Wednesday, 31 December 2008

CMHA news

Call for Stories for the Upcoming Visions Magazine on Cannabis [back to top]
Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addiction Journal is looking for people who may have a story about Cannabis and are willing to write about it. The story could be about either medicinal use or recreational use. It could be about harms related to use, benefits related to use or attitude related to use. Visions is produced by CMHA BC Division on behalf of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Please contact visions@heretohelp.bc.ca to inquire and give a few details before submitting your stories.

Self-Disclosure Improves Self-Esteem, Helps Others Recover and Combats Stigma [back to top]
A report by the US- based Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that disclosure of an individuals mental illness not only improves their self-esteem, but also helps others who are in a similar situation. Researchers found that disclosure of mental illness is difficult, but the outcome of it is positive. Disclosure can help ease the recovery process by allowing people to identify and form relationships with others who share the same experience, as well as reduce the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental illness. For more details read the report 'Self-disclosure and its Impact on Individuals Who Receive Mental Health Services' at www.samhsa.gov

New Charity to Take Aim at Mental Illness [back to top]
The Chair of the Mental Health Commission Canada, Michael Kirby, has announced his next project is to form a charitable organization to more awareness and funding for research for mental illnesses. One of the aims of this project is also to reduce public stigma by raising the profile of mental illnesses. In order to this, many volunteers will be needed. The organization will organize a fundraising event that will be equivalent to' 'Run for Cure.' The new charity will be allied with the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, which will help change the mental health sector in Canada. For further information read 'New charity to take aim at mental illness' at www.theglobeandmail.com.
Submissions or Subscriptions for New Men-tal'-i-ty Magazine [back to top]
Men-tal'-i-ty Magazine is a quarterly magazine that showcases the artistic and creative works of individuals living mental illness and is also produced by individuals living with mental illness. To submit art or creative work or to subscribe for the magazine call 902-539-6480 or visit www.mentalitymagazine.ca

Education Evening - Mental Illness in the Movies – January 15 [back to top]
Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA) presents an Education Evening on Mental Illness in the Movies. Dr. Karlinsky of UBC Department of Psychiatry will provide an historical overview of the portrayal of mental health issues in the movies. Film and video clips will be used to illustrate the perception and treatments as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker. A post discussion will follow. This is a free event. The event will be held at the Sunrise Hall at 1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver at 7 pm. For more information contact MDA at 604-873-0103 or email info@mdabc.net or visit www.mdabc.net

Education Night: Women's Mental Health and Addictions - January 26, 2009 [back to top]
Women's Health Research and Institute Mental Health & Addictions Group and Dr. Erin Michalak, Director of Collaborative Research Team to Study Psychological Issues in Bipolar Disorder present an education night that will focus on key issues affecting mental health of women in BC and share new findings and self-help techniques for depression and bi-polar disorder. General public, educators and researchers are invited to this event. The event will be held at UBC Robson Square Theatre, C300 on 800 Robson Street, Vancouver from 6-8 pm. This is a free event. To register for the event contact Marion MacKay-Dunn at mdunn@cw.bc.ca or call 604-875-2424 ext. 4978

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Sharing Our Success Stories


SHARING OUR SUCCESS STORIES

A joint Vancouver Coastal Health/Coast Foundation program
to inform and inspire mental health consumers, their families, friends, partners and health care professionals.

What:
* The theme for this session:
Stories of Hope: or How I survived being a family member of a person with a mental illness:

* Hear success stories from family members who have learned how to best to deal with the multiple challenges that occur when your family member is diagnosed with a mental illness. How to deal with the grief, loss and confusion, and how to work with the system. Finally, hear the stories of people who have regained their strengths and skills with the help and support of their family members.

When: Tuesday Jan 27th 2009 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Coast Clubhouse
Board Room
295 East 11th Avenue (at Kingsway), Vancouver

For Information Contact:

Ann Webborn, OT 604-709-6758
Tom Heah, OT 604-215-5655

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Book News Vol. 4 No. 6



BOOK NEWS

Seasons greetings from everyone here at the Vancouver International Writers Festival. May you have a joyous holiday with the company of loved ones and good books. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals, government partners and organizations that have supported the Writers Festival in the past year-there are too many to mention them all here (you can see them all on our website) but we would like to mention our generous sponsors that have helped present great writers to you and Spreading the Word reading and writing programs for schools in 2008:

CMHC Granville Island, BC Transmission Corporation, HSBC Bank Canada, Penguin Group (Canada), Kidsbooks, Raincoast Books, Random House of Canada, Scotia Private Client Group, Simon & Schuster Canada, D&M Publishers, HarperCollinsCanada Ltd., UBC Creative Writing, Weyerhaeuser, UBC Writing Centre, CBC/Radio-Canada, The Vancouver Sun, Granville Island Hotel, Hangar 18 Creative Group, Rogers, Book Warehouse, Granville Island Brewing, Origins Coffee. Thank you!


The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents Spoken World
Spoken word stars from three continents. Featuring Regie Cabico (US), Morganics (Australia), Lemn Sissay (UK) and Kinnie Starr (Canada) and the improvised grooves of Sal Ferreras and his band, Poetic License.

