Saturday, 3 May 2008
The Canadian Society for Social Development is offering two online courses, one on web design and the other on business education for people with disabilities, aboriginals, youth, the unemployed and individuals living in rural areas who are interested in self-employment. Business Abilities is a 1-year full-time course on entrepreneurial skills, business plan writing and researching financial opportunities. Web Design Training is a 6-month full-time web development practicum. Support is available throughout each course through coaching and peer networking by text message, email, and telephone. Tuition is available through Human Resources and Social development Canada or Service Canada. For eligibility and program info visit www.cssd-web.org.
The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque are proud to celebrate the 5th Annual Frames of Mind Film Festival. This series of contemporary films and moderated panel discussions is aimed at developing public awareness around issues of mental health and illness. Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver (near Davie). Tickets: Adult: $9.50; Seniors/Students: $8.00. For details and showtimes, visit www.cinematheque.bc.ca.
May 8 – A Summer in the Cage
May 9 – To Love Someone
May 10 – Crash Landing & Mad Detective
May 11 – The Devil Plays Hardball
Eli Lily Canada, BC Schizophrenia Society and the Mood Disorders Association of BC are offering the Moving Lives Forward Scholarship to help people with a severe and persistent mental illness: bipolar, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, reintegrate into society. They offer financial assistance for both academic and vocational opportunities in which students can work to acquire the training necessary to secure a meaningful job. The scholarships are worth $1500 and $750, and can go towards a wide variety of programs. See www.bcss.org for more information.
>> CMHA BC also offers education bursaries through the Lorne Fraser Education Fund. Stay tuned for a list of the 2008 winners this summer.
"Dare to Imagine: From Lunatics to Citizens", is a chronicle of consumers’ struggle against the mental health system throughout the 185 years in New Brunswick. The book is written by Eugene LeBlanc and Neree St-Armand of Our Voice, a mental health magazine featuring consumer articles, poetry and humor. The book is around 300 pages long and is available in both English and French. Cost: $25 minimum donation by cash, check or money order. Send all inquiries to Our Voice/Notre Voix, P.O. Box 29004, Moncton, MB, E1G 4R3, Canada.
Courage to Come Back Winner, Debbie Sesula
|Congratulations to longstanding CMHA volunteer and Past President of CMHA White Rock Branch, Debbie Sesula, who has been named as the 2008 Courage To Come Back Award recipient in the Mental Health category. Each year, Coast Mental Health honours six people for their courage to overcome and recover from illness, injury or adversity. Debbie will receive her award May 8, at a gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.|
Debbie first began suffering frightening symptoms while nearing completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. A very outgoing and bubbly person, she became withdrawn, depressed and scared, obsessed with ending her life. Struggling daily to complete her education and "be normal" Debbie began to inflict tiny scratches on herself to ease her emotional pain. Good days were followed by bad days – she found herself losing touch with reality, once hearing cars telling her to end her life. Finally, she attempted suicide. A year-long cycle of hospitalization, medication, release, re-hospitalization, and new medications began. Debbie decided to fight the illness, the depression anxiety and psychosis, and refused to give in. She challenged all her symptoms one by one and graduated with her degree.
The fight was far from over. Debbie would land a job, only to quit it, convinced the staff were "after her." She enrolled in an employment program and learned computer skills, all the while increasing her self-harming. Eventually, through the help of a counselor, Debbie gained control over her self harm. She learned new ways to cope with her feelings, to challenge her thoughts, and gradually gained control over mental illness instead of letting it control her. She obtained her Reality Therapy Certification and later developed a program to teach others how to take control of their own recovery – a program that has been consistently running, with a waiting list, since 2002. "I am extremely grateful to Coast for recognizing the positive aspects and contributions of people facing adversities," Debbie says. To others who are struggling, "Don’t give up on yourself. There is help, there is hope – reach out!"
Debbie has overcome her illness with flying colours and stands as a beacon of hope to others facing similar struggles. She is currently the Coordinator of the Peer Support Programs at Vancouver Community Mental Health Services and Fraser South Health; Provincial Coordinator of BRIDGES Support and Education Program through BC Schizophrenia Society; a WRAP recovery-oriented program Facilitator; and she teaches Consumers In Action, a leadership skills training program. If that were not enough, Debbie was recently accepted into the Masters in Leadership program at Royal Roads University.
