Tag Archive | disability and the arts

Wanted: Articles on Extended Leave

Hi all,
The next issue of On Our Way: Recovery News, a newsletter of Vancouver Acute and Community Mental Health Services, will be looking at extended leave from hospital, what it’s like to be on it and how it does or does not relate to recovery.
We are currently looking for articles from people who have been on extended leave. It’s very important that this perspective be included.
If you have this experience and would like to write something or would like to be interviewed for an article, please contact Renea Mohammed at renea.mohammed@vch.ca
Due to the difficult nature of this topic, we are able to provide a $20 honorarium to a limited number of people.

West Coast Mental Health Network–Arts, Crafts and Cultural Group

West End Community Centre will not have a latern-making workshop, so instead we will be going to the Gathering Place, 609 Helmcken Street, Wednesday, Dec. 16th.
We will meet just inside the doors at 1:45pm, workshop starts 2pm sharp!  If you come to this workshop you will recieve a “free” membership for the coming year.
We’ll go for coffee afterwards, if you wish.
Trout Lake doesn’t seem to know what they’re doing….so…We will be going to Dr Sun Yen Gardens and march around with others with our laterns(you don’t need a latern, but it’s more fun).  Sun Yet Sen Gardens are at 578 Carroll St. on Dec. 21st (Winter Solstice) at 6pm.  There will be Chinese artifacts, Entertainment and free hot tea!
Hope to see you at both events…

‘Frames of Mind’ December 16 Screening: When Medicine Got it Wrong

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:

When Medicine Got it Wrong

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 – 7:30pm
USA 2009. Directors: Katie Cadigan, Laura Murray

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Director Katie Cadigan’s name will be familiar to long-time “Frames of Mind” patrons from People Say I’m Crazy, a film about her brother’s struggle with schizophrenia, which we presented in 2004. Her heartbreaking encounters with elderly parents after screenings of that earlier film prompted Katie to make When Medicine Got It Wrong, a hard-hitting documentary providing historical context for our contemporary mental health care crisis. In 1974, when it was still accepted medical practice to blame parents for their children’s schizophrenia, a small group of parents in California were the first to publicly challenge this belief. They formed Parents of Adult Schizophrenics (a forerunner to the National Alliance on Mental Illness), and openly challenged the medical establishment to recognize the medical nature of the ailment. Their committed activism led to increased research into the physiological origins of mental illness and significant changes in how schizophrenia is understood and treated. These battles were waged during a time of deinstitutionalization; mental hospitals all over North America were being closed, but the community care meant to replace them never materialized. Many of the severely ill ended up on the streets or in jails. Although these activist parents helped build an important new awareness of mental illness, a visit to Vancouver’s own Downtown Eastside serves as a strong reminder that government and society have yet to fully catch up. Colour, Digibeta video. 53 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Joan Nazif and Susan Inman, members of the Family Advisory Committee of Vancouver Community Mental Health Services, and Dr. William MacEwan, Clinical Professor and Director, Schizophrenia Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by the Family Advisory Committee, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

For more information, full reviews, trailers and ticketing information, visit our website or Facebook page
www.framesofmind.ca | Facebook | Twitter

Men-tal’-i-ty call for submissions

Magazine Showcases Creative Works of People with Mental Illness [back to top]
men-tal’-i-ty, a full-colour quarterly publication showcasing the artistic works of individuals withy mental illness, is going national. Over the past year, men-tal’-i-ty, produced by the Missing Lint co-op, published its first five issues. As part of their efforts to go national, the Missing Lint co-op is selling subscriptions and advertisements for men-tal’-i-ty, and putting out a call for submissions. Subscriptions are $20 + gst for individuals. For more information, or to subscribe, visit www.mentalitymagazine.ca.

NISA announces eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest

Enter the storm and speak your mind
NISA’s eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest opens Jan. 4, 2010
SUDBURY, ONTARIO (Nov. 23, 2009) — The Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA), a Sudbury-based, non-profit agency that works with consumers and survivors of mental health services, is pleased to announce its eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest. This contest runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010 and is open to poets worldwide.
“The annual BrainStorm contest is an effective way for NISA to showcase the work of its readers and other mental health consumers,” says Mary Katherine Keown, the interim editor and publisher of Open Minds Quarterly, NISA’s literary magazine. “This year, we’re hoping to receive more submissions from poets outside North America, in order to raise awareness and to educate the public on the realities of mental health in different geographic regions.”       
Subject matter is entirely open and needn’t focus on one’s struggle with mental health; however, the BrainStorm poetry contest is open exclusively to consumers and survivors of mental health services.
About NISA:
Northern Initiative for Social Action is a member-driven occupational initiative that provides a variety of opportunities for participation. Programs include the Artists’ Loft; the Northern Computer Recycling Depot (NCRD), which refurbishes gently used computers for resale; the Dandelion Café, which provides on-the-job customer service training; the Warm Hearts/Warm Bodies quilting program, which donates quilts annually to a Sudbury-based shelter for at-risk and homeless youth; and the Writers’ Circle, which publishes Open Minds Quarterly and conducts creative and professional workshops with aspiring writers interested in polishing their work.
The BrainStorm poetry contest runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010. It is intended as a fundraiser for NISA’s literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way of supporting consumers and survivors of mental health services by awarding prizes to the top three winners. Full details and entry forms are available from NISA’s website. For more information, please go to www.nisa.on.ca. Inquiries may be directed to Mary Katherine Keown or Dinah Laprairie at openminds@nisa.on.ca or +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286.
Mary Katherine Keown (interim editor and publisher, Open Minds Quarterly)
Dinah Laprairie (editor and publisher, Open Minds Quarterly)
Phone: +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286

