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March 27th 2018

Children of Parents with Mental Illness When someone in the family has a mental illness, it affects the entire family. When a parent has a mental illness, it often impacts the children’s home life and their relationship with their parents. Children potentially face a number of challenges including unpredictable behaviour from their parent, disruptions in their home life and separation from their parent due to a parent’s hospitalization or inability to provide care. Although the experiences and outcomes for each child d ...Continue Reading

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March 16th 2018

Treating Mental Illness: Medications and More For people with a mental illness such as schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, severe depression and/or anxiety, medication is often a key part of their treatment or management plan. There are a variety of medication options available and it can take time to find the medication that works best for each individual. What may work for one person may not work for another. Therapy is also an important part of managing mental illness, with most treatment plans combining med ...Continue Reading

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February 16th 2018

Caregiver Supports: Taking Care of Your Own Mental Health Caring for a loved one with a mental illness can be emotionally draining and isolating. Caregivers are faced with the challenge of supporting and finding help for their loved one, while managing their own feelings about their loved one’s diagnosis. It is important that caregivers are able to access support and resources to take care of their own mental health so the stress of caregiving does not become unmanageable. A Vancouver mother and B.C. Schizophrenia Soci ...Continue Reading

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January 25th 2018

Healthy Resolutions for Mental Health With the start of a new year, many people across British Columbia will be making resolutions or setting goals to work on improving themselves in some way. Often New Year’s resolutions focus on improving our physical health through goals like dieting or attending a gym. These resolutions may overshadow other important aspects of our health, such as our mental health. Setting Goals for Mental Health Caring for our mental health is important. A healthy mental state helps us enjoy life ...Continue Reading

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December 22nd 2017

Surviving the Holidays Living with an Eating Disorder Katie (not her real name) a 25-year old Vancouver resident shares her experience of living with an eating disorder and how supportive family and friends can help make the food-focused holiday season less of a nightmare: “Having an eating disorder, no matter what time of year, is an overwhelming and exhausting struggle. Most days are consumed battling thoughts of food and weight, with every meal bringing up anxiety and terror over what to eat and how to compensa ...Continue Reading

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December 15th 2017

Avoiding the Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder How does the weather affect our mental health? As the winter months begin, the days become shorter and the weather colder. This means less sunshine and fewer opportunities to spend time outside. Many people find that their mood and energy levels are affected by this change in weather. For some, these seasonal changes have such a dramatic effect on their overall well-being that they may be diagnosed with “seasonal affective disorder,” a type of depression that typica ...Continue Reading

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November 7th 2017

Mental Health in the Face of the Opioid Crisis What are Opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that include pain relievers available by prescription and illegally. Opioids available through prescription include oxycodone (Oxycotin®), morphine, hydrocodone (Vicodin ®), methadone and codeine. The most common illegal opioid used is heroin. Opioids are highly addictive and can be administered by injection, smoked or consumed in pill form. In its legal form, many of these substances are used for pain relief; they alte ...Continue Reading

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September 28th 2017

Cognitive Remediation: Reducing the Cognitive Impacts of Mental Illness For some families, it is not immediately apparent that problems with cognition are a normal symptom of some mental illnesses. In addition to positive and negative symptoms, a person living with schizophrenia or psychosis may experience difficulties with thinking skills used for learning and carrying out daily tasks – cognitive problems that didn’t exist before the onset of the mental illness. Many areas of cognition can be impacted by mental illnes ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information Back to School: Supporting Young People Living with Mental Illness

September 15th 2017

Back to School: Supporting Young People Living with Mental Illness With the start of September, young people across the province are returning to school. For many young people, going back to school is a time of anticipation and excitement, for others, returning to school brings anxiety and stress. Nearly 1 in 4 young people in Canada between the ages of 9-19 live with a mental illness, and for them a new school year can mean difficulties with school work and friendships, making it more difficult to “fit in.” Fortunatel ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information Wildfires and Mental Health: Managing Mental Health in Times of Crisis

August 15th 2017

Wildfires and Mental Health: Managing Mental Health in Times of Crisis Every year, B.C. wildfires leave a wake of physical destruction and emotional stress. Tens of thousands of people are uprooted from their daily routines and thrown into a state of chaos. With wildfires continuing to burn across the province, many people who have been evacuated so far this year are still unable to return their homes, communities and support systems. Residents across the province have generously opened up their homes and towns to help ...Continue Reading


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