’s Talk: Nearly 1 billion interactions on mental health since 2011

Jan. 30 is the annual day for people to reach out and share their stories about mental health and combat the stigma

January 30 is Bell Let’s Talk Day (File contributed/Bell Let’s Talk)
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Isolation likely factor in drugs, rule-breaking at Okanagan jail

PART FIVE: OCC has highest rate of infractions in B.C. and the second-highest rate of contraband violations

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Sandy Ranger, a paramedic in Parksville stands with Bruce Honeyman, advanced care paramedic in Victoria, on the steps of the legislature Wednesday, where Minister Harry Bains announced amendments to legislation that would eliminate barriers for first responders to access compensation for mental trauma. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

B.C. first responders to get better mental health support

Labour Minister Harry Bains to introduce legislation adding PTSD as ‘presumptive condition’

Sandy Ranger, a paramedic in Parksville stands with Bruce Honeyman, advanced care paramedic in Victoria, on the steps of the legislature Wednesday, where Minister Harry Bains announced amendments to legislation that would eliminate barriers for first responders to access compensation for mental trauma. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Nurse practitioners in B.C. can now prescribe opioid substitutes

Nurse practitioners in B.C. can now prescribe opioid substitutes

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions announced changes at UVic’s School of Nursing

Nurse practitioners in B.C. can now prescribe opioid substitutes
Riverview Hospital West Lawn building, one of several structures of the former mental hospital that have fallen into decay since they were closed down by the early 1990s. (Jeff Hitchcock/Flickr)

Riverview Hospital mental health centre proceeds

Replacement for Maples Treatment Centre first announced in March

Riverview Hospital West Lawn building, one of several structures of the former mental hospital that have fallen into decay since they were closed down by the early 1990s. (Jeff Hitchcock/Flickr)
From left to right: Richelle Brown (Grade 12 Pen High student), Honor Hollman (First year of Okanagan College), Amberlee Erdmann (YES Project co-ordinator), Victoria Ritchie (Grade 12 Pen High student), Aaron McRann (executive director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen) and Barb Hoolaeff (president of the Rotary Club of Penticton). The Rotary has pledged $150,000 over three years to help build a youth centre, now supplemented by a $100,000 donation in memory of Tony Lloyd.                                Submitted photo

Fundraising campaign for youth resource centre launched

Sheridan Cooper knows what it is like slipping through the cracks of social and health care systems

From left to right: Richelle Brown (Grade 12 Pen High student), Honor Hollman (First year of Okanagan College), Amberlee Erdmann (YES Project co-ordinator), Victoria Ritchie (Grade 12 Pen High student), Aaron McRann (executive director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen) and Barb Hoolaeff (president of the Rotary Club of Penticton). The Rotary has pledged $150,000 over three years to help build a youth centre, now supplemented by a $100,000 donation in memory of Tony Lloyd.                                Submitted photo