WRAP at South Team (Open to all)

WRAP at South Team
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A.
Open to all those who have experience living with mental illness
WRAP is a program aimed at helping people to take charge of their own recovery journey by developing an action plan for wellness and recovery. It’s not about illness. It’s about creating the life one wants to live. You will create your own recovery and crisis plan designed for you, by you. 
WHERE: South Mental Health Team
                    220 – 1200 W 73rd
WHEN:    Mondays from Jan. 25 – March 1
                  1 pm – 4 pm
Space is limited so register early by calling
604-708-5274 leaving your name and phone number.

‘Frames of Mind’ November 18 Screening

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:

It’s Not Me, I Swear! (C’est pas moi, je le jure!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – 7:30pm
Canada 2008. Director: Philippe Falardeau Cast: Antoine L’Écuyer, Suzanne Clément, Daniel Brière, Catherine Faucher, Gabriel Maillé

Directed by Philippe Falardeau, one of Canada’s funniest and most astute young filmmakers, this fresh, fast-paced seriocomic gem is set in the summer of 1968 in suburban Montreal, where 10-year-old hellion Léon (newcomer Antoine L’Écuyer) embarks on a spree of destructive and self-destructive behaviour as his parents’ marriage crumbles. “Léon’s favourite hobbies include failed suicide attempts, vandalism, theft, running away and breaking and entering. The cause of Léon’s behaviour is fairly obvious. His parents are a truly horrific match, prone to ear-splitting domestic squabbles that begin with smashed plates and conclude with paintings being ripped apart. As their relationship deteriorates, Léon’s actions grow increasingly outrageous and self-destructive (a ‘visit’ to a vacationing neighbour’s house is particularly memorable), and the situation is only exacerbated by his father’s remoteness and his mother’s liberal, conspiratorial approach to child-rearing . . . A touching and amusing meditation on changing mores and family structures” (Toronto I.F.F.) Falardeau’s film offers a highly pleasing mix of humour and pathos, and impresses with its stylish period re-creation, fine performances, and assured, energetic direction. Colour, 35mm, in French with English subtitles. 105 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Myles Blank, an infant psychiatrist who works at BC Children’s Hospital and with a community mental-health team. He also has a private psychotherapy practice in Vancouver, seeing both children and adult patients. Dr. Blank utilizes poetry, music and film in his teaching, especially with regard to post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment issues.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

“Director Philippe Falardeau explores detention-worthy existentialism.”
Eye Weekly
| full review
“The film elicits a wonderful mix of emotions …. a poetic tale of an outrageous artist-as-a-young-boy.”
Macleans | full review
View trailer

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

For more information, full reviews, trailers and ticketing information, visit our website or facebook page
www.framesofmind.ca | Facebook | Twitter

Mary Ellen Copeland and Susan J. Katz at the Voice Awards!

Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from SAMHSA

2009 Voice Awards Logo
Press Release from SAMHSA:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will present Mary Ellen Copeland the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Voice Awards for her work and leadership in the mental health recovery movement. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA, and will bring together representatives from the entertainment industry and the mental health community.
The Voice Awards celebrates the achievements of mental health leaders who are working to promote the social inclusion of people with mental health problems and the real possibility of recovery. Also, the event honors writers and producers who have given a voice to people with mental health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into film and television productions. This year, the event will celebrate nominees that include The Soloist, Michael Clayton, Lars and the Real Girl, “90210,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Copeland is one of seven mental health leaders and advocates to be honored at the 2009 Voice Awards who have been instrumental in both raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Through their leadership and advocacy, they demonstrate that recovery is real and that people with mental health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity, and effectiveness of the Nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health service delivery systems. The Voice Awards are part of the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, a multi-year public service advertising program of SAMHSA and the Ad Council to promote understanding and support for young adults and others with mental illnesses.

Susan J. Katz, Vancouver free-lance writer and CIF Project Manager for the ‘Write From The Heart’ Program, was also nominated for the Voice Awards, and will be attending the ceremony.

The Art Studios Annual Winter Sale Thursday November 26th 12-8 pm

The members and staff of The Art Studios invite you to our next
Annual Winter sale on Thursday November 26th from 12-8pm.
We have a great Silent Auction and wonderful original artworks
in various media that can fit every budget.
We look forward to seeing you.
Cate Curtis
Rehabilitation Assistant
The Art Studios
2005 East 44th Ave
Van BC V5P 1N1
(604 871 9788 ext 227