7:30 pm February 18 & 20
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $20/$18 students & seniors (Vancouver Tix surcharges will apply). Tickets on sale December 20 through Vancouver Tix: 604.629.8849 or online at www.vancouvertix.com. More information: www.writersfest.bc.ca.

plus:
Spoken Word workshop for grades 9 - 12
with Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay and Kinnie Starr
10 - 4 pm, Saturday February 20
$35 (lunch included)
Tickets will be available starting January 5, 2009.
Registration: 604 681 6330 or www.writersfest.bc.ca

About the Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad is a series of multi-disciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture.
http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/culture-and-education/cultural-festival-and-events/-/33968/1wly9jd/index.html


Donate to a world of words!
Your gift to the Vancouver International Writers Festival will help us present award-winning authors to Lower Mainland readers, create stimulating events that provoke discussion and thought, and introduce thousands of young people to the magic of storytelling, reading and writing. You can make a secure online donation at
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/supportus/investment.


Australian poet Dorothy Porter has died after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Porter was last a guest at the Festival in 2005.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/12/14/aussiepoet-dies.html

Barack Obama has chosen his friend, the poet Elizabeth Alexander, to read at his inauguration. Alexander will be only the fourth poet to have read at a presidential inauguration.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/18/obama-inauguration-alexander-poetry

Quill & Quire offers up its picks for the most important Canadian books of the year.
http://www.quillandquire.com/books-of-the-year-2008/

Likewise, the books columnists for The Georgia Straight reveal their favourites in this week's edition.
http://www.straight.com/article-176249/years-tales-and-ideas-leave-lasting-imprint

And the last of the lists, Slate's best books of 2008:
http://www.slate.com/id/2206635/pagenum/all/#p2

The latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary, aimed at children aged 7 and up, forgoes vocabulary of the natural world in favour of the technological. In this article, Robert Bateman and David Suzuki express their dismay.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081209.woxford1209/BNStory/Entertainment/home

Margaret Trudeau is writing her third autobiographical book, this one about her struggle with bipolar disorder, set to be released in 2010.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/12/10/trudeau-memoir.html

The book district in Baghdad which had suffered from the effects of a car bomb explosion in 2007 has been resurrected.
http://baghdadbureau.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/then-and-now-a-new-chapter-for-baghdad-book-market/?hp

AWARDS

Seven mid-career artists have won the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards. Pender Island poet Marlene Cookshaw was honoured in the writing/publishing category.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/12/16/cc-mid-career-award.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

The Guardian writes that The Paris Review Interviews Vol. 3, which showcases interviews with Chinua Achebe, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Ralph Ellison, Ted Hughes, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and many more, is an indispensable book if you care about writing.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/13/lezard-paris-review

The New Yorker calls Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963, edited by her son, David Rieff, "a fascinating document of her apprenticeship, charting her earnest quest for education, identity, and voice."
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/12/22/081222crbo_books_pinckney

Nadine Gordimer has said the short story is "the form of the age." Read a brief review of her most recent collection Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/14/fiction2

2008 Festival guest Damon Galgut interviewed here in the Globe & Mail. Galgut's latest novel, The Imposter, looks at the South Africa of today in its "reign of ambiguity, contradiction and nuance."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081216.wgalgut1217/BNStory/Entertainment/home

In light of the upcoming premiere of the film adaptation of Richard Yates's novel Revolutionary Road, The New Yorker and the NY Times revisit the acclaimed 1961 novel.
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/12/15/081215crbo_books_wood
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/movies/14mcgr.html?_r=1&ref=books

David Hare, who wrote the screenplay for Bernhard Schlink's Holocaust novel The Reader, recounts the difficult journey from book to film in the Guardian.
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_extracts/article5308121.ece

EVENTS

57 VARIETIES
Rowan Lipkovits hosts an open-stage variety show featuring spoken word, music, dance, improv, clowning, puppet shows, etc. Thursday, December 18 at 8:00pm, by donation. Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings). More information at www.butchershop.ca/archive/57/.

INTERNATIONAL HAIKU INVITATIONAL
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to announce its fourth annual Cherry Blossom Festival during March/April 2009 and invites poets from British Columbia and around the world to submit one unpublished haiku about the cherry blossom in the spirit of international friendship. Selected haiku will become part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Musically Speaking concert on March 28th, 2009, and be displayed on Vancouver TransLink city buses and SkyTrain cars during March and April. Please visit www.vcbf.ca for full submission details. Submissions must be received by December 19th, 2008.

A CHARLES DICKENS EVENING
Fireside readings by Cam Cathcart, Don Mowatt, and Carolyn Finlay with piano accompaniment. Saturday, December 20 at 7:00pm. Tickets $12. Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay).

CRIC?CRAC!
Vancouver Society of Storytelling presents winter stories of warmth and fuzziness, featuring Paddy Graber, Lei Lani Harmon, Larry Matier, Brian Nelson, and Pauline Wenn. Sunday, December 21 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $5 members, $6 nonmembers. St. Mark's Anglican Church (1805 Larch).

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Brenda Berck, Clea Young, Ann McDonell and Sandra Millard.

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Friday, 12 December 2008

Book News Vol. 4 No. 5

BOOK NEWS

Azar Nafisi
The Vancouver International Writers Festival, in partnership with Random House of Canada and the Capilano University IKON Speaker Series, present the bestselling Iranian author Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) who will give a talk on her latest project Things I Have Been Silent About, a deeply personal memoir about her early years in Iran.

