mental health

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
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)
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson announced the implementation of 500 new complex-care housing spaces across the province on Tuesday (March 22). (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

$164 million health-care linked, eviction-free housing project coming to B.C.

100 complex-care spaces to be created in Greater Victoria, among 500 across B.C. by 2023

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson announced the implementation of 500 new complex-care housing spaces across the province on Tuesday (March 22). (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Members of Greater Victoria’s Ukrainian community gathered outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 24 to stand against Russia’s invasion. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

B.C. experts offer tips on talking with kids about Russia’s war on Ukraine

Open conversations, screentime limits, taking action locally among suggestions

Members of Greater Victoria’s Ukrainian community gathered outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 24 to stand against Russia’s invasion. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Carolyn Bennett speaks in Ottawa, Wednesday December 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

National standards would help track young Canadians’ mental health, experts say

Young Canadians reached out to Kids Help Phone about 4.6 million times in 2020, up from 1.9 million in 2019

Carolyn Bennett speaks in Ottawa, Wednesday December 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Long-time B.C. paramedic Jeff Smith stands beside his former colleague Shelley O’Rourke. Smith has partnered up with health care professionals and first responders to launch a non-profit aimed at helping first responders who suffer from PTSD. (Submitted photo)

Paramedic with PTSD launches new mental health tool for first responders

Former B.C. paramedic Jeff Smith says the detachment technique saved his life

Long-time B.C. paramedic Jeff Smith stands beside his former colleague Shelley O’Rourke. Smith has partnered up with health care professionals and first responders to launch a non-profit aimed at helping first responders who suffer from PTSD. (Submitted photo)
Minister Sheila Malcomson speaks at an Oct. 29 announcement of new treatment spaces at Red Fish Healing Centre on Kwikwetlem territory. (Goverment of BC/YouTube)

B.C. announces $4.2M to expand free, low-cost counselling services at 49 organizations

Funding will enable services to continue until March 31, 2023

Minister Sheila Malcomson speaks at an Oct. 29 announcement of new treatment spaces at Red Fish Healing Centre on Kwikwetlem territory. (Goverment of BC/YouTube)
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo, psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Update on psychedelic therapy drugs a positive step in mental-health care: experts

Move will allow physicians to request restricted psychedelic drugs for patients as part of psychotherapy

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo, psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
Dylan Joss, a Victoria man who lives in the Fernwood area, is running to raise money for youth struggling with depression and anxiety. (Dylan Joss/Facebook)

Vancouver Island man to run 800 km to help youth struggling with depression

Dylan Joss hopes to take a group of 15 youth to Tofino for mental health surf trip

Dylan Joss, a Victoria man who lives in the Fernwood area, is running to raise money for youth struggling with depression and anxiety. (Dylan Joss/Facebook)
Romana Didulo, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada,” holds up a search warrant conducted against her on Nov. 27. (Youtube/LadyDragon)

Violent rhetoric by self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Canada’ concerning: extremism experts

B.C. resident Romana Didulo has called for the execution of anyone assisting in vaccinating children

Romana Didulo, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada,” holds up a search warrant conducted against her on Nov. 27. (Youtube/LadyDragon)
Sara Maksymowicz worries about the effect of cuts to non-emergency care on the South Island for adults facing eating disorders. (Courtesy Sara Maksymowicz)

‘A system of failures:’ Adult eating disorder services quietly dropped on south Island

Non-emergency resources have been a lifeline for Greater Victoria residents

Sara Maksymowicz worries about the effect of cuts to non-emergency care on the South Island for adults facing eating disorders. (Courtesy Sara Maksymowicz)
It’s Tough To Talk is a free course developed by men for men (pixabay)

Free B.C. designed app offers mental health course for men

The Canadian Mental Health Association and HeChangedIt developed a course on the app he.

It’s Tough To Talk is a free course developed by men for men (pixabay)
A home has its foundation ripped away by the Coquihalla River near Hope, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Disaster expert urges those affected by B.C. flooding to take care of mental health

Effects could include anxiety, depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder

A home has its foundation ripped away by the Coquihalla River near Hope, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health Carolyn Bennett at a news conference after the federal cabinet was sworn in, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Some provinces are pushing back against an election promise by the Liberals to offer a new mental heath transfer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Provinces take issue with proposed federal mental health transfer

Despite differing approaches to mental health care, neither Alberta, nor B.C. favour the program

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health Carolyn Bennett at a news conference after the federal cabinet was sworn in, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Some provinces are pushing back against an election promise by the Liberals to offer a new mental heath transfer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.
The 2019 attack took place in the area near 3rd Street and Menzies Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Violent random attack on Courtenay senior sparks call for more mental health supports

Accused found not criminially responsible, thought victim was a ‘lizard person’ because of gold purse

The 2019 attack took place in the area near 3rd Street and Menzies Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard