Saturday, 24 October 2009

VIWF Hot Sheet #3

Hot Sheet!
your source of writers festival wisdom
Weekend Edition

Selected Writers Festival Events with Tickets Available


58 - Polyphony | 8pm | Waterfront
Settle in at the Waterfront this evening to hear seven fine writers read from their new works. A wonderful way to sample some great reads!


62 - Out There, Right Here | 1:30pm | Waterfront
For those looking for a taste of the outrageous! Bare-knuckled bouts with the devil, psychic UFO-chasers and more!

64 - The Afternoon Tea | 3:30pm | Performance Works
Tea and tales from a diverse selection of Festival authors.

65 - emerge | 4pm | Waterfront
Hear from the new voices of Vancouver's literary scene at the launch of the annual anthology from SFU's Writers' Studio.

At time of printing, tickets are also available for Events 52, 60.

To purchase tickets for any Writers Festival event, visit our office (1398 Cartwright Street) or contact Vancouver Tix at 604-629-8849 or Day of tickets are available at the door.

Can't bear a whole year without the Writers Festival?

We're back for An Evening with David Sedaris (November 1 at 7pm at The Centre). Back in Vancouver by popular demand, David Sedaris will read selections from his latest work including never before published stories. Tickets available through Ticketmaster ( or 604-280-3311) - use the code "writers" to help support the Writers Festival!

And, when wordsmiths and musicians hit the stage for Spoken World (February 18 at 7:30pm at Performance Works), get ready for an evening of sensory overload. Sal Ferreras, his chameleonic band Poetic License, and VJ Candelario Andrade make the magic happen with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece in a literary evening that shifts beyond words and music into a brave new artistic realm. Tickets available through Vancouver Tix by phoning 604-629-8849 or online at

Looking for a great place to relax between events?
Check out the AGRO Café at 1398 Railspur Alley for a fresh cup of free trade coffee. Or,
The Granville Island Market, open 7am-7pm every day, provides endless options for a light snack or delicious meal.

The Vancouver International Writers Festival would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, and donors who helped make the Festival possible.

VIWF Hot Sheet #2

Hot Sheet!
your source of writers festival wisdom
Thursday/Friday Edition

Selected Writers Festival Events with Tickets Available


37 - The Tightrope | 10am | Granville Island (GI) Stage
A morning of exuberant envelope-pushing from convention-defying authors.

39 - Family Fugue | 10am | Performance Works
Three ambitious and accomplished novelists paint on the large canvas of family relationships over generations.

43 - Lurk | 1pm | Revue Theatre
Come hear three novelists - Sarah Waters, Anne DeGrace and Tim Wynne-Jones - whose latest works will more than satisfy your need for chills!


49 - Thriller | 10:30am | Revue Theatre
Literary, funny, gripping, informative and thought-provoking, three thriller writers will keep you wide-eyed and entertained!

50 - Almost Fatal Attraction | 10:30am | Performance Works
An exploration of the thin line between adoration and ownership, excitement and danger. A thrilling way to begin your weekend!

53 - Crime, Not Punishment | 2pm | Revue Theatre
It's certainly no punishment to spend an afternoon with these fine crime fiction authors as they discuss the twists and turns of their crime novels!

55 - The Road Maps of Life | 2pm | Waterfront
There is no road map for self-discovery. But these authors, through their novels of journeys real and metaphorical, show us how to make the trek.

At time of printing, tickets are also available for Events 38, 41, 42, 48, 51, 52.

Looking Ahead...Writers Festival Highlights


58 - Polyphony | 8pm | Waterfront
Sample some great reads as seven fine writers read from their new works.


62 - Out There, Right Here | 1:30pm | Waterfront
For those looking for a taste of the outrageous! Bare-knuckled bouts with the devil, psychic UFO-chasers and more!

64 - The Afternoon Tea | 3:30pm | Performance Works
Tea and tales from a diverse selection of Festival authors.

65 - emerge | 4pm | Waterfront
Hear from the new voices of Vancouver's literary scene at the launch of the annual anthology from SFU's Writers' Studio.

66 - Peter Mansbridge | 8pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Peter Mansbridge, CBC's Chief Correspondent, delivers this year's Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture.

Other Events on Granville Island This Week

Open Mic Night! | 6:30pm | AGRO CAFÉ
1363 Railspur Alley, Granville Island
Two Literary Nights - Friday and Saturday (October 23rd and 24th)
Your chance to share your writing with Vancouver's literary community!
Open mic sign up at 6pm. Free admission.