7:30pm, Saturday, January 17, 2009
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance as there is limited availability. To reserve, call the Capilano Performing Arts Theatre Box Office on 604.990.7810 or online at https://cgi.capilanou.ca/cgi-bin/tm.pl?tmEvent/tmEvent534.html.

Donate to a world of words!
Your gift to the Vancouver International Writers Festival will help us present award-winning authors to Lower Mainland readers, create stimulating events that provoke discussion and thought, and introduce thousands of young people to the magic of storytelling, reading and writing. You can make a secure online donation at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/supportus/investment.
As we reported in last week's Book News, there were some major changes in U.S. publishing recently as a result of the economic climate. The pinch is now being felt in Canada - albeit less forcefully, for the time being anyway.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6621541.html
http://www.quillandquire.com/google/article.cfm?article_id=10355

On the other hand, recent statistics indicate that books sales in Canada in November were up 5% over the same period last year.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/550549

'Tis the season for book lists, this one is the Toronto Star kids book list.
http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/article/549112

Robert McCrum the esteemed critic for the Guardian has compiled his ten best books of the year.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2008/dec/09/top-10-books-2008

Not everybody finds being in a book club an enriching experience.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/fashion/07clubs.html?em=&pagewanted=all

AWARDS

The short list for the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-fiction has been announced. Russell Wangersky, one of the nominees, was one of our guests at the Festival in October.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hkEY9RH3gHwUE-pULg614ZDiYuug

You'll find the Nobel address by the most recent recipient, Jean-Marie Gustav Le Clézio, here:
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2008/clezio-lecture_en.html

In the wake of the controversy over the Governor General's Award for English language poetry there are calls for more transparency on juries.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/12/08/gg-controversy.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

One of Canada's almost forgotten literary treasures, Josef Skvorecky, is still turning out novels. The latest to be translated into English is called Ordinary Lives.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081206.BKSKVO06/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Novelist Lewis DeSoto reviews Gillian Slovo's Black Orchid in the Globe and Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081206.BKSLOV06/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Margaret Drabble has written an appreciation of Doris Lessing's short stories.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/06/margaret-drabble-doris-lessing

The much remarked upon address David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College's commencement in 2005 will be published in book form this spring.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6620589.html

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has written a book about "depression economics".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/06/paul-krugman-financial-crisis-2008

Today's Georgia Straight has some new book reviews including one of Edward Hoagland's Early in the Season: A British Columbia Journal.
http://www.straight.com/article-175326/early-season

EVENTS

STEPHEN HAMMOND
The author of Managing Human Rights at Work and Steps in the Rights Directions will be discussing community and international human rights. Thursday, December 11 at 7:00pm, free. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert Street). For more information, phone 604.299.8955.

ANVIL PRESS
Jim Oaten
, Jim Christie and Charles Tidler launch their respective books: Accelerated Paces, Scalawags and Tortoise Boy. Thursday, December 11 at 7:00pm. Café Montmartre, 4362 Main Street.

C.C. HUMPHREYS
C.C. Humphreys reads from his newest novel, Vlad: The Last Confession: The Epic Novel of the Real Dracula. Friday, December 12 at 7:30pm, free. Alma Van Dusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

RICEPAPER MAGAZINE
Upcoming issue launch featuring short readings by Ray Hsu, Joni Low, Kim Nguyen, and Caroline Wong, with a musical performance by Elvis tribute artist Aaron Wong. Sunday, December 14 at 7:00pm. Tickets by donation. Hoko Japanese House (362 Powell). More information at
info@ricepapermagazine.ca.

POETS AND MUSICIANS
World Poetry presents poets Warren Stevenson, Jacqueline Maire, Diane Laloge, Cora Salvador, Gordon Mumford, and featured musician Earle Peach. Monday, December 15 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

POETRY SLAM
Vancouver poetry slam featuring Taalam Acey. Monday, December 15 at 9:00pm. Tickets: $5. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive).

57 VARIETIES
Rowan Lipkovits hosts an open-stage variety show featuring spoken word, music, dance, improv, clowning, puppet shows, etc. Thursday, December 18 at 8:00pm, by donation. Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings). More information at
www.butchershop.ca/archive/57/.

INTERNATIONAL HAIKU INVITATIONAL
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to announce its fourth annual Cherry Blossom Festival during March/April 2009 and invites poets from British Columbia and around the world to submit one unpublished haiku about the cherry blossom in the spirit of international friendship. Selected haiku will become part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Musically Speaking concert on March 28th, 2009, and be displayed on Vancouver TransLink city buses and SkyTrain cars during March and April. Please visit
www.vcbf.ca for full submission details. Submissions must be received by December 19th, 2008.

A CHARLES DICKENS EVENING
Fireside readings by Cam Cathcart, Don Mowatt, and Carolyn Finlay with piano accompaniment. Saturday, December 20 at 7:00pm. Tickets $12. Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay).

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Brenda Berck, Clea Young, Ann McDonell and Sandra Millard.

