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This is what developing acute schizophrenia feels like

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off)

Daniel Smith gives a searingly brutal, honest account of his experience with schizophrenia to Vice News

cerebralcortexA year ago this winter, I began to not recognize myself.

Sleep was the first thing to change. Progressively, over the course of about two weeks, I began struggling to drift off. As a 24-year-old man with a good supply of hash, this had never been a problem before. It was so odd. Seemingly out of the blue, I’d get into bed at night and not be able to shut off my brain. Thoughts would grow tendrils and loop onto other thoughts, tangling together like a big wall of ivy. Some nights, I’d pull the covers over my head, grab my face hard in my hands, and whisper, “Shut. The. Fuck. Up.”  Read the rest of this story at

University of Victoria launches student mental health strategy

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off)

“We are strengthening programs and supports to assist undergraduate and graduate students build resilience and healthy coping strategies, thereby fostering personal and academic success”


The University of Victoria is launching a comprehensive strategy to support and care for the mental health and well-being of students facing the challenges and stress of university life.

UVic’s new Student Mental Health Strategy goes beyond traditional counseling and health services support by providing campus-wide resources and training to identify students at risk and respond with appropriate actions and tools.


Halloween Beer & Burger Night Fundraiser

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in events - (Comments Off)

You are invited to a Spooktacular Halloween Beer & Burger Night. Come hungry and bid on intriguing auction items!

Columbian-Centre-Halloween-PosterDate: Friday October 31, 2014  Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm  Location: The Harewood Arms Pub, 508 8th St. Nanaimo  Price: $15.00   Buy tickets online below…


This week on People First Radio

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)


Annual report card grades the B.C. government on its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), ratified by Canada in December 1981

picture 591VANCOUVER — On October 16, 2014, West Coast LEAF released its 6th annual report card on women’s rights in BC. The CEDAW Report Card is West Coast LEAF’s annual assessment of how well BC is measuring up on international legal standards of women’s equality set out in the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).


The connection between traumatic brain injury and depression

October 20th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in events | news & views - (Comments Off)