To purchase tickets for any Writers Festival event, visit our office (1398 Cartwright St) or contact Vancouver Tix at 604-629-8849 or Day of tickets are available at the door.


Please join us at our
2009 CMHA Participants Forum
Tuesday November 3, 2009

Everyone welcome

This is an opportunity for individuals living with mental illness, family
members and professionals to engage is dialogue and share ideas about how we can each be involved in fighting the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

A 2-hour forum with speakers and plenty of opportunity for participant feedback and idea sharing.
With Complimentary Snacks and Beverages

Wayne Cho Who from May 2008 to June 2009 ran across Canada to raise awareness of anxiety and depression.
Andrew Kellett Fraser Health Peer Mental Health Advocate
Hosted by the CMHA VB Participant's Advisory Committee

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 — 7:00 pm — 9: 00 pm

Multi-Media Room
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver BC Right off the new Canada Sky Train Line

Please RSVP by November 2, 2009<>


604-682-3269 ext. 8479

Vancouver Richmond BCSS Message

(Mailing list information, including unsubscription instructions, is located at the end of this message.)

Hello Everyone!

Autumn is here, and people seem to have moved into their busy fall schedule- I will mention some upcoming activities to you and hope you will be able to attend some of them.


Last minute notice! If you are interested in attending, please call 604-708-5224 or email<> immediately as it is from 12:30 - 2 pm tomorrow. Check to see if there is still space. Held at Raven Song, 2450 Ontario Streeet. Light lunch served.


BC Mental Health and Addictions is sponsoring an event to promote their community based research in mental health and addictions. The evening includes short talks and a panel- some of the participants are Victoria Maxwell, Dr. Elana Brief, Dr. Erin Michalak, and Dr. Amy Salmon. Event is held at Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova Street, from 7 - 9 pm.


Consider yourself invited to attend our monthly support group for family members and friends of those living with a mental illness. We meet at Raven Song, 2450 Ontario Street, in the Partnership Room, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. We'd love to meet you and offer our collective support and encouragement at whatever point you are at, in your journey in understanding the many dimensions of mental illness and its impact on you and your loved ones.


Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House is sponsoring this forum. There will be five speakers on the panel and they will present their perspective on where mental health policy should be headed as we approach the second decade of the new millennium. Event is held at St Margaret's Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 East 22nd Avenue, from 7 - 8:30 pm. Free.


This special event is brought to you by Richmond Mental Health Family Member Advocate, Linda Burchill. It's a workshop/lecture on the things you need to do to keep your brain healthy and functioning optimally throughout your life.

 Gary Anaka, author of "Your Brain Wellness: The Secrets of Longevity" and "The Magical Brain- How it Learns Best" is the keynote speaker. Gary has over  34 years of teaching experience in the regular classroom as well as in learning assistance. He presents ideas from the field of Applied Educational Neuroscience. Linda reports that his presentation is informative, lively and fun filled.  It's being held at the Lecture Hall of the Minoru Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, from  7- 9 pm. Tickets: $15


Celebrate Health Literacy Month by visiting this fabulous resource at their Open House from 2 - 4:30 pm. Location is the Mental Health Building (Heather and 30th), Children's Hospital, 3rd floor, Room P3-302


Sponsored by the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, join the symposium (free) from 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. for presentations by Dr. Erin Michalak, Dr. William Honer, Catriona Hippman, and Dr. Ric Procyshyn. Presentations include interesting topics such as: stories of self managment strategies from people living with bipolar disorder, brain plasticity in psychosis, connection between genes and your mental health, and a report on why people with schizophrenia smoke more. Location: BC Children's Hospital, Chan Centre, 4500 Oak St.

I wish I could summarize all of the upcoming activities and special events that cross my desk but I hope this list will tempt you to participate in one or all of these offerings. It's empowering to increase our knowledge of mental health issues and to meet others with the same interests and concerns.

In closing this newsletter update, I would like to remind you that I enjoy hearing from you, either by phone; 604-247-1884 (usually best to leave a voice mail message that I can reply to) or by email: lproudfoot We can also meet for coffee if you would prefer.

I sincerely hope you are taking care of yourself, taking the time to recharge your batteries and to remind yourself that your health and happiness is an important step in developing your resilience and coping skills.


Linda Proudfoot

Van/Richmond Coordinator

CIF committee member wanted



The Consumer Initiative Fund was established in 1995 to promote dignity and self-determination for Consumers of the mental health system.

Duties Include:

v    Ongoing liaison work via phone and/or email, and meetings with Project Managers.
v    Modeling individual recovery and wellness.
v    Participation in CIF events.
v    Participation in weekly Committee meetings.
v    Review proposals and criteria for potential projects.
v    Review VCMHS Policy and Procedure documents.
v    Monitor development and implementation of projects.
v    Facilitate evaluations of projects.
v    Advocate for continued opportunities for Consumer driven programs.

Terms of service:

v    2 years of service with an additional 2 years after review.

Preference given to Consumers with previous committee or group work experience and a commitment to self-education and community outreach.


v    $220.00 per month -  Consumer contract

Submit resume and 2 letters of reference to:

Merle Ginsburg, Program Coordinator
Consumer Initiative Fund
#200 – 520 W.6th Ave.
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H5
 604-708-5317(tel.)  604-874-7661 (fax)

Closing: November 10, 2009

RDSP event

Vancouver Coastal Health invites you to a seminar on the


The Registered Disabilities Saving Plan*

Presenter – Sandy Addison

Disabilities Advocate & Financial professional will explain how you, your family and friends can help plan for the future. Come and get your questions answered.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Vancouver General Hospital
Paetzold Multi-purpose Room
899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

*The  Federal & Provincial Governments have created a savings plan which includes an endowment and grants that benefits and secure the future of individuals living with a disability who qualify for the Disability Tax Credit

RSVP to:<>
Or (604) 708-5224

eVisions-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

e-Visions-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Vol. 6 | No. 1 | 2009

Online Table of Contents and PDFs:


Editor's Message
--Sarah Hamid-Balma
Sarah reflects on her own experiences with CBT and wonders why so many people can't take advantage of this cheap, effective and side effect-free treatment option.
The Time is Now: Let's improve access to CBT services in BC
--Mark Lau
Cognitive-behavioural therapy, or CBT, is a type of talk therapy that explains how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are related and affect each other. It's been shown to be as effective as medication—sometimes even more effective than medication—in treating many mental health and substance use problems. Unfortunately, it can be very hard to access CBT services.
CBT in Practice: Part science, part art
--Michelle Patterson
If you think that things will never work out for you, you might not try new things or new opportunities. This can make you feel even worse. Michelle explains the science of the "vicious circle" of thoughts, feeling and behaviours and the art of engaging clients in CBT treatment.
 CBT: What is it?
--Nichole Fairbrother
 CBT can be used to treat many different problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, substance use problems and sleep disorders. The "ingredients" of therapy might be a little different depending on the type of problem, but there are many common features in CBT treatment.

Experiences and Perspectives

Conversations with Myself
--Danielle Raymond
An eating disorder left Danielle tired, hungry and afraid. With the help of her CBT skills, she's fighting back and regaining control of her life.
 From Pain to PTSD: Running the gamut of CBT
--Lynda Marie Neilson
Today, Lynda can walk more often on busy streets. She volunteers and is working to finish her degree. But it took a lot of hard work to get there. Follow her journey from CBT treatment for pain management to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
When Life's Demands Take Their Toll: Changeways for depression
--Pat Merrett
Joe realized that he needed more than medication to help him cope with depression. His wife and doctor suggested Changeways, a CBT-based program for people with depression. But Joe wasn't sure if therapy would help—or if he could even get into the program.

Alternatives and Approaches

The LEAF Program: Peer-led group CBT
--Shelly Jones
LEAF (Living Effectively with Anxiety and Fear) is a program for people with panic disorder. It's led by people who've used CBT to help overcome their own anxiety disorders. As LEAF leader Shelly explains, helping others use CBT is beneficial for participants and leaders alike.
The Congitive Behavioural Approach to Treating Individuals with Eating Disorders
--Ron Manley
If a passenger on the bus looks at you, would you assume that they're judging you and think you "fat," or would you think that they might be admiring you? One of the goals of CBT for eating disorders is to help clients recognize these automatic thoughts and see how unrealistic these thoughts can be.
Metacognitive Training: Influencing schizophrenia treatment worldwide
--Todd Woodward
Metacognitive training, or MCT, teaches people with schizophrenia and psychosis to "think about their thinking." By recognizing thinking distortions, you can work to control delusional thoughts and even help prevent psychotic breakdown. 
CBT for Children and Youth in BC
--Gayle Read
About one in seven children and youth in BC have a mental illness, so it's important that they can access services that work. Find out how the Ministry of Children and Family Development is helping young people from across the province get CBT.
CBT: Does it work well with the Chinese Population in Vancouver?
--Mary Kam and Kelly Ng
 The Chinese character for "tolerate" looks like a knife over the heart: if we tolerate too much, the knife can stab at our heart and lead to depression. But we can take away the knife by learning positive coping skills. This is just one example of how SUCCESS, a service agency, modified a CBT-based depression program for Chinese clients.

Regional Programs

CBT for Adults with Mental Health Problems: Working to improve access in BC
--Jamie Livingston, Mark Lau, Dolores Escudero, Eric Ochs, Gayle Read, Pam Whiting, Maureen Whittal and Chris Wilson
Medication is often the only choice for people with mental health problems because there aren't enough trained CBT practitioners in the province. Unfortunately, this also means that mental health problems in people who can't take medication or don't want to take medication may be left untreated. The BC CBT Network is working to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of CBT services across the province.
Help with Mild to Moderate Depression: CBT-based self-management options
--Dan Bilsker
Mood self-management teaches you skills to manage your own moods. When a BC psychologist realized that people with mild to moderate depression weren't receiving this through the mental health system, he worked to create self-management workbooks that anyone could use. 
Taming Worry Dragons: Helping children and adolescents cope with anxiety
--Jane Garland and Noel Gregorowski
 Worries and anxiety dragons sometimes boss children around, but children can learn to use their imaginations to fight back. A dragon tamer in training might learn how to lock their worries in a jar and put it on a shelf, or learn how their bravery can help them face feared situations. Taming Worry Dragons is a fun and imaginative program, using books and groups, to help children (and parents) understand and cope with anxiety.
Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health
--Kimberley McEwan
Research shows that CBT doesn't have to be delivered by a psychologist for people with mild-to-moderate depression or anxiety: self-help and guided self-help may be just as effective. Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health is a free, CBT-based self-help and guided self-help program that's helping thousands of British Columbians cope with depression and anxiety.

What is eVisions?

You asked and we answered. Visions, BC's award-winning mental health and addictions journal is now just a click away! Visions is a forum for the many voices of people who care about mental health, mental illness and substance use issues. Each edition looks in-depth at a different theme and features articles by people living with mental illnesses and/or addictions and their families, mental health and addiction professionals and other concerned citizens. It is written for the mental health and addictions community, by the mental health and addictions community and now it can be delivered straight to your inbox, a week before it hits the press.
Four times a year you'll receive an eVisions newsletter with brief summaries of each article in the issue—so you can better choose which articles interest you—with links to the full HTML article online. Read only what you want, when you want. Share it easily with others. No PDF readers needed. Best of all, eVisions is free!
Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal is produced by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, and funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. The project is coordinated by the Canadian Mental Health Association's BC Division.

Get a print copy of Visions

Like Visions enough that you want your own print copy? One free copy is sent to every publicly-funded or nonprofit mental health or addictions provider. If you don't currently see Visions, email or call 1-800-661-2121 to enquire about a free subscription. Otherwise, subscriptions are $25 Cdn a year for 4 issues.

Write for or respond to Visions

NEW ARTICLES: We always welcome new voices and perspectives from across BC. Check out our writers' guidelines at or contact Stephanie Wilson at or 1-800-555-8222 ext. 231 with your story idea. 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: If you want to respond briefly to something you've read, email us at

More about us

Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal is an award-winning, policy-to-practice magazine of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
The BC Partners is a group of provincial mental health and addictions agencies in BC including the Anxiety Disorders Association of BC, BC Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Mental Health Association's BC Division, Centre for Addiction Research of BC at UVic, FORCE Society for Kids' Mental Health Care, Jessie's Hope Society, and Mood Disorders Association of BC. Our reason for coming together is that we recognize that a number of groups need to have access to accurate, standard and timely information on mental health, mental disorders and addictions, including information on evidence-based services, supports and self-management.

The BC Partners and Visions Journal are funded by BC Mental Health & Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. More than 15,000 people read the hard copy of the journal and thousands more access it online at Visions is available free to any resident of BC such as people with mental illness or addiction issues, their friends and family, members of the BC Partners member agencies, mental health and addictions services providers (one per address), MLAs, other concerned citizen groups, libraries, academics and policy-makers.


 Simply visit to subscribe and hit the e-Visions button to mana ge your subscription. Email are only collected and used for the purpose of delivering e-Visions and for no other purpose.

VIWF Hot Sheet #1

Our apologies for sending out the coded version of the Hot Sheet yesterday. Hopefully this version is much more legible. - The VIWF

Hot Sheet #1!
your source of writers festival wisdom
Tuesday/Wednesday Edition

Selected Writers Festival Events with Tickets Available


17 - Le bien l'emporte sur le mal | 13 h | Waterfront

Des mondes imaginaires et intemporels donnant lieu à des prophéties, des quêtes et des luttes pour vaincre les forces du mal s'articulent autour des deux séries de livres : La série Darhan écrite par Sylvain Hotte et la saga d' Elaine Arsenault, L'or des Gitans.

20 - Living With Death | 8pm | Waterfront
Lisa Moore, Debra Adelaide and Bonnie Burnard discuss death, dying, life after death and the necessity of embracing the one sure thing in life.


24 - Some Words on Film | 10am | Performance Works
How do novelists approach writing for the screen, or how do screenwriters work to create a story without pictures? This event features two storytellers who work with both forms.

25 - La vraie vie ou l'imaginaire? | 10 h | Waterfront
Le monde décrit par Elaine Arsenault comporte une étrange prophétie, un sorcier affreux, de dangereux pirates, un cheval au grand coeur-et de solides amitiés. Le monde dont François Barcelo parle-familles, grands-parents, ados-peut ressembler plus concrètement à nos propres vies.

28 - Du 13E siècle à aujourd'hui - en 90 minutes | 13 h | Revue Theatre
Il y a de nombreuses façons d'être courageux.  Les personnages des livres de François Barcelo et de Sylvain Hotte, dont l'histoire se déroule au 13e siècle en Mongolie et au 21e siècle au Canada, sont courageux de diverses autres façons.

At time of printing, tickets are also available for Events 16, 23, 24, 25.

Looking Ahead...Writers Festival Highlights


37 - The Tightrope | 10am | Granville Island (GI) Stage
A morning of exuberant envelope-pushing from convention-defying authors.

42 - Building Blocks, Starting Blocks | 1pm | GI Stage
Four writers, including Joseph Boyden, talk about weaving the elements of fiction into a creative work.


50 - Almost Fatal Attraction | 10:30am | Performance Works
An exploration of the thin line between adoration and ownership, excitement and danger. A thrilling way to begin your weekend!

58 - Polyphony | 8pm | Waterfront
Sample some great reads as seven fine writers read from their new works.


64 - The Afternoon Tea | 3:30pm | Performance Works
Tea and tales from a diverse selection of Festival authors.

66 - Peter Mansbridge | 8pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Peter Mansbridge, CBC's Chief Correspondent, delivers this year's Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture.

Other Events on Granville Island This Week

Open Mic Night! | 6:30pm | AGRO CAFÉ
Two Literary Nights - Friday and Saturday (October 23rd and 24th)
Your chance to share your writing with Vancouver's literary community!
Open mic sign up at 6pm.

To purchase tickets for any Writers Festival event, visit our office (1398 Cartwright Street) or contact Vancouver Tix at 604-629-8849 or Day of tickets are available at the door.

Fwd: [thinkingandlinking] info on women and depression

Please disregard the previous email re: online survey. It has expired. See below, FYI


The POWER Study is producing a two-volume Women's Health Report to serve
as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers in
their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities among
Ontario women.

In the Depression chapter, the patterns of depression care in the
province and how these vary by sex, income and geography are presented.

A set of evidence-based indicators, based on the continuum of depression
care are reported at the provincial and Local Health Integration Network

(LHIN) levels. Indicators included background measures of the need for,
use and supply of mental health care services, and indicators of primary
and specialty outpatient care and acute and specialty inpatient care
including measures of transition back to into the community after a
hospital stay for depression. Download the Depression chapter at

The Depression Chapter Highlights document, which outlines the chapter's
key findings and recommendations, is also available in French at

Also available for download from :

Chapter 1, Introduction to the POWER Study, Chapter 2, The POWER Study
Framework, Chapter 3, Burden of Illness, Chapter 4, Cancer and
accompanying highlights documents in English and French
( Chapters on Cardiovascular
Disease and Access to Health Care Services are forthcoming.

The POWER Study is funded by Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario,
an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This report does
not necessarily reflect the views of Echo or the Ministry. We welcome
your thoughts and feedback on the Report.

