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MDA Education Evening – Jan 21, 2010

   Education Evening

Thursday, January 21 , 7:00 pm
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY*

Treating Self-Harm & Emotional Dysregulation
*a widely researched treatment for problems characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder
 including recurrent suicidal and self-harming behaviours
Speaker: Dr. John Wagner
Psychologist, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver

Sunrise Hall, 1950 Windermere St @ 4th Ave  Map
For more information view the attached poster, or contact:

Mood Disorders Association of BC – MDA
604-873-0103    www.mdabc.net    info@mdabc.net
An MDA Education Evening Event
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Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
202-2250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 5P9  Tel. 604-873-0103  Fax 604-873-3095
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‘Frames of Mind’ January 20 Screening: Boy Interrupted

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

Boy Interrupted

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 7:30pm
USA 2008. Director: Dana Perry
Every parent’s worst nightmare is, unquestionably, the death of their child — the very event experienced by Dana Perry in 2005 with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Evan. A documentary filmmaker by trade, Dana sought solace by creating a film to try to understand the mind of a boy who asked in his suicide note “only to be forgotten.” In this, her “Mother’s Lament,” Dana takes us back through 15 years of home movies and photographs to paint a portrait of a child who was different — and even obsessed with death — from a very early age; the “darkest of souls,” she calls him. Home movies of Evan at seven show him demonstrating how he might hang himself from his bunk bed. His first suicide attempt, at age 11, landed him in a treatment facility, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — an echo of another family tragedy, the suicide of an uncle, years earlier. For Evan, medication and therapy seemed to be helping; as he moved into adolescence, things seem to be going well for the first time in years. The blow, when it comes, is devastating. “Mournful, pained and beautifully put together” (John Anderson, Variety). “Deeply absorbing . . . Boy Interrupted is hard to reckon with, but even harder to shake off” (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly). Colour, 92 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Judy Davies, Jude Paltzer and Dr. Jana Davidson.
Ms. Davies is a Child & Youth Suicide Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health and has been working in the realm of crisis and suicide intervention for more than 15 years. With a passion for suicide intervention and the belief that is possible to help keep people alive, she provides suicide consultation and education to community agencies within Vancouver; and numerous First Nation communities.
Ms. Platzer, a “survivor” of her son’s untimely death, is the executive director and founder of The Josh Platzer Society, a non- profit organization whose mission is to educate British Columbia youth and those around them about prevention and awareness of suicide.
Jana Davidson, MD, FRCP(C) is a child psychiatrist actively involved in clinical care, education and research. Dr Davidson is a Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UBC; Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Programs at BC Children’s Hospital and Program Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry, UBC.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA), The Josh Platzer Society, the Crisis Centre and the Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), 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

WithinSight eNews – issue 1

Subject: WithinSight eNews – issue 1

Issue 1 | Winter 2009
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Welcome to the first issue of WithinSight: mental health + substance use resources for multicultural communities!

WithinSight features BC resources about mental health, well-being, alcohol use and other drug use that are designed for multicultural and multilingual communities. In addition to keeping you up to date on new resources through our popular BC website HeretoHelp, we will feature other resources we like that can help you access resources in many languages. We will also profile resources we like that promote mental health and substance use dialogue among all British Columbians. Our goal is to bring these useful resources “within sight” of the service providers and communities that could be helped by them.

WithinSight is published by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information and is delivered to your inbox every two months. It’s funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

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New Multilingual Webpages on HeretoHelp
The BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information is launching a new section of the HeretoHelp website. This new section will provide webpages in many different languages, including Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi (Persian)/Dari, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese. Mental health and substance use information in many languages will be easily accessible from the Here to Help homepage. Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/r> to check it out!

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Cultures West: Promoting Mental Health for Immigrants and Refugees
The Spring 2009 issue of Cultures West, the magazine of AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC), focuses on immigrant and refugee mental health. This issue covers a broad range of issues, including multicultural services for children and youth, interpreting in mental health, postpartum depression in immigrant women and first-person perspectives. Be sure to check out the comprehensive list of multicultural mental health and substance use resources at the back of the magazine.