To unsubscribe, please visit
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/booknews.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
* * * * * * * * * * *
2009 Festival - 20-25 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
Canada
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e:
hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
w: www.writersfest.bc.ca


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Monday, 8 December 2008

Van/Rmd Mental Health Network Open House



Hi all,

Just a note of invitation to our Open House on December 17, 2008. The Network will be celebrating its new name and we would like you to come visit us for snacks and discussion of the work we do as well as issues of interest to our members and your constituents.

The Open House will take place at our office at 201-1300 Richards Street at the corner of Drake and Richards Streets in Downtown Vancouver. The Open House will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17th.

Attached is a flyer you may print as a reminder of this upcoming event.

Hope to see you on the 17th!

Regards,

Ron Carten

Coordinator
West Coast Mental Health Network

www.vcn.bc.ca/vrmhn
ph. 604-733-5570

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Book News Vol. 4 No. 4




BOOK NEWS

Azar Nafisi
The Vancouver International Writers Festival, in partnership with Random House of Canada and the Capilano University IKON Speaker Series, present the bestselling Iranian author Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) who will give a talk on her latest project Things I Have Been Silent About, a deeply personal memoir about her early years in Iran.

7:30pm, Saturday, January 17, 2009
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance as there is limited availability. To reserve, call the Capilano Performing Arts Theatre Box Office on 604.990.7810.


Here is the Globe and Mail's list of the 100 best books of 2008. Some time in the new year the paper will shut down its freestanding book section and merge books coverage into the Focus section.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081129.BK100S29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Jim Bartley, first fiction columnist for the Globe and Mail, has chosen his ten best for 2008.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081129.BKJIMB29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

The Georgia Straight has chosen its Christmas book gift lists for adults and children.
http://www.straight.com/article-173218/throw-book-your-list
http://www.straight.com/article-173231/words-young

The Vancouver Sun has also put together a list of Christmas books for children.
http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/best+Christmas+books+kids/1017293/story.htm

In the coming year we will likely see a lot of changes in the publishing industry. Random House in New York, one of the most important publishers in North America has already begun to consolidate.
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/major-reorganization-at-random-house/?ref=books

After choosing 100 notable books of 2008, the New York Times has chosen its ten best.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/books/review/10Best-t.html?ref=books

For those who have problems managing the volumes of books that threaten to take over the house, here is some advice on tending to your bookshelves.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/books/review/Miller-t.html?_r=2&ref=books

AWARDS

The Guardian has chosen its best first book published in the past year, Alex Ross's The Rest is Noise.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/03/guardian-first-book-alex-ross-rest-is-noise

Here are two very different opinions about the controversy over the Governor General's Award for English language poetry.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081129.BKREAD29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theampersand/archive/2008/12/01/ecw-editor-michael-holmes-addresses-jacob-scheier-gg-controversy.aspx

The winners of the Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced.
http://www.bookawards.sk.ca/year.php

The longlist for the Quebec Bookseller's awards has been announced.
http://www.alq.qc.ca/pdlq/edition/liste_preliminaire.php

BOOKS & WRITERS

Henning Mankell's new book, featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander employs two novellas and three stories to reveal aspects of Wallander's past.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/545410

Nam Le, one of the featured writers at this year's Festival, was interviewed in the Tyee.
http://thetyee.ca/Books/2008/11/27/NamLe/

Noted graphic novelist Art Spiegelman (Maus) is turning his talents to primers for young readers.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/12/02/art-spiegelman.html

Tough topics continue to be of interest to younger readers.
http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Young+adult+writers+serious/1031402/story.html

Nobel prize winner V.S. Naipaul who has suffered his share of criticism has been given a curse to cast upon his critics.
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article5258466.ece

Tributes to the life and work of David Foster Wallace continue to be published around the world.
http://weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/835eqlmb.asp

EVENTS

FREE WRITE!
A series of free intensive writing workshops for youth in the Lower Mainland aged 14-19, is now accepting applications for its program. Youth will be taught by guest writers including novelist Jen Sookfong Lee, storyteller Brendan McLeod, playwright TJ Dawe, poet Barbara Adler, songwriter Dan Mangan, and screenwriter Evan Crowe. Applications are due December 15th. More information can be found at: www.myspace.com/freewritevancouver or by emailing freewrite2009@gmail.com.

MOTHER'S PEARLS READING
Kevin J. Cottam will be reading from his first book, Mother's Pearls...27 Aha Moments of Realization. Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm. Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium (1238 Davie).

VANCOUVER AUTHORS TAKE AIM AT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Dr. Gabor Maté and writer and filmmaker Amber Dawn will mark the week between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a reading. Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson).

LLOYD KAHN
Lloyd Kahn, author of the counter-culture classic Shelter and Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, spent two years shooting photos and interviewing builders along the Pacific Coast of North America. The result is Builders of the Pacific Coast, a book featuring 1200 photos of unique buildings and innovative design, most of it on and around Vancouver Island. Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

A NUMBER OF THINGS
Toronto-based artist Micah Lexier launches his new book that present his favourite conceptual artworks as well as some related objects relating to counting and measurement. Friday, December 5 at 8:00pm. Artspeak (233 Carrall). Information:
http://artspeak.ca/exhibitions/event_detail.html?event_id=215.

CLIMATE WARS
World-renowned Canadian journalist, historian, and author Gwynne Dyer will read from his new book. Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 at 1:00pm. Park Theatre (3440 Cambie).

