|Volume 64 : June 2008|
Welcome to MIND MATTERS, an electronic newsletter produced by the Canadian Mental Health Association's BC Division office (CMHA) and delivered monthly to your mailbox. In MIND MATTERS, we provide new resources and programs offered by CMHA BC Division, 20 CMHA branches across BC and news from partner agencies and like-minded organizations committed to the mental health of British Columbians.
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CMHA BC Launches New Program to Support Emotional Well-Being of People with Chronic Conditions
FEATURED CMHA PROGRAM:
1 in 7 BC Children Experience Mental Health Problems
RESEARCH FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
Number of Children Prescribed Antipsychotic Medication on the Rise
NEW PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES:
The Mental Health Consumer Opportunities E-mail Distribution List
Mental Health Commission to Create National Charity
PUBLIC EDUCATIONS EVENTS:
Movie Mondays in Victoria
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:
Leading and Succeeding: Keeping Pace with the Changing Healthcare Force – June 23 + 24
Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice – July 12 - 15
CMHA National Conference, Nova Scotia – August 22 + 23
CMHA BC Launches New Program to Support Emotional Well-Being of People with Chronic Conditions [back to top]
Mind Matters Survey - Enter To Win a $75 Gift Certificate! - Draw closes July 31 [back to top]
CMHA Seeking Nominations to National Board of Directors - Due July 4 + August 1 [back to top]
Making Waves for Change - CMHA National Conference, Nova Scotia - August 22 + 23 [back to top]
Funding Renewed for CMHA's Routes to Work Employment Project [back to top]
CMHA Simon Fraser Branch Seeks Candidates for Executive Director Position [back to top]
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch Seeks Volunteers for Partnership Program [back to top]
Illuminate's Grape Crushing Fundraiser for CMHA Delta Branch - July 5 [back to top]
North Shore Health Lecture Series [back to top]
Vancouver/Burnaby Branch Special Events [back to top]
Five Interior-region branches of the CMHA — 100 Mile House, Kamloops, Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Vernon — are the first to launch a new two-year program to help people with chronic physical conditions better manage low mood.
The program, Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health, will be delivered in close collaboration with primary care practices and is funded by a grant from the Ministry of Health, first announced during Mental Health Week last year. Around one in three British Columbian adults suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes or heart disease, and about a third of this group are affected by low mood or anxiety problems.
"We're so pleased to introduce Bounce Back because we know it can really help people living with chronic conditions feel better and get more out of life," says Bev Gutray, Executive Director of CMHA's BC Division. "It's not uncommon for people with chronic conditions to feel anxious or depressed. Added on top of an existing health condition, these feelings can lead to worsening health, impacts on daily living, and an overall lower quality of life. We see Bounce Back as providing tools to help people 'reclaim their health.'"
Bounce Back focuses on self-help skills to improve emotional well-being. The program offers two forms of help. The first is a DVD which provides practical tips on managing mood, healthy living, building confidence and activities, and problem solving. The second is a guided self-help program to build on the techniques from the DVD, with telephone support from a community 'coach.' The whole program can be completed in several weeks and is done from the comfort of a person's home.
"We know from the research that the self-help techniques in Bounce Back work. We also know guided self-help works even better. One of the most exciting parts of Bounce Back is how community agencies, in partnership with health authorities and primary care, are directly involved in supporting and empowering individuals to acquire skills to improve their mood and quality of life," says Gutray.
Bounce Back will begin providing service in 100 Mile House, Kamloops, Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Vernon and surrounding areas starting July 1, exclusively through referrals from primary care practitioners. Other BC communities will introduce Bounce Back in the fall of this year and spring 2009. CMHA estimates that close to 50,000 people will be able to access Bounce Back interventions once the program is fully in place.