To access a PDF of the issue directly, visit www.amssa.org<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/y>.To order a print version of Cultures West, contact AMSSA at 604-718-2780 in Greater Vancouver or toll-free at 1-888-355-5560 outside of the Lower Mainland.

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SUCCESS Counselling Services
SUCCESS is a multi-service agency that promotes the well-being of all Canadians and Chinese immigrants. They offer many counselling services in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Their programs include:

 *   Individual, couples and family counselling
 *   Respectful Relationships and Relationship Violence
 *   Problem gambling counselling and a problem gambling hot line
 *   Chinese help lines staffed by trained volunteers, available every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Depending on the program, they accept self-referrals and referrals from other agencies or ministries. For more information on SUCCESS Counselling Services, including contact information for individual programs and referral processes, visit www.successbc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/j>.

While many SUCCESS services are based in the Lower Mainland, they have a service centre in Ft. St. John that can help answer individual enquires, connect people with community resource and orientate new immigrants. To contact the Ft. St. John office, call 250-785-5323.

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Diversity Health Fair 2010
AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Service Societies and Service Agencies of BC) will host Diversity Health Fair 2010 on May 29, 2010. This year’s theme is “Promoting Healthy Living.” The fair will feature health and dental screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, and other demonstrations and information in many languages. Admission is free! Diversity Health Fair will be held in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit the website at www.amssa.org/healthfair2010<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/t> or call 604-718-2780.

Let us know about your multilingual mental health or substance use programs, services, agencies, publications or events! If you have any ideas or suggestions for WithinSight, please send them to withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca<mailto:withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca>.

About Us | WithinSight is produced by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, a group of provincial mental health and addictions agencies – AnxietyBC, BC Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division, Centre for Addiction Research of BC at UVic, FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health, Jessie’s Hope Society, and Mood Disorders Association of BC. Since 2003, we’ve been combining our efforts to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems. BC Partners work is funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services. For more information, please visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/i>.

Disclaimer | This newsletter contains information collected from a variety of sources, individuals and organizations that we consider reliable. However, the information and links provided do not necessarily represent the views of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Under no circumstances shall BC Partners members be held liable for any damages, losses, demands or claims. WithinSight does not share your email address or use it for purposes other than delivering the e-newsletter. If you would like to know more about our efforts to protect your privacy, please contact withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca<mailto:withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca>.

PossABILITIES

New Quarterly Newspaper for People with Disabilities Launched in Surrey  [back to top]
The Surrey Now newspaper, a Canwest publication, has recently announced the launch of PossABILITIES Now, a quarterly publication designed for people with a variety of disabilities. PossABILITIES Now will explore areas such as education work, community, relationships, lifestyle and many other aspects of life for people with disabilities. This newspaper-style publication aims to provide multiple perspectives, and will include a special paralympics edition. To get involved with PossABILITIES Now, either through booking adspace or editorial/distribution opportunities, contact Kim Rose at krose@thenownewspaper.com or 604-572-0064.

Insights and Comments Needed!

Hi all,
We are looking for short, 1-4 sentence insights and comments related to people’s experience with mental illness and/or their recovery process. These will be used in a resource toolkit titled: Making Sense of the Mental Health System: A Resource Guide for People with Mental Illnesses and Family Members. We may also use the comments in On Our Way: Recovery News, a newsletter of Vancouver Acute and Community Mental Health Services.
We need the comments by Friday, Dec. 11.
Please e-mail us back with them.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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

SOME CHANGES COMING UP:
LATERN MAKING WORKSHOP:
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.

WRAP at South Team (Open to all)

WRAP at South Team
COME NAVIGATE A ROAD TO RECOVERY
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
                    Vancouver
WHEN:    Mondays from Jan. 25 – March 1
                  1 pm – 4 pm
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Space is limited so register early by calling
604-708-5274 leaving your name and phone number.

WRAP course

COME NAVIGATE A ROAD TO RECOVERY
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A.
Open to anyone who has experience living with mental illness
WRAP is a program to help people 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:   Kitsilano Team, 400-1212 Broadway
WHEN:    Fridays from 1:30-4:30 pm
starting January 22, 2010   
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Space is limited so register early by calling
604-708-5274 leaving your name and phone number.