IMAGES OF INTERNMENT
Japanese Canadian National Museum presents a book launch and signing by Dr. Henry Shimizu, based on a series of oil paintings he created as a visual expression of his time in an internment camp in New Denver. Saturday, December 6 at 3:00pm. National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre (100-6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby).

THE GENIUS OF JAMES BARBER
Christina Burridge and special guests will celebrate James Barber with the launch of The Genius of James Barber: His Best Recipes. Sunday, December 7 at 3:00pm. Free but please call 604-688-6755 to register. Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks, 1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver.

WHEN MEMOIR INSPIRES FICTION
Jen Sookfong Lee will lead a fiction workshop that explores the issues of using what you know to create something entirely new. Monday, December 8 at 6:00pm, free. Peter Kaye Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

CHRIS CZAJKOWSKI
The Canadian author gives an illustrated lecture on her new book, A Mountain Year. Monday, December 8 at 7:30pm, free. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (Alice MacKay Room), 350 West Georgia Street. For more information, please call 604-331-4041.

CBC RADIO STUDIO ONE BOOK CLUB
Win tickets to be in the audience of the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club with Peter C. Newman on Monday December 8th. Peter's new book Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul is the inside story of the Winnipeg boy whose empire changed the Canadian media landscape forever. Peter himself is no stranger to controversy with his other books including The Secret Mulroney Tapes. To win tickets to meet Peter C. Newman go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.

PETER C. NEWMAN
Join award-winning journalist, author and political commentator Peter C. Newman as he reads from his new book, Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul. Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

KATHERINE GORDON
Join award-winning author Katherine Gordon as she speaks about her best-selling book, The Garden That You Are which explores the culture of gardeners through the stories of eight people. Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

STEPHEN HAMMOND
The author of Managing Human Rights at Work and Steps in the Rights Directions will be discussing community and international human rights. Thursday, December 11 at 7:00pm, free. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert Street). For more information, phone 604.299.8955.

C.C. HUMPHREYS
C.C. Humphreys reads from his newest novel, Vlad: The Last Confession: The Epic Novel of the Real Dracula. Friday, December 12 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

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Friday, 5 December 2008

'Frames of Mind' December 17 Film Screening - My Mother's Garden


Subject: 'Frames of Mind' December 17 Film Screening - My Mother's Garden


Hi everyone - Frames of Mind is gingerly entering the 21st century and we need fans! So join us as a fan on our brand new Frames of Mind Facebook page. Start by visiting our new web site www.framesofmind.ca and then hit the Facebook button. And if you've never registered on Facebook before, time to get with it - go to www.facebook.com. Once you've registered on Facebook, you'll be able to find Frames of Mind by entering it as a Search term or clicking on the Facebook button on framesofmind.ca

Why join Frames of Mind Facebook? It's a great way to hear about upcoming screenings, see trailers, join Discussion boards, get involved by suggesting films or by answering questions related to mental health, and of course - to meet like-minded people.

See you on Facebook!

Cheers, Harry Karlinsky

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

My Mother's Garden
Wednesday, December 17 - 7:30pm at Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street, Downtown Vancouver

USA 2007. Director: Cynthia Lester
VANCOUVER PREMIERE!

As a child growing up in suburban Granada Hills, California, the first time filmmaker Cynthia Lester realized something was really wrong with her mother was when school friends said they had seen her in the alley going through their dumpster. Born in Poland in 1944, and raised by her Aunt, an Auschwitz survivor, Eugenia Lester grew up in an austere communist society. She immigrated to America in 1974, and faced poverty and depression while struggling to raise a family as a single mother. Throughout her adult years, Eugenia's hoarding behaviour began to take over, eventually forcing her children to leave home at very young ages to fend for themselves. Years later, Eugenia is living in her garden because there is literally no room for her in a house now stuffed to the ceiling with junk of all shapes and sizes. As Eugenia is threatened with eviction and the demolishment of her home, her daughter and three sons come together for the first time in their adult lives to try and cope with their mother's disorder and rebuild a lost sense of family. Cynthia spirits her mother away to her own home in New York, and Eugenia's other children spend eight weeks removing tons of refuse from their mother's home. But when Eugenia returns, her response is not what they had hoped for… Screened at Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and winner of the Special Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Features at Slamdance. Colour, DigiBeta, 70 mins.

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Michael Passmore and Dr. Ingrid Sochting

Dr. Michael Passmore is a Geriatric Psychiatrist with Providence Health Care in Vancouver. He has experience working with older adults who develop abnormal behaviour such as hoarding, usually in the context of late-life brain disorders such as dementia.

Dr. Ingrid Sochting is the Chief Psychologist at Richmond Mental Health Outpatient Services and Clinical Assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC. She has been instrumental in developing a number of group therapy programs for mood and anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder for adults and adolescents, a number of whom have struggled with hoarding behaviour.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

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, see
http://www.framesofmind.ca/


$9.50 Adult Single Bill / $8.00 Senior/Student Single Bill / $11.50 Adult Double Bill / $10.00 Senior/Student Double Bill
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Sunday, 30 November 2008

The Who's Crazy Now? News and Views Special Holiday Edition



The Who's Crazy Now? News and Views
Published by Elly Litvak
Mental Health Coach, Consultant & Public Speaker
The Who's Crazy Now? News and Views provides information for people recovering from a mental illness, their families, friends and mental health professionals.
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1. Welcome from Elly
2. Feature Article: 10 Tips for Reducing Stress and Enjoying the Holiday Season
3. Calm Down - Breathing Your Way to Relaxation and Happiness CD
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5. About Elly
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The holidays are just around the corner and bring with them a multitude of joyful as well as stressful times. This issue is dedicated to my 10 Tips for Reducing Stress and Enjoying the Holiday Season.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy and relaxing holiday season.

