Doors Open at Royal Columbian’s Mental Health, Substance-Use Centre

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The Royal Columbian Hospital has opened the doors to its mental health, substance-use centre. “The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre is a wonderful healing space with 75 beds and several new and expanded outpatient clinics to support people on their healing journey” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

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Doors open at Royal Columbians mental health substance-use centre

“For too long, children, youth and adults living with mental health and substance use challenges have struggled to get quick access to the supports they need and deserve,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

Schizophrenia Symptoms and Coping Tips

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The HelpGuide discusses common misconceptions about schizophrenia as well as tips for coping. “While schizophrenia is a chronic disorder, many fears about the disorder are not based in reality. Most people with schizophrenia get better over time, not worse. Treatment options are improving all the time and there are plenty of things you can do to manage the disorder.”

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Schizophrenia Symptoms and Coping Tips

Schizophrenia is a challenging brain disorder that often makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and unreal, to think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and function normally. It affects the way a person behaves, thinks, and sees the world. The most common form is paranoid schizophrenia, or schizophrenia with paranoia, as it’s often called.

TEDEd What is Depression?

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“Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.”

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Bell Let’s Talk, Ways You Can Help

When it comes to mental health, every action counts. Helping to end the stigma around mental illness can help create positive change.

It’s a fact: one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

Developed in partnership with Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University, here are 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need.

End the stigma | Bell Let’s Talk

It’s a fact: one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

HelpGuide, Depression Symptoms and Warnings

“Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, you may have depression. More than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. It can interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. Just trying to get through the day can be overwhelming.”

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Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs

Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, you may have depression. More than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily activities.

Easing Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

“You’ve had headaches on and off, or possibly nausea, or muscle pain. It could be emotions, rather than a physical illness, driving your symptoms.

Blame your autonomic nervous system. When you are under stress or anxious, this system kicks into action, and physical symptoms can appear — headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, shakiness, or stomach pain. “Doctors see it all the time — patients with real pain or other symptoms, but nothing is physically wrong with them,” says Dr. Arthur Barsky, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.”

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Recognizing and easing the physical symptoms of anxiety – Harvard Health

You’ve had headaches on and off, or possibly nausea, or muscle pain. It could be emotions, rather than a physical illness, driving your symptoms. Blame your autonomic nervous system. This is a system in your body that you don’t consciously control, but that regulates things like your heart rate, breathing, urination, and sexual function.

Wellness Champion Breanna Miller Helps Stó:Lō Youth Connect with their Strengths

“Breanna Miller is a mom, an auntie, and a Wellness Champion from Chi:yom First Nation. She’s giving back to her community through her work with youth across Stó:lō territory.”

Read more about Breanna Miller in this First Nations Health Authority article, link below.

Good Medicine: Wellness Champion Breanna Miller Helps Stó:Lō Youth Connect with their Strengths

​Breanna Miller is a mom, an auntie, and a Wellness Champion from Chi:yom First Nation. She’s giving back to her community through her work with youth across Stó:lō territory. Brean na has worked with youth from “day one” of her career, over 15 years ago, starting when she was in her second year of undergraduate studies.

How to Help Someone with Anxiety

“It’s distressing to watch a loved one experience panic attacks and face anxiety every day, but there are things you can do to help.” Joseph McGuire, Ph.D. covers ways to help the people we know who struggle with anxiety. Sometimes all that is needed is to provide validation and express concern for someone struggling. Anxiety can creep up on each of us and, especially during the pandemic, it is important to educate ourselves on the early signs of anxiety and develop the skills necessary to help. If you, or someone you know, has been struggling with anxiety, this article is a great resource and first step in the right direction.

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How to Help Someone with Anxiety

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Print Mental and Behavioral Health Anxiety Disorders Reviewed By: All of us worry and get scared from time to time. But those with anxiety may feel consumed by fears of things that might seem irrational to others.

The COVID-19 Global Pandemic: Implications for People With Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

“The coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) global pandemic has already had an unprecedented impact on populations around the world and is anticipated to have a disproportionate burden on people with schizophrenia and related disorders.” Read the full article from the Schizophrenia Bulletin.

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COVID-19 Global Pandemic: Implications for People With Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Multiple factors increase the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 in people with schizophrenia. Smoking, which is prevalent in more than 60% of people with schizophrenia, may increase the risk of disease progression and severe complications from COVID-19, including death, via its effects on lung health and immune responsiveness.

Harvard Health, Live in the Moment, but Plan for Future Stress

“Participants who engaged in both proactive coping and high mindfulness were more resilient against daily stressors compared with those who performed only one.” This Harvard Health article is a quick read but outlines a very interesting concept. Planning for future stress may actually help to reduce it. A study that looked at how 223 people dealt with daily stress showed that being proactive helps resilience when faced with stress in the future.

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Live in the moment, but also plan for future stress – Harvard Health

Need help staying positive during trying times? Live more in the moment, but also focus on how to cope with future stresses. This advice comes from a study published online March 25, 2020, by Personality and Individual Differences. Researchers explored two factors in how people handle stress: mindfulness and proactive coping.