Photo credit: Jason Payne, The Province
For more on Debbie's remarkable journey, read "How to battle a broken brain," at www.canada.com.
To learn more about the Courage to Come Back Awards, visit www.coastmentalhealth.com.
Movies and Psychiatry: The Depiction of Mental Illness in Film - May 5
Dr. Karlinsky, psychiatrist, will provide a historical overview of the depiction of mental health issues within the world of cinema. Using film and video clips he will also explore how the practice of psychiatry can be influenced by concepts first introduced in popular movies. Dr. Harry Karlinsky is a Clinical Professor at the UBC Dept of Psychiatry, and founding Director of Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series and Festival. This multimedia event is presented in partnership by CMHA Simon Fraser <http://www.cmha-sf.bc.ca/> , Fraser Health, Douglas College Dept of Psychology, SFU Counseling Services, Mood Disorders Association and BC Schizophrenia Society. Room 2201, Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New West, 7pm-8:30pm. Call 604-523-1072 for more information.
Free Seminar - Up to Date: Substance Use and Related Harm in BC - May 6
This free public seminar, presented by Centre for Addictions Research of BC, will present the latest data from the BC Alcohol and Other Drug Monitoring System, a multi-level collaborative project which reports patterns of substance use (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) and related harms across BC. This event will take place at SFU Harbor Centre from 8:30-12:30pm. FREE. For more information, including a list of presenters, and to register visit www.carbc.ca <http://carbc.ca/portals/0/aodmonitoringproject/SF%20Symposium%20Flyer.pdf> .
Teen Suicide: Awareness and Prevention Lecture - May 7
As a 'survivor' of her son's untimely death, Jude Platzer tells the story of losing her beloved teenage son, Josh, his battle with depression and his subsequent suicide. She recounts the life changing effects that suicide brings not only to immediate family members but to all relationships in the surrounding community. The presentation features a docudrama interspersed with professional insights, through which families can learn to recognize the warning signs of a crisis. Presented by CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch <outbind://10-00000000E7144F2E773065468DD2C25B9F98C3B3647D3A00/northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca> . 2nd floor, John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, (between Chesterfield and Lonsdale Avenues), 7pm. Admission by donation.
Free Film Screening - Not Just a Bad Day: Living with Bipolar Disorder - May 7 This Mental Health Week event features information tables and a post- screening discussion with Dr. Paul Termansen, Gillian Hrankowski (Director), and people living with bipolar disorder. Presented by CMHA Richmond Branch <http://www.cmha-rmd.com/> , Richmond Mental Health Services and Richmond Mental Health Consumer & Friends Society. Doors open/light refreshments at 7pm, film screening (no late seating) at 7:30pm. Ralph Fisher Auditorium,Richmond Hospital, 7000 Westminster Hwy, Richmond. FREE. No registration required. Free parking in the gravel lot off Westminster Hwy.
Work/Like Balance Workshop - May 7 CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch <http://vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca/> is presenting a work/life balance workshop for the public from 7pm to 9:30pm at the Alan Emmott Centre, 6650 Southoaks Crescent (near Kingsway and Sperling), Burnaby. $10 at the door. Limited space. Refreshments at break (no meal). Contact 604-872-4902 for details.
5th Annual Frames of Mind Film Festival - May 8-11
The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque are proud to celebrate the 5th Annual Frames of Mind Film Festival. This series of contemporary films and moderated panel discussions is aimed at developing public awareness around issues of mental health and illness. Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver (near Davie). Tickets: Adult: $9.50; Seniors/Students: $8.00. For details and showtimes, visit www.cinematheque.bc.ca <http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/framesofmind/index.html> .