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Here are my top 10 tips for enjoying the holidays:
Be prepared. Nothing is more stressful then doing everything at the last minute. Plan out your daily schedule including the people who you're meeting, the parties you'll be attending, and shopping. Planning includes budgeting. Make a holiday budget and stick to it.
Prioritize and minimize. Take a close look at what you really need to do and eliminate things that are over the top or take up all your energy. Minimize gift giving to a small select list. If you have a big family you might draw names from a hat for exchanging gifts, or set an amount to be spent on gifts. Maybe only send cards to friends and relatives who are out of town or people you won't see over the holidays.
Abandon perfection. When's the last time you did something absolutely perfectly? Why should Christmas be any different? Accept that everything may not go according to plan.
Remember that not everything needs to be perfect. People are happy just getting together over the holidays. Sometimes the perfect thing is the simplest thing.
Set boundaries. Choose to be with the people who mean the most to you. Stay clear of toxic people and family members. You should do things that you want to do and be with people you want to be with. Set boundaries and stick to them. Don't be afraid to say no.
Don't go Overboard. Enjoy everything in moderation; food, alcohol and socializing. Just because it's the holidays is no reason to overindulge. Be reasonable. Why bake two pies when one is enough? Why cook a 20 pound turkey for 2 people? If you're throwing a party, make it pot luck.
Know your triggers. Not all holiday memories are pleasant. Emotional triggers like the anniversary of loved ones that have passed on, relationship disagreements, and the memory of holiday season psych ward revisits can be difficult to deal with. Avoid discussing topics with friends and family that you know will start arguments and cause stress. Overtiredness is a common cause of stress so make sure you get enough sleep.
Plan coping strategies. The best way to deal with stress at any time of year is relaxation and deep breathing. Listen to your favorite CD, watch your favorite movie, go for a walk on the beach, meditate or take some quiet time. If you need to be in close contact with relatives or people that stress you out, protect yourself. Create affirmations like 'I am a confident, loving person'. Many people volunteer over the holidays.
Take time for yourself. Buy presents for yourself. A Christmas stocking filled with some of your favourite treats is an inexpensive way to give yourself a lift if you are alone and feeling down. Stocking stuffers like chocolates, oranges, and nuts are fun and easy as are cards to yourself with affirmations like 'I give myself the gift of confidence' or 'I give myself the gift of determination'. Don't forget to throw in a lottery ticket or two, or that new CD or book you've been wanting.
Beware of the post holiday crash. It's common to feel a little bit depressed after all the excitement and parties of the holidays is over. Take the time to be grateful for all the enjoyment you had over the holidays. Keep your social network active. Go to movies, out for coffee, hang out.
Have fun. Laughter is the best medicine, and it is infectious. If you're feeling down, watch comedies or cartoons. Rent your favorites. I recommend Dr. Seuss's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. And don't forget, claustrophobia is not the fear of Santa Claus, and a popular Christmas wine is 'Do I have to eat my brussell sprouts'.
Remember this is your holiday. Your enjoyment of the holidays is your decision. It's up to you. Taking responsibility, being prepared to deal with things that could happen makes for a happier healthier life.
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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Book News Vol. 4 No. 3


BOOK NEWS

Azar Nafisi
The Vancouver International Writers Festival, in partnership with Random House of Canada and the Capilano University IKON Speaker Series, present the bestselling Iranian author Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) who will give a talk on her latest project Things I Have Been Silent About, a deeply personal memoir about her early years in Iran.

7:30pm, Saturday, January 17, 2009
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance as there is limited availability. To reserve, call the Capilano Performing Arts Theatre Box Office on 604.990.7810.


CBC Radio One, host of the Canada Reads series, has announced the panelists and the books they will defend in the upcoming edition of Canada Reads, airing March 2-6, 2009.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/11/25/canada-reads.html

The recent international economic slowdown is beginning to affect publishing.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/books/25publish.html?ref=books

The New York Times has published its 100 Notable books for 2008 and its list of Notable Children's Books.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/books/review/100Notable-t.html?_r=1&em
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/books/review/KidsNotable-t.html?ref=review

Death is a hot topic notes the LA Times: "Judging from what's being published these days, writers have been tackling that disappointing last act a lot lately."
http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-ca-death-beat23-2008nov23,0,2311111.story

AWARDS

Patrick Lane has been awarded a Drummer General's Award in the fiction category for his novel Red Dog, Red Dog, and Russell Wangersky has received the award in the non-fiction category for his memoir Burning Down the House. The awards were established in 1993 to recognize books ignored by the Governor General's Awards and the Giller Prize.
http://cbabook.org/news/DG08.pdf

