mental health

Samwel Uko is shown in a family handout photo. An inquest into his death just over two years ago has begun in Regina. Uko killed himself after failing to get mental health care from a hospital he visited twice earlier on the day he died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook MANDATORY CREDIT

Race affected care for B.C. man who killed himself after visiting Regina hospital: family

Abbotsford’s Samwel Uko had sought mental help at Regina General Hospital the morning before drowning

Samwel Uko is shown in a family handout photo. An inquest into his death just over two years ago has begun in Regina. Uko killed himself after failing to get mental health care from a hospital he visited twice earlier on the day he died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook MANDATORY CREDIT
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Journalists work in Toronto on Monday, July 18, 2016. A new report finds that members of Canada’s news industry are suffering “alarming” levels of work-related stress and trauma. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Journalists face ‘alarming’ levels of stress, trauma and harassment, report suggests

More than half of participants surveyed said they had experienced online harassment and threats

Journalists work in Toronto on Monday, July 18, 2016. A new report finds that members of Canada’s news industry are suffering “alarming” levels of work-related stress and trauma. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health

Renowned B.C. First Nations therapist recognized for resilience

Dr. Barney Williams receives 2022 Courage To Come Back Award in the Addictions category

Dr. Barney Williams. Submitted photo/ Coast Mental Health
In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo, magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. The Supreme Court of Canada has restored the acquittal of a Calgary man who attacked a woman while he was high on magic mushrooms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Peter Dejong

UPDATED: Law barring use of extreme intoxication as criminal defence ruled unconstitutional

Supreme Court restores man’s acquittal for magic mushroom-fuelled attack

In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo, magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. The Supreme Court of Canada has restored the acquittal of a Calgary man who attacked a woman while he was high on magic mushrooms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Peter Dejong
Climate scientists Kim Cobb, poses for a portrait at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Atlanta. She tells people when they are anxious about climate change, “there’s not going to be a win, a shining moment where we can declare success,” but “it’s never going to be too late to act. It’s never going to be too late to fix this.” (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

How climate scientists keep hope alive as damage worsens

‘Everybody’s climate midwife’ and others on the front line find and share hope through action

Climate scientists Kim Cobb, poses for a portrait at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Atlanta. She tells people when they are anxious about climate change, “there’s not going to be a win, a shining moment where we can declare success,” but “it’s never going to be too late to act. It’s never going to be too late to fix this.” (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Anthony Heffernan, who was recovering from a drug addiction, was shot by police in a Calgary hotel room in 2015, is seen in this handout photo received May 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heffernan Family **MANDATORY CREDIT**

‘Last resort’: Police forces struggling to provide support for people in crisis

Majority of police-involved civilian fatalities involve mental health or substances, says study

Anthony Heffernan, who was recovering from a drug addiction, was shot by police in a Calgary hotel room in 2015, is seen in this handout photo received May 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heffernan Family **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Health-care workers have been facing high levels of stress and burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media files)

B.C. expands mental health support for health-care, social service workers

The province invested $735,000 to expand mental health support programs

Health-care workers have been facing high levels of stress and burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media files)
Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Buxton. (Duck Paterson photo)

Vancouver Islander biking ‘Mindful Miles’ to Toronto for mental health awareness

Ladysmith’s Mitch Buxton planning 30-day cycling trip from Vancouver to southern Ontario

Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Buxton. (Duck Paterson photo)
Jane Taylor Lee, Family Services of Greater Victoria executive director, speaks at the official opening of Little Phoenix Daycare in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C.’s first trauma-informed daycare opens in Victoria

Little Phoenix aims to inform policy and inspire similar approaches to childcare

Jane Taylor Lee, Family Services of Greater Victoria executive director, speaks at the official opening of Little Phoenix Daycare in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Marjike McDonald, the 16-year-old founder of Home is Where the Heart Is, receives her Island Health Community Service Award on May 3. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Man in mental illness recovery, teenage foundation founder earn Island Health awards

Recipients’ work helps articulate stigma in community, says Island Health director

