Supportive homes and communities

picture 613Hoarding is increasingly recognized as a significant problem within the Island Health region. An estimated 1 in 25 people have some level of hoarding behaviour, and about 11,000 homes may have a hoarding problem in the Greater Victoria area.


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]


The procrastination doom loop—and how to break it

August 27th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off)

Can you imagine experiencing a long-duration mission on Mars—while here on Earth?

picture 569Ross Lockwood grew up in the small Canadian town of Winfield, British Columbia, where he developed a passion for science, engineering, and space exploration. Last week, he arrived “back on Earth” after completing a 120-day-long NASA Mars simulation mission called HI-SEAS. The HI-SEAS project  is funded by the NASA Human Research Program for four research missions of extended duration of four months to a year, in an analog of Mars missions.


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]