Arlene S. Bierman, MD. MS
Echo's OWHC Chair in Women's Health University of Toronto and St
Michael's Hospital


Fwd: FW: Invitation from Mental Health Commission of Canada

Subject: Invitation from Mental Health Commission of Canada

EN Into the Light
La version française suit ci-dessous

Transforming  Mental Health in Canada

 November 29 - December 1, 2009


The Mental Health Commission of Canada

in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and Simon Fraser University
 is pleased to announce a national event


REGISTER NOW and join us in Vancouver!
November 29-December 1, 2009

Join your friends and colleagues in Vancouver for this important conference that promises to provide critical information and the opportunity for extensive discussion surrounding issues of mental health reform and the work of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

LEARN about and engage in discussions with the Homelessness Research Team and the world's largest public health research initiative on mental health and homelessness.  Hear Dr. Sam Tsemberis a leading researcher and voice on "housing first" homelessness initiatives.

HEAR about the progress in the development of the National Strategy; how substance abuse issues will integrate into the Strategy; how provinces and territories are managing mental health reform.  Plenary speakers such as Dr. Gregor Henderson from Scotland, Dr. Antonia Maioni, a constitutional expert based at McGill University, and Dr. Brian Rush from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, will share their considerable expertise.  Join in the discussions in the associated breakout sessions that will illuminate a number of specific areas of interest to the National Strategy Team.

LEARN about the Commission's anti-stigma program and projects that are underway and planned.  Dr. Claire Henderson will speak in the plenary session about the very successful "Time to Change" project in England.  Learn about the "Stand in the Light" social movement and how it will help influence change.

PARTICIPATE in breakout sessions led by leading consumer voices, researchers, members of the Commission's Advisory Committees, recognized experts and others.


ALL PLENARY sessions will be simultaneously translated together with at least five breakout sessions presented in French.

Over 100 requests for poster presentations have already been received and registrations are filling up quickly. 

New blocks of rooms have been reserved at a hotel close to the conference venue as well as at the Y which is also within walking distance and has excellent facilities.

To register, or for more information on accomodation, posters and the conference program, please visit our website at:

Register now!
Don't be disappointed

 English version is directly above


  La Commission de la santé mentale du Canada
en partenariat avec

Vancouver Coastal Health et l'Université Simon Fraser

est heureuse de vous présenter un
événement d'envergure nationale


Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et soyez des nôtres à Vancouver!
du 29 novembre au 1er décembre 2009

Retrouvez vos amis et collègues à Vancouver à l'occasion de cette importante conférence qui promet de fournir de l'information critique et l'occasion d'entreprendre des discussions approfondies sur la réforme de la santé mentale et le travail effectué par la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada.

VENEZ VOUS RENSEIGNER sur l'équipe de recherche sur l'itinérance et sur la plus vaste initiative de recherche en santé publique au monde qui traite de la santé mentale et de l'itinérance, et amorcez des discussions avec l'équipe. Venez écouter le Dr Sam Tsemberis, un chercheur réputé et le porte-parole d'initiatives à l'intention des sans-abri qui accordent la priorité au logement.

VENEZ ENTENDRE PARLER des progrès réalisés dans l'élaboration de la Stratégie nationale; de la façon dont les problèmes liés à la toxicomanie seront intégrés dans la stratégie; de la façon dont les provinces et les territoires gèrent la réforme de la santé mentale. Des conférenciers tels que le Dr Gregor Henderson de l'Écosse, la Dre Antonia Maioni, une constitutionnaliste établie à l'Université McGill, et le Dr Brian Rush du Centre de toxicomanie et de santé mentale de Toronto, vous feront profiter de leur expertise considérable. Lors des séances en petits groupes, joignez-vous aux discussions qui éclaireront plusieurs pistes particulières susceptibles d'intéresser l'équipe qui travaille à la Stratégie nationale.

VENEZ VOUS RENSEIGNER au sujet du programme et des projets anti-stigmatisation de la Commission qui sont en marche et planifiés. La Dre Claire Henderson donnera une conférence en séance plénière au sujet du projet « Time to Change » qui remporte un vif succès en Angleterre. Renseignez-vous sur le mouvement social « Stand in the Light » et sur la façon dont il influencera le changement.

PARTICIPEZ aux séances en petits groupes dirigées, entre autres, par des porte-parole des usagers, des chercheurs, des membres des comités consultatifs de la  Commission, des experts reconnus.


TOUTES LES SÉANCES PLÉNIÈRES feront l'objet d'une interprétation simultanée, de même qu'au moins cinq séances en petits groupes présentées en français.

Plus de 100 demandes de présentations par affiche ont déjà été reçues et les places disponibles pour l'inscription s'envolent rapidement. 