1 in 7 BC Children Experience Mental Health Problems [back to top]
Schizophrenia Patients with Short Hospital Stays Soon Re-admitted [back to top]
Targeted CBT Prevention Effective at Reducing Child Depression [back to top]
New Doctors Want Work-life Balance [back to top]
Nature Lovers Are More Happy [back to top]
Number of Children Prescribed Antipsychotic Medication on the Rise [back to top]
Depressed Teens More Likely to Try Pot [back to top]
Students Heading Off to University Still Need their Parents [back to top]
Depression Most Common in Middle Age [back to top]
Depression Still a Major Issue in the Workplace [back to top]
Cognitive Remediation + Vocational Rehabilitation = Improved Work Function [back to top]
The Mental Health Consumer Opportunities E-mail Distribution List [back to top]
Healthy Minds Webcast Series Explores Mental Illness [back to top]
Depression: Out of the Shadows Webcast [back to top]
DVD Explores Aboriginal Women's Journeys through Postpartum Depression [back to top]
Puppets Raise Awareness in Schools [back to top]
Oil on Water Film Depicts Artist's Struggle with Schizophrenia [back to top]
Interactive Depression Website for Youth Features Talking Guides [back to top]
Online LGBT Support Group for Those with a Mentally Ill Relative, Partner or Friend [back to top]
Mental Health Policies, a Historical Overview [back to top]
Iris the Dragon Series Launches New Children's Book on Social Anxiety [back to top]
New Book on Immigrant Women's Mental Health [back to top]
Mental Health Commission to Create National Charity [back to top]
BUILT Employment Program Receives $1Million to Provide Skills Training [back to top]
Ottawa Boosts Military Operational Stress Support Program [back to top]
Vancouver to Get New ACT Teams as Part of National Anti-Drug Strategy [back to top]
BC Government Introduces New E-health Privacy Legislation [back to top]
Nelson Community Receives $65,000 for Homeless Outreach Program [back to top]
Port Coquitlam Approves a New 10-Bed Residence for Mentally Ill [back to top]
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Enters into Force [back to top]
Transforming Lives Award [back to top]
Eli Lily Accepting Nominations for Reintegration Awards – Deadline June 23 [back to top]
Moving Lives Forward Scholarship – Deadline June 30 [back to top]
Campbell River Crisis Line Recruiting Volunteers [back to top]
UBC Study Seeks People with a Mood Disorder [back to top]
Online Survey Seeking People with Bipolar Disorder [back to top]
Graduate Student Paper Competition Calls for Submissions [back to top]
Vital Signs Wellness and Livability Survey for Metro Vancouver [back to top]
Movie Mondays in Victoria [back to top]
The Best Place on Earth Art Show – June 1 - 30 [back to top]
Comedy Courage Benefit Concert, New Westminster – June 20 [back to top]
Wellness Series for Family Caregivers of Seniors in Burnaby - Begins June 26 [back to top]
Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Therapy Seminar – June 27 [back to top]
Reach Out Youth Concert Tour Comes to Northern BC – September 24 – October 4 [back to top]
Mental Health Works Workshops for Workplaces [back to top]
Write from the Heart – A Writing Course for Consumers [back to top]
Free Workshops for Caregivers [back to top]
Jessie's Hope Society Trainer Prevention Program – Begins June 19 [back to top]
Leading and Succeeding: Keeping Pace with the Changing Healthcare Force – June 23 + 24 [back to top]
Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice – July 12 - 15 [back to top]
CMHA National Conference, Nova Scotia – August 22 + 23 [back to top]
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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division is a provincial non-profit charitable organization which has, for the past 50 years in BC, been concerned with promoting the mental health of all British Columbians and changing the way we view and treat mental illness in BC. We are part of a national association with over 80 years of experience in Canada. CMHA staff and volunteers focus on four major responsibilities: policy, public education, community-based research, and mental health service and support resources. We are located at: 1200-1111 Melville St., Vancouver BC, V6E 3V6 Phone: 604-688-3234 or 1-800-555-8222 (free within BC); Fax: 604-688-3236.