Marjike McDonald, the 16-year-old founder of Home is Where the Heart Is, receives her Island Health Community Service Award on May 3. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.
Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. minister of mental health and addictions, said a new team of rights advisors for people involuntarily admitted under the Mental Health Act will increase dignity and respect. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. introducing rights advisors for people involuntarily admitted under Mental Health Act

New service expected to be ready in 2023, offer primarily virtual assistance

Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. minister of mental health and addictions, said a new team of rights advisors for people involuntarily admitted under the Mental Health Act will increase dignity and respect. (Black Press Media file photo)
People take part in a climate change protest in Montreal, Nov. 21, 2020. A new project by a team of Simon Fraser University researchers aims to build a tool by monitoring social media that can determine Canadians’ climate distress in real time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. researchers developing tool to measure climate distress in real time

Social media data will be key to Simon Fraser University team’s multi-year work

People take part in a climate change protest in Montreal, Nov. 21, 2020. A new project by a team of Simon Fraser University researchers aims to build a tool by monitoring social media that can determine Canadians’ climate distress in real time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
High school students participating in a Take A Hike event make their way along the beach during a multi-day camping trip. (Photo courtesy of Take A Hike)

Take A Hike program focuses on vulnerable teens within Sooke School District

Alternative education initiative to run on West Shore and Sooke

High school students participating in a Take A Hike event make their way along the beach during a multi-day camping trip. (Photo courtesy of Take A Hike)
Kix Citton, Nanaimo Brain Injury Society executive director, and Shaun Porter, ABI Wellness chief operating officer, test the Axis Cognitive Rehab program on a computer at the society’s office on March 31. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island society bringing in new ‘holistic’ brain rehabilitation program

Non-profit partners with B.C. business to treat range of cognitive challenges

Kix Citton, Nanaimo Brain Injury Society executive director, and Shaun Porter, ABI Wellness chief operating officer, test the Axis Cognitive Rehab program on a computer at the society’s office on March 31. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Canadians aged 65+ are experiencing higher levels of depression and loneliness since the pandemic began, according to a Simon Fraser University study. (Credit: Pixabay)

Loneliness, depression on the rise among older adults amid pandemic: B.C. study

Women aged 65 to 74 reported 67 per cent increase in loneliness, according to study

Canadians aged 65+ are experiencing higher levels of depression and loneliness since the pandemic began, according to a Simon Fraser University study. (Credit: Pixabay)
James Wood at about 16 years old, not long before he began to drift from his friends. His sister said James was inspired by their cousin Dody Wood, who played for the San Jose Sharks and gave James his stick. (Photo submitted)
James Wood at about 16 years old, not long before he began to drift from his friends. His sister said James was inspired by their cousin Dody Wood, who played for the San Jose Sharks and gave James his stick. (Photo submitted)

Williams Lake woman calls for alert system after vulnerable brother dies at 27

James Wood fled family home in West Kelowna as family sought mental health treatment

James Wood at about 16 years old, not long before he began to drift from his friends. His sister said James was inspired by their cousin Dody Wood, who played for the San Jose Sharks and gave James his stick. (Photo submitted)
James Wood at about 16 years old, not long before he began to drift from his friends. His sister said James was inspired by their cousin Dody Wood, who played for the San Jose Sharks and gave James his stick. (Photo submitted)
The Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team responds to 5,000 to 6,000 calls a year, many from police agencies seeking guidance in mental health and substance use calls. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay police rely on regional health team for mental health response

Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team aids Greater Victoria officers 11 hours a day

The Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team responds to 5,000 to 6,000 calls a year, many from police agencies seeking guidance in mental health and substance use calls. (Black Press Media file photo)
Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson has announced the creation of a ‘situation table’ for Victoria, designed to bring local agencies together to help connect vulnerable people to services before traumatic or criminal experiences. (Black Press Media file photo)

Identifying people at risk of trauma, criminal activity in Victoria goal of program

‘Situation table’ will seek to proactively link people to services beforehand

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson has announced the creation of a ‘situation table’ for Victoria, designed to bring local agencies together to help connect vulnerable people to services before traumatic or criminal experiences. (Black Press Media file photo)