De nouveaux groupes de chambres ont été réservés dans un hôtel situé à proximité du lieu de la conférence, de même qu'au YMCA qui est également situé à distance de marche et dispose d'excellentes installations.

Pour plus de renseignements sur l'hébergement, le programme, les affiches, etc., et pour vous inscrire, veuillez vous rendre sur le site Web suivant :



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Mental Health Commission of Canada | 10301 Southport Lane SW, Suite 800 | Calgary | AB | T2W 1S7 | Canada

Fwd: WRAP coming to Midtown


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:   Midtown Team, 3rdFloor, 2450 Ontario St.

WHEN:            Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Dec. 16,


Space is limited so register early by calling
604-708-5274 leaving your name and phone number.

Fwd: Open Mic at Writers Festival and more

Join us! See attachments for more info or visit our website at
1001 (actually 2) Literary Nights | October 23 & 24
Read your work at one of the open mic nights at the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. 7 minute readings in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Hosted by the Federation of BC Writers. Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. 6:30-8:00 pm. Open mic signup 6:00 pm. Agro Cafe, 1363 Railspur Alley, Granville Island. Free admission.
Fed Poetry Workshop on Form | November 21, 1-4 pm
Join Fed members Sandy Shreve and Kate Braid who together edited the groundbreaking book of Canadian formal poetry, In Fine Form, to find out just what "formal poetry" is, and get your hands wet using it. Saturday, November 21, 1-4 p.m. Alliance for Arts and Culture, 100-938 Howe, Vancouver. $50 non-members; $40 members. For more information and to register.

Fwd: MDA Education Evening - November 19, 2009

   Education Evening

family self-care and
recovery from
mental illness

nicole chovil, phd

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm
Sunrise Hall, 1950 Windermere St, Vancouver

 Dr. Nicole Chovil, contributing author, will present the newly created Family Self-Care and Recovery from Mental Illness manual, a new MDA resource for the famly with self-care suggestions and information on how to transition from cargiving to supporting a relative's recovery from mental illness.
 A question and answer session will follow the talk. Admission is free.

For more information view the attached poster, or contact:
Mood Disorders Association of BC - MDA

An MDA Education Evening Event
Please forward this email and/or the attached poster to anyone you feel would be interested in attending the event.
 Print and post the attached poster in an appropriate place to inform others.

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Fwd: Book News Vol. 4 No. 47


Joseph Boyden (Through Black Spruce) will join a lineup of international literary stars -Alistair MacLeod, Amit Chaudhuri, Joan London and Elizabeth Strout - for the VIWF's Tribute to Alice Munro event on October 18 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets are available through or at the Writers Festival box office.
Event details.

David Sedaris Special Event
For post-Festival enjoyment, join David Sedaris, the man Entertainment Weekly describes as "the preeminent humorist of his generation".  Tickets are still available to the general public, but you can still do your bit for the VIWF by using the special code "writers" when you book. A portion of the ticket revenue will then come to the Festival. Call 604 280 3311 or visit
www.ticketmaster.caEvent details.

Guess the Giller!
The VIWF is pleased to partner with Scotiabank Giller Prize in the Guess the Giller contest. Select the finalist you think will win the prize to win a VIP trip for two to the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala in Toronto.


Alice Munro's Too Much Happiness, Newfoundland writer Michael Crummey's Galore and New Westminster writer Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean are among the fiction nominees for this year's Governor General's Literary Awards. Tim Wynne-Jones' novel The Uninvited has been nominated in the Children's Literature category. Winners will be announced November 17. Crummy will be appearing in events
39 and 59 at the Festival; Wynne-Jones will be appearing in events 13, 15, 22 and 43.


Geoff Pevere writes in The Star that Leon Rooke's new story collection, The Last Shot, is filled with literary magic. Rooke will be appearing in events 37, 46, and 62 at the Festival.

The Star's Barbara Carey describes Audrey Niffeneger's Her Fearful Symmetry as a deliciously dark saga of obsessive love. Niffeneger will be appearing in events 7, 19, and 34 at the Festival.

The Globe's Sarah Hampson interviews Bonnie Burnard on her latest novel Suddenly. Burnard will be appearing in events 9 and 20 at the Festival.

Herta Müller writes that there is evidence that she is still under observation, twenty years after the end of the Ceausescu regime in Romania.
Elsewhere in the Guardian, an essay on why Herta Müller matters.

A recent issue of The Guardian includes the exclusive publication of a short story by Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
And the Globe & Mail has an exclusive excerpt from Mantel's award-winning Wolf Hall.

