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Gardening helps staff and patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/FPH%20staff%20garden%203_highlight.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Gardening helps staff and patients at the Forensic Psychiatric HospitalDescribed as a ‘lovely oasis,’ the communal garden and surrounding green space provides a place for staff and patients to connect with nature, stay active and socialize with each other. http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/gardening-helps-staff-patients-forensic-psychiatric-hospital2021-10-21T07:00:00Z
Tips for boosting your mental health – World Mental Health Day<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/hikers_feature.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Tips for boosting your mental health – World Mental Health DayOctober 10 marks World Mental Health Day, and there is no better time to reflect on and care for our mental health and well-being. During these challenging times, here are some tips and resources that can help you move through COVID-19 and beyond.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/tips-for-boosting-mental-health-world-mental-health-day2021-10-07T07:00:00Z
Providing effective care to marginalized populations including homeless individuals becomes easier thanks to The Hotel Study<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/TO%20urban%20area.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Providing effective care to marginalized populations including homeless individuals becomes easier thanks to The Hotel StudyNearly 75 per cent of adults living in marginalized housing live with some form of a mental illness, suggests a longitudinal study by researchers from BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/providing-effective-care-to-marginalized-populations-hotel-study2021-09-23T07:00:00Z
kʷikʷəƛ̓əm gifts historic warrior house post to watch over clients at the Red Fish Healing Centre<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/House%20Post%20and%20Gardens.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />kʷikʷəƛ̓əm gifts historic warrior house post to watch over clients at the Red Fish Healing CentreFor the first time in over a century, a striking house post, carved from a 600-year-old cedar tree, had been unveiled and placed on the primary lands of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/historic-warrior-house-post-red-fish-healing-centre2021-09-09T07:00:00Z
Understanding the root causes of addiction this International Overdose Awareness Day<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Struggle.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Understanding the root causes of addiction this International Overdose Awareness DayThis International Overdose Awareness Day, experts from BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services explain why treatment and addressing the root causes of addiction are important parts of B.C.’s ongoing overdose crisis response.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/understanding-root-causes-of-addiction2021-08-31T07:00:00Z
Harnessing the power of art and nature for recovery<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Rosalie%20and%20John_Hummingbird%20mural.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Harnessing the power of art and nature for recoveryRead the story of how a mural in the Hummingbird Room at the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction came to life.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/harnessing-power-of-art-nature-for-recovery2021-08-27T07:00:00Z
Annmarie’s story: The power of community and creativity in overcoming trauma<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Annmarie%20Elderkin_resized.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Annmarie’s story: The power of community and creativity in overcoming traumaThis is the story of Annmarie, who experienced childhood trauma and abuse at the hands of her former husband. Today, she looks back on her life with a clearer understanding of how trauma affected her life, and shares what allowed her to heal.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/power-of-community-creativity-overcoming-trauma2021-08-18T07:00:00Z
B.C. nurses become the first in Canada to prescribe life-saving opioid agonist treatment<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Jessica%20Martens.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />B.C. nurses become the first in Canada to prescribe life-saving opioid agonist treatmentMeet Jessica Martens, a registered psychiatric nurse who became one of the first certified nurses in the Provincial Health Services Authority to prescribe Suboxone. She joins a team of other nurses who were trained to support the opioid crisis response.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/bc-nurses-first-in-canada-to-prescribe-suboxone2021-08-12T07:00:00Z
BCMHSUS presents at BC Housing event on səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview planning<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Red%20Fish_lands.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />BCMHSUS presents at BC Housing event on səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview planningBC Mental Health and Substance Use Services staff joined the Kwikwetlem First Nation, BC Housing and other community leaders to discuss the future of mental health initiatives on the lands formerly known as Riverview.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/bcmhsus-presents-on-riverview-planning2021-08-11T07:00:00Z
Mental health and addictions clients get a sneak peek at the new Red Fish Healing Centre<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Clients%20at%20Hummingbird%20Room_cropped.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Mental health and addictions clients get a sneak peek at the new Red Fish Healing CentreDuring the first ever client tour of the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, clients and family partners were excited to see the state-of-the-art features of the facility, which opens in October.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/clients-get-sneak-peek-tour-red-fish2021-08-05T07:00:00Z

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