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“For people like Jessica, who don’t have employee benefits and don’t have extra money to pay for treatment, there are few options”

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When Amanda’s friend Jessica (not her real name) lost her job and spent a year desperately seeking—but not finding—another, she fell into a deep depression. “I’m in debt. I’m having a hard time paying my bills. I can’t even get a job in fast food because they tell me I’m overqualified. I just feel like I can’t come back from this. That my life is over,” she told Amanda.

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Kelly Hrudy and his daughter Kaitlin share the story of Kaitlin’s struggle with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, focusing on awareness and recovery

picture 581Nearly one in five Canadian children and adolescents will be touched by a mental disorder serious enough to cause social, emotional or academic problems. They will not outgrow what ails them: 70 per cent of adults with a mental illness first experienced symptoms as children or youth. Timely treatment can prevent years of struggle — but only if parents know when and how to take action on one of the most daunting challenges any family can face. [RBC White Paper: Silent Families, Suffering Children and Youth]

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“If I get therapy can I get off these meds?”

July 1st, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Therapist Michael Pond has been captivated by rigorous and extensive research that argues millions of people who are prescribed psychotropic drugs derive no benefit from them and, in fact, may be making their illness worse by taking them

picture 558Vancouver therapist Michael Pond says that at least once a week a client asks him, “If I get therapy can I get off this medication?” Michael’s typical response, he writes in the Vancouver Sun, is: “We’ll need to consult with your physician. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental disorder and you’ve been taking your meds for a significant period of time you need to continue to keep your brain chemistry balanced. Psychotherapy will help for sure, but you will most likely need some type of psychotropic medication for an indefinite time.”

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New research network will develop strategies to ensure that more young people are connected to the mental health services they need

picture 557In Canada, one-in-five people experience a mental illness in their lifetime. However, it is young Canadians that suffer the most, with 75% of mental health problems and illnesses beginning prior to the age of 25, and more than 50% beginning between the ages of 11 and 25.

An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment. With more than two-thirds of adults living with a mental health problem reporting that symptoms first appeared during their youth, establishing the foundation for healthy emotional and social development is vital to ensuring the mental well-being of all Canadians as they progress from childhood to adulthood.  [Mental Health Commission of Canada]

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Nanaimo’s Alzheimer Resouce Centre

May 21st, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

picture 094Alzheimer’s disease is the second most feared disease for Canadians as they age.  With many Nanaimo residents 50 years of age or older, dementia is becoming a pressing health issue locally (Source: Nanaimo Bulletin May 6, 2014).

The Alzheimer Resouce Centre in Nanaimo provides information, workshops and other support for people in the Central and North Vancouver Island.

This Thursday on People First Radio, we will be speaking with Jane Hope, the society’s support and education coordinator.

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Crisis lines help

May 7th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

crisisphoneCrisis Line Awareness Week: March 23-29, 2014

Provincial funding has been assured through March 31, 2015, for the 1800SUICIDE (1.800.748.2433) and 310Mental Health Support (310.6789) phone lines. These are networks that enhance access to 24-hour BC crisis lines through easy to remember, toll-free numbers and routing technology that directs calls to the nearest crisis line network partner. This cost-effective service is not only life-saving, it decreases demand on overburdened police, ambulance and hospital resources.  In fact, efforts to replicate the success of these networks are currently underway at a national level across Canada.

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