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an undiagnosed child

submitted by BC Resident Rhoda T.

My nephew's worker said supervised med assist was not available because he was never at any one address for long (sometimes a tent), but my request he be briefly hospitalized, detoxed, stabilized on meds, given mental health housing, and supervised med assist, was refused. My request that he be given an assessment for his traumatic brain injury was also refused. I also asked for assessment by a psychologist or occupational therapist to identify the cause of and document his adaptive functioning deficit symptoms.  This request has also not been responded to.

These clients of the Mental Health system are intimidated, rebuked, and afraid to disclose the extent of their problems, as their addiction is thrown in their face. Their rights are trampled upon, such as when they request a new Psychiatrist and are refused, and, if they do not take their medication properly, they are not put on supervised med assist.

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an undiagnosed child
an undiagnosed child

My Pathway of Recovery

Part way through a busy day of family practice, on a cold grey November afternoon in 1984, I quietly let myself out the back door of my clinic and walked away. I was convinced my life was over. I knew I drank too much and was ashamed of secretly injecting more and more opioids. Suicide had become my friend: if it got any worse, I could end it. I believed I was using substances to escape my desperation. I really had no idea I was suffering from something called addiction.

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My Pathway of Recovery
My Pathway of Recovery

14 years

submitted by Holden C., Vancouver BC

Our system of care has remained relatively unchanged for many years. There is no adaptive framework to this system. It has become calloused, stubborn, and stuck in its old ways. The fabric of this system needs to be torn, so we can do away with old thinking, and see mental health in an entirely new way.

I was first prescribed benzodiazepines and hypnotics at the age of 17, to treat an anxiety disorder and insomnia. I was prescribed these medications in excess, and without much directive or precautionary information.

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14 years
14 years

CMHA on Federal Budget 2017: ‘A great start’

(Toronto, March 23, 2017) CMHA congratulates the Federal Government for demonstrating a strong commitment to mental health in Canada in its 2017 Budget. The Government’s significant investment in mental heath is a great start toward correcting the historical, woeful underfunding of mental health in this country. However, there is some way to go before mental health care is funded on par with physical health care, and in proportion to the burden of illness. The Canadian Mental Health Association calls for continued investment in mental health – especially in community-based services and support – to bring Canada in line with other G8 countries, where it still lags behind.

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CMHA on Federal Budget 2017: ‘A great start’
CMHA on Federal Budget 2017: ‘A great start’

silent for too long

We’ve come a long way, but the journey isn’t over yet. I feel that way about how we, as a society, handle mental illness and mental health and about how I handle my own mental illness and mental health.

I was volunteering for CMHA at a Kids Health Fair yesterday and spoke with the mother of a child with mental illness. She told me that her son had been diagnosed at the age of three and that he is now fifteen. I was so happy for him that he had been diagnosed at such a young age, but also sad for myself because when I was three years old, children were not diagnosed with mental illness. The medical profession simply did not diagnose anybody under 18 with mental illness, as though 18 was some magical age at which mental illness suddenly appeared in people!

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silent for too long
silent for too long

CMHA BC welcomes Budget 2017’s stronger focus on mental health and addictions

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CMHA BC welcomes Budget 2017’s stronger focus on mental health and addictions
CMHA BC welcomes Budget 2017’s stronger focus on mental health and addictions

BC Goverment Unveils $140 Million of Investments for Target Mental Health Initiatives

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BC Goverment Unveils $140 Million of Investments for Target Mental Health Initiatives
BC Goverment Unveils $140 Million of Investments for Target Mental Health Initiatives

CMHA applauds signing on to health accord

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CMHA applauds signing on to health accord
CMHA applauds signing on to health accord

Happiness & Crappiness

In 2016, I attended CMHA’s #b4stage4 conference where I was inspired by the stories of powerful politicians, nurses, psychotherapists, and students alike. It was a vivid reminder that mental illness does not discriminate; every one of us has been, or has the potential to be impacted.

As I sat there in a room full of people and watched powerful and successful individuals courageously share their most personal struggles, I couldn’t help but feel like a hypocrite.

Why?

Because there I was, advocating for ending stigma, and yet many people in my life had no idea that for over a decade, I’ve been fighting my own battle.

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Happiness & Crappiness
Happiness & Crappiness

B.C. mental health group unfurls 'manifesto' to improve care

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B.C. mental health group unfurls 'manifesto' to improve care
B.C. mental health group unfurls 'manifesto' to improve care

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