May 8 - A Summer in the Cage
May 9 - To Love Someone
May 10 - Crash Landing & Mad Detective
May 11 - The Devil Plays Hardball
Frames of Mind Film Festival Cantonese film Screening of Mad Detective - May 10
Hotshot Regional Crime Unit Inspector Ho is in charge of the serial murder investigation-a case he has been unable to solve for over 18 months. Ho knows his last chance at cracking the case is to ask for help from his mentor and former boss Bun, who was recognized as a preternaturally gifted criminal profiler until he went mad several years ago. Film screening in Cantonese with English subtitles, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Hiram Mok, a Clinical Associate Professor with the UBC Department of Psychiatry. Co-sponsored by CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch <http://vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca/> , UBC Cross-Cultural Psychiatry Program and SUCCESS. Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver (near Davie), 7:30 pm. Tickets: Adult: $9.50; Seniors/Students: $8.00. For details visit www.cinematheque.bc.ca <http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/framesofmind/index.html> .
Responding with Respect: Co-occuring Disorders Workshop - May 10
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch <http://vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca/> is presenting a special preview of the new Responding with Respect Co-occurring Disorders Workshop. From 9am to 5pm at St John's Ambulance, 6111 Cambie Street, Vancouver, $20 to attend (lunch not provided). Limited space available. For more information, or to register call 604-872-4902.
Mental Illness First Aid Course for the Public - May 15 - June 5
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch <http://vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca/> is presenting a course for the public to help gain a better understanding of mental illness and the basic skills and knowledge to deal with specific situations. The course takes place over 4 Thursdays from 6pm-9pm at CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch, 175 West Broadway, Vancouver. For more information, or to register call 604-872-4902.
End Homelessness Now Forum - May 22
The Homelessness & Mental Health Action Group of St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church presents the End Homelessness NOW Forum. Representatives from Calgary will share how, with a $100,000 donation, they began in January 2007 to end homelessness in Calgary. In one year, by January 2008, they announced a comprehensive 10-Year Plan to end homelessness in Calgary by 2018, and the appointment of a Citizen's Commission to oversee and implement the Plan and be accountable to the public. CMHA BC Division <http://www.cmha.bc.ca/> is a sponsor for the event. At St. Andrew's-Wesley Church on at 7pm (doors open 6:30). Visit www.endhomelessnessnow.ca <http://www.endhomelessnessnow.ca/> for details. Nominate a local hero! Individuals, agencies, groups and programs can be nominated in the areas of prevention services, rapid re-housing, subsidized housing with clinical/community supports, needs-based planning, community action, and philanthropy.The deadline for nominations is May 9. Contact email@example.com for more details.
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Online Courses for People with Disabilities - Business Education and Web Design
The Canadian Society for Social Development is offering two online courses, one on web design and the other on business education for people with disabilities, aboriginals, youth, the unemployed and individuals living in rural areas who are interested in self-employment. Business Abilities is a 1-year full-time course on entrepreneurial skills, business plan writing and researching financial opportunities. Web Design Training is a 6-month full-time web development practicum. Support is available throughout each course through coaching and peer networking by text message, email, and telephone. Tuition is available through Human Resources and Social development Canada or Service Canada. For eligibility and program info visit www.cssd-web.org <http://www.cssd-web.org/> .
Home Ownership for People with Disabilities Workshop - May 24
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) presents Home Is Where The Heart Is - a full day workshop exploring housing options and supports for people with disabilities. Cost: $60 per person or couple, includes lunch. From 10am - 4pm at Semiahmoo House Society, 15306 24th Ave, Surrey. Call PLAN at 604-439-9566 to register or for more information, or go to www.plan.ca <http://www.plan.ca/ezines/homeiswheretheheartis.htm> .
Working with Aggressive and Violent Children & Youth - May 26, 27 & 28
In this seminar, aggression's deep developmental roots will be exposed and the reasons why conventional approaches to the problem are so ineffective will be revealed. Dr. Neufeld will provide guidelines and strategies for addressing the roots of the aggression problem that will be applicable across ages and venues. The event will be held at Kwantlen College located at 8771 Lansdowne Rd. Cost: $445 Individual Enrollment, $425 Group: 3-7 registrants, $405 Group: 8 + registrants, $370 Full-Time Student Rate. $20 off for early bird registration. See www.jackhirose.com <http://www.jackhirose.com/> .
Nature and Nurture: The Relational Brain - May 23
Neuroscience increasingly documents the importance of relationships for how the human brain has evolved and how it functions. This conference will describe how the brain organizes itself through its interaction with the most important people in its relationship system and will examine the implications of this knowledge for the practice of family therapy. The conference will take place at the Douglas College New Westminster Campus located at 700 Royal Avenue. Cost: $219 member, $249 non-member, $130 student. For more information see www.livingsystems.ca <http://www.livingsystems.ca/> .
