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Programs and events at the Mid Island CMHA branch

April 9th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Gwen Vonarx is the Program and Event Coordinator for the Mid-Island Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.  On Thursday, April 10th, she will join People First Radio live in studio to introduce the Mid-Island Branch: what they are, what programs they offer, and how to connect with them.

In addition to their regular offerings, they are launching a session of LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL and are welcoming Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk. The social event to welcome Clara Hughes is on May 16, 2014 5:30 pm-8:30 pm at Beban Park Social Centre. The evening begins with a Mix & Mingle with cash bar, resource tables and entertainment, followed by a light dinner.

Clara Hughes will deliver the keynote address sharing her story about depression.

Tickets ($10) are available in person at the Phoenix Centre or on-line at the CMHA Mid-Island website (http://www.mid-island.cmha.bc.ca)

Story about mental health and relationships

March 26th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

bookIt was an idyllic marriage.

John and Marion were high school sweethearts who married and began a successful life together. He, an internationally respected scientist in his field and she, a business woman in her family firm. With three children and finally settled in Victoria. BC, Canada after stints in Vienna and Australia, tragedy struck.

Despite the eventual and probable diagnosis of late-onset schizophrenia, John and Marion struggled to hold their family together and to deal with an illness that usually strikes much earlier in life. This is their story of what happens when the mind betrays you.

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“Mental illness”, diagnoses, and associated concepts are all social constructions, but the professions haven’t yet recognized it

Michael Walker is a psychologist working to implement the recovery model within the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. He also teaches postmodern consultation (formerly known as postmodern therapies). Michael says that the mental health profession has largely missed out on the evolution of the postmodern perspective and linguistic paradigm now prevalent in philosophy, history, the social sciences, literature, and art. (more…)

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Juno award-winning master musician and composer Phil Dwyer has battled with addiction and mental illness

Phil Dwyer’s 2012 Juno award for the incredibly ambitious Changing Seasons is the latest in a “resume full of examples of his genuinely adventurous creative spirit,” says the Juno website. Changing Seasons was awarded “Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.”

The Changing Seasons suite marks a new stage in Phil Dwyer‘s development as an artist, writes Nou Dadoun at VancouverJazz.com.  The theme running through the composition is change, described by Phil as:  “Changing weather, changing climatic conditions, the changing economic structure of the world and some big changes in my own life.  It’s a call to acknowledge the fact of all these changes taking place and a query as to what are we going to do about it.” (more…)

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PFR catches up with Bipolar Babe

January 22nd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Returning guest Andrea will update listeners on her efforts to educate others on the effects of Bipolar Disorder

bipolarbabe2014 On January 23rd, Nancy and Ashta will speak with Andrea Paquette, AKA the Bipolar Babe.  Andrea is the executive director of the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC, an educator and Masters student in Political Science.

Andrea draws on her own experiences with Bipolar Disorder to inform her classroom presentations, support groups and outreach work.  She will be telling us about exciting new developments in her work life and special recognitions that she has recently been awarded.  She can be found on-line at Bipolar Babe.com

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Mad Pride marks a milestone 20th year in Toronto

October 8th, 2013 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, and folks the world has labelled “mentally ill”

picture 489bMad Pride Toronto holds “a Celebration of Madness” from July 8th to July 14th,2013

There have been multiple approaches to challenging discrimination against people with disabilities/disabled people including “Pride.” These started gaining ground in North America during the 1970s thanks to groups in the disability rights movement and other social movements. Similar to how LGBTQ communities are reclaiming the word “queer”, Mad Pride activists seek to reclaim language that has been used against us such as “mad”, “nutter”, “crazy”, “lunatic”, “maniac”, and “psycho”. Reclaiming language is political and challenges discrimination. Mad Pride participants use and refuse a variety of labels. Mad Pride participants choose “mad” as an umbrella term. [source: mad pride toronto 2013] (more…)

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