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Indigenous youth, the suicide crisis, and hope in the face of oppression
22 Apr, 2016 | 0:18:40 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Michael Redhead Champagne has spent the last 19 years speaking out and leading by example. Recently recognized in 2015 in TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader for his hopeful approach to community organizing, MC is “committed to meeting groups where they are at, and taking a solution oriented approach to youth engagement, facilitation and community mobilization.” Read more here:...
Judgment strikes down certain drug-related mandatory minimum sentences from Harper years
22 Apr, 2016 | 0:15:03 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

This case challenged a section of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which creates a mandatory minimum one year jail term for drug possession in certain situations. West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund), a non-profit organization “working to make Canada an equal place for all women,” intervened in this case to argue that Charter challenges to mandatory...
Tokens for homeless people & others in downtown Nanaimo bring healthy meals from restaurants
22 Apr, 2016 | 0:10:55 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Cheryl Prince and Liz Kawahara are the organizers of an initiative that brings hungry homeless people in downtown Nanaimo together with healthy meals from restaurants in the area. Their token program is fashioned after a similar initiative used by Save On Meats in Vancouver. Read more here: http://www.vancouverislandmentalhealthsociety.org/?p=14569
Stephen Jenkinson’s book a manifesto for sanity and soul
05 Feb, 2016 | 0:48:47 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death...
Derek Book left 20 years of "substantial crisis" to get educated, work with others
05 Feb, 2016 | 0:12:17 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Derek Book is a consultant living in Victoria, British Columbia. While Derek spent the first twenty years of his life “in substantial crisis,” he went on to become university-educated, and has been working in the field of social work for over twelve years as a case planner, needle exchange worker, homeless count coordinator, and shelter coordinator. He is the author...
BCHL players, supporters to learn about mental health to help provide support
05 Feb, 2016 | 0:12:48 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Talk Today is a mental health education program designed for BCHL players and their supporters to learn about mental health and increase their skills in order to help support players who may be struggling or at risk of suicide. Find more information here: http://www.vancouverislandmentalhealthsociety.org/?p=12752
A Richmond, B.C. collaborative approach to support has helped 120 families
03 Nov, 2015 | 0:19:00 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

In 2008, families in Richmond, B.C. with either parents with a mental illness or with loved ones with mental illness, were asked what they felt would make a difference to parenting and family wellness. Over 50 parents provided feedback which was used to develop a three-year plan for supporting families living with mental illness and/or addictions. Read more here: http://www.vancouverislandmentalhealthsociety.org/?p=12722
Zander Sherman's search for his homeless, mentally ill brother
16 Oct, 2015 | 0:16:44 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

“Five years ago, my brother had a drug-induced psychotic break. He went from being a happy and healthy 27-year-old…to someone who couldn’t tell what was real and what wasn’t.” More information here: http://www.vancouverislandmentalhealthsociety.org/?p=12635
Transgender woman from Edmonton has found strength to move forward
18 Sep, 2015 | 0:56:00 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Marni Panas transitioned to a woman and legally adopted a female name in the spring of 2014. Since that time, Panas has become one of the foremost Canadian advocates for the rights of transgender people. One of her current roles is to act as an engagement and patient experience consultant for Alberta Health Services.
The bully, the bullied, and the not-so-innocent bystander. Stopping bullying.
18 Sep, 2015 | 0:21:49 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

The definitive guide to bullying prevention and intervention, by best-selling author Barbara Coloroso, provides real solutions for a problem that affects young people all over the world.
West coast firm designs Kube to be the best social network experience
18 Sep, 2015 | 0:12:14 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

It’s called Kube, and its developers describe it as the world’s perfect social network. Two Nanaimo brothers, Michael and Ian Reid, along with their team at Red Scotch Software, will roll out the beta version of a new fully private social network in October 2015. They’re taking on Facebook, which may seem audacious, but as Michael says, Kube will offer...
Canada’s First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework presents shared vision
11 Sep, 2015 | 0:46:19 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) announced on January 28, 2015 the release of a national framework addressing mental wellness among First Nations in Canada. According to the AFN, federal, provincial, and territorial mental wellness programs and services do not currently meet the needs to address the mental wellness challenges faced by many First Nations communities, resulting in a gap...
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