Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

A Must See: CBC’s “8th Fire”

There’s a new series on CBC called 8th Fire. 8TH Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build the ‘8th Fire’ of justice and harmony It is a four-part series that documents and discusses the relationship between Aboriginal people and Canadians. Written,… Read more »

Changing Directions, Changing Lives

This is the title of Canada’s first-ever national strategy on mental health and it brings me lots of hope. Years in the making, it was officially launched on May 8, 2012. The title tells us it is time to move forward. The strategy issues a challenge to build on existing strengths, AND to change the… Read more »

This is a fantastic presentation from the 2012 Ontario Harm Reduction Conference presented by Allison Potts, Concurrent Disorders System Integration Lead at the Mental Health and Pinewood Centre Program of Lakeridge Health.  The presentation focusses on the interation between substance use and mental health and the consequences of service providers working in “silos”. Download presentation… Read more »

While looking for information to share on this blog, I came across an absolutely wonderful resource for service providers who are interested in learning more about integrated care.  To be honest, I am not sure how I could have missed it!   The site is by the American Psychological Association, but this section of website focuses… Read more »

New BC Services Map on PAN’s website!

Please check out the new BC Mental Health, Substance Use, HIV & HCV Services map on our website.  Using this map you can search for services in your area, or in other areas.  Find the map by clicking the link above or by following the menus: Provincial Working Groups – Mental Health – Resources –… Read more »

10 Tips for Mental Health*

Here are some tips we can all use! 1. Build Confidence Identify your abilities and weaknesses together, accept them build on them and do the best with what you have. 2. Eat right, Keep fit A balanced diet, exercise and rest can help you to reduce stress and enjoy life. 3. Make Time for Family… Read more »

Summary of the Health Harms of Drugs

A great document out of the UK, and brought to us by the Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program this report provides a general description of the harmful effects of various drugs, including alcohol, methamphetamines, opioids, and over-the-counter drugs, just to name a few.  The report was completed by The Centre for Public Health,… Read more »

Take a Mental Health Break!

  Take a few minutes for yourself and play some mental health games, brought to us by the National Insitute of Environmental Health Sciences out of the US.  They are not as easy as you think!

Updated Mental Health Resource Page!

Our Mental Health Resource page has been updated!  Find exciting reading material on mental health, substance use, HIV & HCV!  All of the materials that you were thrilled to find come through your inbox can now be found in one place.  Check it out!  

Mental Health & HIV/AIDS: Women

While this article is out of the US, it is a great article that talks about the experiences of women living with HIV and mental health issues.  It discusses the complexities of mental health in people living with HIV, and the sometimes difficult task of diagnosing, while emphasizing the importance of taking care of your… Read more »

A Neglected Mental Health Care System…

Mental Health workers recently met in Winnipeg to discuss mental health care in Canada.  Discussion will centre around children, but the lack of funding to mental health care services would likely have been a hot topic, as well as the “invisibility” of most mental illness.  William Ashdown, in writing for the Winnipeg Free Press, weighs… Read more »