mental health

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mental health challenges add to youth stress load

Part 2 in a Black Press series on Youth Homelessness

  • Aug 15, 2020
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gaps in the system: Youth cope with homelessness in Greater Victoria

Gaps in the system: Youth cope with homelessness in Greater Victoria

Four-part series will look at youth homelessness in the region

  • Aug 8, 2020
Gaps in the system: Youth cope with homelessness in Greater Victoria
Many restaurants have closed in response to COVID-19. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Young Canadians, hospitality workers bear the brunt of mental strain in 2020: report

A study by Morneau Shepell points to economic uncertainty in the pandemic as the cause for angst

Many restaurants have closed in response to COVID-19. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Potential explosion in mental illness could last years after pandemic: study

Potential explosion in mental illness could last years after pandemic: study

Estimates are based on an analysis of what transpired in the years following the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016

Potential explosion in mental illness could last years after pandemic: study
Dan Jack photo First responders prepare to transport an apparent overdose victim in downtown Parksville Saturday morning, April 22, 2017.

Advocates urge B.C. to withdraw proposed bill allowing youth to be held after overdoses

Bill 22 would create more harm than good argues the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and others

Dan Jack photo First responders prepare to transport an apparent overdose victim in downtown Parksville Saturday morning, April 22, 2017.
Sean Hackett works as a paramedic near Ottawa and was a masters student at Royal Roads University. His thesis, approved for publication this year, focuses on mindfulness and how it could help paramedics. (Courtesy of Sean Hackett)

Royal Roads student’s study on mindfulness and paramedics makes waves in Ontario

Sean Hackett says mindfulness can help paramedics manage stress during medical events

  • Jul 26, 2020
Sean Hackett works as a paramedic near Ottawa and was a masters student at Royal Roads University. His thesis, approved for publication this year, focuses on mindfulness and how it could help paramedics. (Courtesy of Sean Hackett)
White Rock psychologist Jennifer Mervyn says meaningful, connected relationships are an essential part of a healthy upbringing. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Long-term psychological impact of COVID-19 a concern for kids and parents, experts say

Part 3: Health professionals promote ‘meaningful connections’ to co-regulate stressful environments

White Rock psychologist Jennifer Mervyn says meaningful, connected relationships are an essential part of a healthy upbringing. (Aaron Hinks photo)
RCMP disarm man experiencing mental health crisis

RCMP disarm man experiencing mental health crisis

The male pulled a knife on officers and then held it to his own throat expressing a desire to die

RCMP disarm man experiencing mental health crisis
Police apprehended a woman after a standoff on July 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police use tear gas to apprehend Saanich woman threatening neighbours, police

Woman facing possible criminal charges after standoff with police

Police apprehended a woman after a standoff on July 6. (Black Press Media file photo)
A man wears a face mask as he sits on a bench in Montreal, Saturday, June 27, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A man wears a face mask as he sits on a bench in Montreal, Saturday, June 27, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
West Shore RCMP say a bystander who flagged down police after spotting a man semi-conscious in his car along Ocean Boulevard on June 5 potentially helped save his life. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bystander helps save man’s life during mental health crisis in Colwood

Police notified after man spotted semi-conscious in vehicle

West Shore RCMP say a bystander who flagged down police after spotting a man semi-conscious in his car along Ocean Boulevard on June 5 potentially helped save his life. (Black Press Media file photo)
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UBC study seeks to learn if at-home workout apps improve health during pandemic

Trial will give people access to yoga, HIIT or barre training

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Coast Mental Health is hosting Courage to Come Back Month during July 2020. (Facebook/Coast Mental Health)

Courage to Come Back campaign shares five stories of mental health resilience

Coast Mental Health to award recipients virtually during month-long event

Coast Mental Health is hosting Courage to Come Back Month during July 2020. (Facebook/Coast Mental Health)
Emma White, communications assistant for the Victoria-based NEED2 suicide prevention organization, says demand for the Youthspac.ca online chat and text service has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic started. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

COVID-19 pandemic causes spike in demand for Victoria youth mental health chat, text services

Victoria’s NEED2 responds to 15% more demand, up to half of crisis pandemic-related

Emma White, communications assistant for the Victoria-based NEED2 suicide prevention organization, says demand for the Youthspac.ca online chat and text service has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic started. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has been put on probation for one year by the B.C. Division of the of the CMHA. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Heath Association on probation

Misconduct by board, management among the complaints

The Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has been put on probation for one year by the B.C. Division of the of the CMHA. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Karen Brown said she has had more than 20 concussions, resulting in a permanent brain injury. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)

How life changed for one Victoria woman after more than 20 concussions

Karen Brown shares her experiences with mental health after brain injury

  • May 10, 2020
Karen Brown said she has had more than 20 concussions, resulting in a permanent brain injury. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)
West Shore RCMP confirm a man is safe and being given medical care after he ran away from officers in the parking lot of Sooke Hills Regional Park on Thursday. Officers say this was a medical health related occurence. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore RCMP confirm a man is safe and being given medical care after he ran away from officers in the parking lot of Sooke Hills Regional Park on Thursday. Officers say this was a medical health related occurence. (Black Press Media file photo)
A volunteer prepares a meal for food banks on the floor of the Bell Centre, Tuesday May 5, 2020 in MontrealTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

COVID-19 burnout: Can-do attitude gives way to anxiety, despair for many

One-fifth of Canadians say they will experience ‘high levels’ of depression if isolation continues into summer

A volunteer prepares a meal for food banks on the floor of the Bell Centre, Tuesday May 5, 2020 in MontrealTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau announces $240M funding for online mental health platform, virtual healthcare

The federal government is also provided $175 million in funding to AbCellera for research

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Elate Fitness founder Corbin Bednarik plans to work with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals, while boosting their state of mental well-being.

Regular exercise = good mental health; find out how!

Victoria-based Elate Fitness aims to boost your mental health through online programs, follow-up

  • Apr 20, 2020
Elate Fitness founder Corbin Bednarik plans to work with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals, while boosting their state of mental well-being.