The NY Times profiles A.S. Byatt, a novelist whose fiction comes from real lives. A great many real figures make walk-on appearances in her most recent book The Children's Book.

The Vancouver Sun profiles Sarah Waters, who will be appearing in events 43 and 54 at the Festival.

Physician/writer Kevin Patterson suggests that soldier/physician/writer Ray Wiss's FOB DOC is worth reading now and again a decade hence after the withdrawal from Afghanistan and "after second sight have done their work".

Joan Thomas describes Nicholson Baker's The Anthologist as "a meditation on poetry framed as a novel", distilling "the essence of how poets live".

Andrew Nikiforuk writes that Tim Flannery's essay Now or Never doesn't beat about the bush. Flannery, he says, wants to believe that the civilization that abolished slavery can do the same with oil and its carbon legacy. There is, however, little government leadership.

Jim Bartley finds Lynn Crymble's first novel, It Can Happen to You, funny and true.
In the Globe & Mail's Tuesday Essay, Crymble writes that the impacts of her MS make writing a perfect occupation for her.


Wade Davis
offers a gripping and enlightening account of the urgent crisis facing human cultures and the rapid extinction of languages in his new book, The Wayfinders. Thursday, October 15 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $23/$13 plus service charges. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC. More information at

Featuring live presentations, free autographs, displays, door prizes, activities, a book sale, and appearances by authors and illustrators Fiona Bayrock, Rachelle Delaney, Melanie Jackson, Oliver Neubert, Cynthia Nugent, Sheri Radford, and Gillian Richardson. Friday, October 16 at 1:30pm, free. North Vancouver City Library (120 W. 14th.).

Join Vancouver Public Library's inaugural First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence Amanda Nahanee for storytelling from her culture and history. Friday, October 16 at 3:00pm, free. Carnegie Theatre, Carnegie Branch (401 Main Street). For more information, contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Readings by Pasha Malla (The Withdrawal Method) and Chris Hutchinson (Other People's Lives). Monday, October 19 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library, Robson Square, 800 Robson Street. More information at

Author presents Hollyburn: The Mountain and the City, the first book to explore the rich and diverse history of Hollyburn. Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Readings by Susan Telfer (House Beneath) and award-winning Saskatchewan writer Anne Campbell (Soul to Touch). Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm, free. Level 3 meeting room, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia Street). Information at

Author presents her new book Pinch Me: A Long Walk from the Prairies. Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30pm, free. Meeting room, level 3, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. For more information please contact VPL - Popular Reading Library at 604-331-3691.

Launch of author's new book, Who Owns the Arctic?. Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00pm. RSVP to Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College ( 2111 Lower Mall, UBC).

The Pacific Arbour Speak Series presents Mariatu Kamara, activist and author of The Bite of the Mango, a memoir about her experiences as a war victim in Sierra Leone. Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets $12/$10. Kay Meek Centre (1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver). For more information, phone 604-913-3634.

John Sampson
and Christine Fellows, songwriters known for their literary approach to their work, will discuss with Meryn Cadell about their creative processes. Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00pm, free. RM C300, Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson St.

Reading by the author of Sisters of Heaven. Thursday, October 22 at 2:00pm, free. Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, UBC). More information at 604.827.4366.

Theo Fleury answers questions about his life and career in the NHL and signs copies of his autobiography Playing With Fire. Thursday, October 22 at 7:00pm. Chapters at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway). For more information, phone 604.431.0463.

Diana Gabaldon, Jack Whyte, Terry Brooks, Michael Slade, Meg Tilly, Richelle Mead, and Richard Scrimger read from their latest works. Thursday, October 22 at 7:00pm. Chapters Surrey (12101 72nd Ave., Surrey). For more information, phone 604.501.2877.

Read your work at one of the open mic nights at the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. 7 minute readings in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:00pm, free. Open mic signup at 6:00pm. Agro Cafe, 1363 Railspur Alley, Granville Island. Hosted by the Federation of BC Writers.

17th annual conference featuring trade show, workshops and agent interviews. October 23-25, 2009. For complete information, visit

A celebration of the fine press printing in British Columbia. Saturday, October 24 from 10am to 4pm, free. Alice MacKay room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia. For more information please contact VPL - Special Collections at 604-331-3778.


Chris Hutchinson, Joe Denham and Gillian Jerome launch new books. Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm. Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.

Reading by poet Ken Belford, author of Fireweed and The Post Electric Caveman. Thursday, October 29 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island.

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