2008 Western Regional International Health Conference - May 23 - 25
Simon Fraser University's Global Health Program and the Centre for International Health at the University of British Columbia are presenting The 2008 Western Regional International Health Conference. This is a multidisciplinary conference for faculty, students, and community members across disciplines such as medicine, health, education, advocacy, global health, development, and international service. Topics include Mental Health in the Global Perspective. The conference will be held in SFU main campus in Burnaby. Cost: $80, $45 full-time students. For more information and registration visit www.sfu.ca/wrihc2008 <http://www.sfu.ca/wrihc2008/Site/Home.html> .
Mindscapes Conference and Art Exhibit - May 30-31: Conference, June 2-16: Art Exhibit
This conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for creative expression in dementia care, bringing together academic research and practical knowledge through collaboration between the medical profession and the creative arts. The conference will be followed by an art exhibit of paintings by seniors with dementia at the Emily Carr Institute. The exhibit is open to the public and admission is by donation. Conference cost: $180/one day, $325/two days, $50/dinner and concert. To register visit www.cecd-society.org <http://www.cecd-society.org/> .
Congress of Canadian Psychoanalytic Society - June 6-8
The Canadian Psychoanalytic Society is an association of psychoanalysts engaged in the development and advancement of clinical psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic in Canada. This year, their conference will address such diverse topics as Contemporary Research on Ethnocentric Prejudice, Mentalisation & the Psychoanalytic Treatment, Mutual analysis and others in Workshop and discussion format. Cost: $210 before May 15, $250 after May 15. For more information, or to register, call 514.738.6105, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.psychoanalysis.ca <http://www.psychoanalysis.ca/main.asp?P=214U1CCPSU1> .
Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice - July 12-15
This conference will examine the citizenship and human rights of people in psychiatric care through the lens of legislation including commitment procedures, mandatory community treatment, deinstitutionalization and privatization, activism and anti-psychiatry resistance. The conference will follow a multi-media format, presenting speaker sessions, a public screening and of the landmark documentary Titicut Follies with its world-renowned director Frederick Wiseman in attendance and a culture night featuring stand-up comedy and a play. The conference will take place at SFU Harbour Centre. Cost: $100 regular delegates, $40 non-SFU Students, seniors, disabled and unwaged, free for SFU students. For more information visit www.sfu.ca <http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/index.htm> .
A dream took me away
from the present moment
I brought me back
to a time I love to remember
My friend was with me
In a coffee shop
the sound of the traffic
Straining to each others’ words
What had her father done?
What was her mother like?
How had her mother died?
Questions connecting in new ways
Our brains fired up
Alas the dream was fading
the memory was dimming
Suddenly I was back
By myself in a coffee shop
A cold cup of coffee in my hand.
people giving their power away
not owning themselves
wanting someone to save them
someone to do it for them
denying the secret
which makes life worth living
and their right to live
as they see it.
not being someone else’s life
but their own
denying the work they need to do
which is sometimes hard
wanting the easy way out
denying the person
that is themselves
their own person
their own life
their own soul
when will they get it?
the power is within
The Blessing (to the Rant)
People who know the secret
who know the power is within
who toil each day
to make it better
to make others better
who have good will
and care for each other
Not always without attachments.
The Garden (Before the Fall)
Luscious and tempting
green and red
and many coloured.
the smell of apples
Mingled in delight.
Wonderful and glowing
with oozing smells
with sights and memories
Oxygen and more oxygen
Sounds of waterfalls
drumming on my ears
what more can there be?
All senses attended to
All needs (the same)
a new Earth yet very old
in our image
or God’s image
or both intertwined again
What poetry should be
Poetry should sing the song
that needs to be sung
In our hearts.
Poetry should celebrate
Our successes and our failures.
Poetry should be the prayer
our soul needs to pray
In the darkest moments
of our lives.
Poetry should remember
the happy times
as well as the sad times.
When we are trying to cling to
poetry should give us
the strength to see it through
to the other side.
When we think poetry should
It already has.