The Complete Stories, a short story collection by Australian author David Malouf, has been awarded the first Australia-Asia Literary Award.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/11/21/malouf-prize.html

The Canada Council, which administers the Governor General's Literary Awards, is defending itself over what some are saying is a conflict of interest in the poetry prize awarded to Jacob Scheier.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/11/25/poetry-award-criticism.html
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/542771

Rachel Johnson has taken this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award, beating out John Updike and Russell Banks. Johnson said it was an "absolute honour" to win. Updike, however did win a lifetime achievement award for bad sex.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/nov/25/bad-sex-johnson-updike-fiction

Our very own Steven Galloway has made the shortlist for Borders 2008 Original Voices Award.
http://tinyurl.com/559jwy

The Giller Prize has boosted the sales of Joseph Boyden's Through Black Spruce.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081127.BUZZ27-5/TPStory/?query=The+Buzz

BOOKS & WRITERS

C.C. Humphreys, author of Vlad: The Last Confession and one of our guests at the Festival, has received a starred review in Quill and Quire.
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6323

The latest by Bruce Jay Friedman, Three Balconies, a collection of stories and a novella, is reviewed here in the Globe & Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081122.BKBALC22/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Dennis Lehane's new novel, The Given Day, is a "tale of labour unrest, corruption and racial strife."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081122.BKLEHA22/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

The Globe & Mail reviews a slew of children's books in time for the holidays.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081122.BKKIDD22/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

The Tyee spoke with Amanda Boyden about her latest novel, Babylon Rolling, when she was here for the Festival. Read the recently released interview here:
http://thetyee.ca/Books/2008/11/19/BabylonRolling/

The Guardian interviews Nobel laureate José Saramago who, after spending several months in the hospital for a respiratory illness, has resumed his busy schedule.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/nov/22/jose-saramago-blindness-nobel

According to reviewer George Packer in the New York Times, the new biography of V.S. Naipaul is "...fully worthy of its subject, with all the dramatic pacing, the insight and the pathos of a first-rate novel."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/books/review/Packer-t.html?ref=books

The Georgia Straight reviews three books about the soon-to-be-over George W. Bush presidency.
http://www.straight.com/article-172296/era-ends-history-begins

EVENTS

WORDS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
Panel discussion on fiction and the environment, hosted by Green College writer-in-residence Patricia Robertson and featuring UBC Canada Research Chair Peter Dauvergne, science fiction novelist Donna McMahon, and Robert Rouse of the UBC English department. Thursday, November 27 at 8:00pm, free. Green College Coach House (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at www.greencollege.ubc.ca/.

DOORS OF PERCEPTION
Join poet Susan McCaslin and musician-scholar Kevin Hutchings for an evening of poetry, visuals, and music in honour of William Blake's 251st birthday. Friday, November 28 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen and Peter McKay Rooms, Central Library, lower level.

SCOTT MORRISON
Veteran sportswriter and author of Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day signs copies of his book. Monday, December 1 at 7:00pm. Chapters Metrotown, Burnaby.

CEASE TO BLUSH
Author Billie Livingston reads from her first novel, Going Down Swinging, as well as her most recent novel, Cease to Blush. Monday, December 1 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia). More information at www.vpl.ca/.

JOANN DIONNE
JoAnn Dionne spent seven years in China where she taught elementary school and the students and people she met there became the basis for her first book, Little Emperors: A Year with the Future of China. Monday, December 1 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

SAGE ISLAND
The Vancouver launch of Samantha Warwick's Sage Island, featuring guests Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage, and Keith Maillard, author of Difficulty at the Beginning. Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30pm, free. Montmartre Café (4362 Main). More information at www.brindleandglass.com/.

CHRIS CZAJKOWSKI
The Canadian author gives an illustrated lecture on her new book, A Mountain Year. Wednesday, December 3 at 7:15pm. Tickets: $10. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut). For more information, please call 604-536-3529.

JIM TAYLOR
Sports journalist, broadcaster, and author gives a lively talk and reading from his memoir Hello Sweetheart? Gimmie Rewrite!: My Life in the Wonderful World of Sports. Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm, free. Lynn Valley Library (1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver).

CHRIS CZAJKOWSKI
The Canadian author gives an illustrated lecture on her new book, A Mountain Year. Thursday, December 4 at 7:30pm, free. Parkgate Public Library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. For more information, please call 604-929-5718.

LLOYD KAHN
Lloyd Kahn
, author of the counter-culture classic Shelter and Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, spent two years shooting photos and interviewing builders along the Pacific Coast of North America. The result is Builders of the Pacific Coast, a book featuring 1200 photos of unique buildings and innovative design, most of it on and around Vancouver Island. Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Upcoming

THE GENIUS OF JAMES BARBER
Christina Burridge and special guests will celebrate James Barber with the launch of The Genius of James Barber: His Best Recipes. Sunday, December 7 at 3:00pm. Free but please call 604-688-6755 to register. Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks, 1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver.

CHRIS CZAJKOWSKI
The Canadian author gives an illustrated lecture on her new book, A Mountain Year. Monday, December 8 at 7:30pm, free. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (Alice MacKay Room), 350 West Georgia Street. For more information, please call 604-331-4041.

