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gala dinnerThe 4th annual Mental Wellth Gala is on May 9, 2014

Columbian Centre’s annual Mental Wellth Dinner and Musical Gala is a celebration of mental health and wellness—and an opportunity for community supporters and members of the public to participate in, and honour, our collective work in building supportive homes and communities.

Our gala is during CMHA’s 63rd Annual Mental Health Week – Monday, May 5 to Sunday, May 11, 2014.

This year the event will be held at  The Grand Hotel, 4898 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo.

Join us for a night of entertainment and connection. This event includes a three-course buffet dinner, live music and a silent auction. Our musical guests are Phil Dwyer (multiple JUNO award winner) & Louise Rose and Joan Wallace & The Martys.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. (6:00pm – 10:00 pm).

Tickets are $85.00 ($35.00 tax receipt) in advance only at the Grand Hotel and Bernard Callebaut Chocolaterie (Country Club Centre). Contact Tona at tona@columbiancentre.org or call 250-758-8711 for more information. Click here for Poster.

Proceeds go to the Columbian Centre Society.

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An exceptional simulation and training experience 

In Courtenay April 15, 2014 & Campbell River April 16, 2014

HV Courtenay & Campbell RiverThe goals of this experience are to:
• Learn about the subjective experience of hearing voices that are distressing
• Become more empathetic towards those who hear distressing voices
• Change clinical practices to better address the needs of people who hear distressing voices

Learn more about the workshop here.

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New Documentary Explores Rural/Urban Mental Health Issues

Film Courtenay & Campbell RiverON THE ROAD TO FIND OUT (2013) examines the re-location of  people with mental illness, from smaller communities on Vancouver  Island to the city of Nanaimo – in order to access mental health services. This film is intended to be a discussion starter…

What happens when people are taken out of their natural social setting after they become mentally ill? What are the positive and negative effects of location? Where is home once someone has been relocated for an extended period?

Filmmaker Paul Manly’s work gives expression to three individuals  who experienced re-location as well as to those people who have provided support. “Mental illness touches everyone in some way and the crew I work with is no exception,” says Manly. (more…)

Local food bank helps youth

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Making Donations To Food BankLoaves and Fishes Community Food Bank is hoping a student-only food depot at John Barsby Secondary School will serve as a blueprint for depots in other schools.  The food depot program at the Nanaimo school supplies hampers that provide food for children for the weekend on a referral basis.

Nanaimo is known as an area with high levels of child poverty.

Alex Counsell, Operations manager at Loaves and Fishes estimates about 200-250 people a week that access Loaves and Fishes are under the age of 18 (Nanaimo News Bulletin Oct.2013, Karl Yu).

On this week’s program, we will be talking with Peter Sinclair, Executive Director of the Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, about youth poverty and food security programs to address the needs of youth living in poverty in Nanaimo.

New location for Nanaimo Community Hospice

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hospiceThe Nanaimo Community Hospice provides counseling and support to people with serious progressive illnesses where a cure is not expected and to their families and caregivers.

Support is provided during the end of life and for family members and caregivers following the death of a loved one.

The Nanaimo hospice has recently relocated into a beautiful new building and grounds, with much more space for previously crowded programs.

Tune in to People First Radio on CHLY 101.7FM this Thursday at noon, for a conversation with Jeanne Fahlman, Development Officer for the Nanaimo Community Hospice about their successful move, their current programs and upcoming special events.

Marika Swan’s work with Redwire Native Youth Media has shown her the importance of healing through expression

Marika Swan is a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who was born out in the wilds of the west coast. Marika says she believes in a deeply profound relationship with the land that she comes from and a responsibility to its survival, health, and freedom. Marika is an artist who has also worked with Redwire Native Youth Media Society for the past five years.

Tune in to People First Radio on CHLY 101.7FM this Thursday at noon, for a conversation with Marika Swan. She’ll be speaking about healing through expression in a rebroadcast conversation from July of 2011. (more…)

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Revisiting Mad Pride

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Mad pride is an international movement that celebrates the human rights and culture of people considered very different by society.  Mad pride events, organized by loosely connected groups in at least seven countries including Canada, Australia, South Africa and the United States, draw thousands of participants.

Frank talk about mental illness…or as some put it, “extreme mental states”…happens in online forums, blogs, community groups, art collectives, on youtube and in the traditional media.

This Thursday on People First Radio, we speak with Leef Evans, an artist and author from Vancouver…in a rebroadcast from May 28, 2009.

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Income levels related to health and well-being

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Ritika Goel is a family physician who completed her medical school training at McMaster University in 2008 and her family medicine residency at St. Michael’s Hospital through the University of Toronto in 2010. Her interests lie in the health and well-being of marginalized communities including those in the inner city of Toronto, rural Canada as well as internationally.

She believes that health is a human right and should be made accessible to all.  She is a blogger at The Huffington Post and at Right to Health, and a member of the steering committee for the Medical Reform Group, an organization of physicians, medical students and others committed to ensuring access to high quality health care for all Canadians.

Tune in to People First Radio on CHLY 101.7FM this Thursday at noon, for a conversation with Ritika Goel about how income levels are tied to health and longevity and how our individual and collective health would improve if we raised the income level of the poorest and most marginalized members of our society.

Programs and events at the Mid Island CMHA branch

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Gwen Vonarx is the Program and Event Coordinator for the Mid-Island Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.  On Thursday, April 10th, she will join People First Radio live in studio to introduce the Mid-Island Branch: what they are, what programs they offer, and how to connect with them.

In addition to their regular offerings, they are launching a session of LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL and are welcoming Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk. The social event to welcome Clara Hughes is on May 16, 2014 5:30 pm-8:30 pm at Beban Park Social Centre. The evening begins with a Mix & Mingle with cash bar, resource tables and entertainment, followed by a light dinner.

Clara Hughes will deliver the keynote address sharing her story about depression.

Tickets ($10) are available in person at the Phoenix Centre or on-line at the CMHA Mid-Island website (http://www.mid-island.cmha.bc.ca)