CBC RADIO STUDIO ONE BOOK CLUB
Win tickets to be in the audience of the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club with Peter C. Newman on Monday December 8th. Peter's new book Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul is the inside story of the Winnipeg boy whose empire changed the Canadian media landscape forever. Peter himself is no stranger to controversy with his other books including The Secret Mulroney Tapes. To win tickets to meet Peter C. Newman go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.

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World Fellowshiop of Schizophrenia



This is a very active organization which publishes a free newsletter you can receive online; just send an email to info@world-schizophrenia.org Below are the contents of recent editions. They can be accessed at www.world-schizophrenia.org

WFSAD's Quarterly Newsletter

For 14 years, the Quarterly Newsletter has served as a forum for discussion for mental healthcare professionals, families of people with mental illness, and family associations around the world. Each editions provides concise, timely reports on innovations, practical solutions to the challenges families are facing, and the latest research developments from every corner of the gobe. Each issue also includes book reviews, opinion pieces, member news and personal stories.

If you would like to sign up for WFSAD's new online Quarterly Newsletter, send an email to: info@world-schizophrenia.org.

If you would like to become a member of WFSAD or donate to the organization, go to Join/Donate.

Newsletter Archives:

4th Quarter 2007: Conference 2007

  1. Cover Story: Lighting the Path: Hope in Action by Radha Shankar & Gladys Okoth
  2. Recovery from Schizophrenia & the Role of the Families by Dr. Kim Mueser
  3. Schizophrenia - No Longer an Enigma by Dr. Robin Murray
  4. Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know by Dr. Glenda MacQueen
  5. Improving Brain Function for People with Schizophrenia by Dr. Esta Miran & Dr. Michael Miran
  6. The Needs of Families in Early Intervention by Dr. Grainne Fadden
  7. Antipsychotics 50 Years Later: What Have We Learned? by Dr. Gary Remington
  8. Transforming Systems of Care through Human Rights Investigations & Advocacy by Elizabeth Bauer
  9. Training Clinicians: New Perspectives by Dr. Margaret Leggatt
  10. Recovery: More than 'Symptom Reduction' by Chris Summerville
  11. Announcing WFSAD's New Guidebook

3rd Quarter 2007

  1. Cover Story: Getting Your Life Back - Part 2: The Concept of Recovery
  2. Book Review: Strategies to Address Stigma & Overcome Obstacles to Employment
  3. International Congress: Cognition & Remediation Among Focus at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research
  4. Research: Examining the Impact of New Antipsychotics on Weight Gain & Diabetes; Physical Illness & Access to Medical Services in People with Schizophrenia
  5. WFSAD News: WFSAD's New Strategy
  6. Advocacy: Advocacy Goes Global
  7. Asian Forum: Gathering & Working as a Family
  8. Personal Story: Climbing the Mountain
  9. Regional News: Reason to Hope Family Training Update; ABRE in Brazil - Human Beings are Bigger than the Illness; Zenkaren Disbanded
  10. Tribute: Long Journey to a Good Day: The Triumph of Austin Mardon

MDA Education Evening - Jan 2009




Looking for a Christmas gift that fits almost everyone?


There will not be an MDA Education Evening in December.
The information below is for Jan 15, 2009. So mark the date on your calendar. Have a Happy Holiday Season!
Education Evening - Jan 15, 2009

Mental Illness in the Movies

Dr. Harry Karlinsky

UBC Dept. of Psychiatry

Dr. Karlinsky will provide an historical overview of the portrayal of mental health issues in the movies.

Film and video clips will be used to lllustrate the perceptions and treatments as seen through the eyes of the filmaker.

Question and answer period to follow.

Thurs, Jan 15, 2009, 7pm

No Charge To Attend

Sunrise Hall, 1950 Windermere St, Vancouver (wheelchair accessible)

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

Please forward this email to anyone you feel would be interested in attending this event.


Saturday, 22 November 2008

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www.healthlinkbc.ca <https://webmail.vch.ca/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.healthlinkbc.ca> .

Vancouver Sun Published: Friday, November 21, 2008

VANCOUVER - British Columbians can now dial 8-1-1 to get 24/7 health information and medical advice and help navigate B.C.'s health-care system, the provincial government announced today.

"8-1-1 is the gateway to an expanded tele-health service called HealthLink BC," said Health Minister George Abbott in a press release.

The HealthLink BC service includes a new health system navigation service accessible via telephone or the Internet. The navigation system assists the public and health professionals in finding and accessing appropriate health resources in, or close, to their home communities.

"For example, our enhanced services will make it much simpler for a pregnant mother to determine the closest prenatal program to her home, or for a senior living in a rural community to locate an influenza immunization clinic," Abbott said in the release.

A trained health service representative will answer all 8-1-1 telephone calls, and where appropriate, calls will be transferred to a registered nurse, pharmacist or dietician for further information and advice. The 8-1-1 service can provide assistance with answers to questions about a variety of health topics, help in identifying symptoms and advice on when to seek medical treatment, the release said.

8-1-1 has translation services available in more than 130 languages. Online, the service is available at www.healthlinkbc.ca.

HealthLink BC services are endorsed by the B.C. Medical Association, the B.C. College of Family Physicians, the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. and the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, the release said.

British Columbians who are hearing or speech impaired are able to access HealthLink BC telephone services from a TTY service or device by dialing 7-1-1.