Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative: A Plea for continued funding.

After getting so much interest from our Facebook post earlier in the month, sharing the Pique story about funding to the CYMHSU drying up, we asked Tanya Richman, the local action team's co-chair, to explain what this means, and what we can do about it.  Funding for 64 Local Action Teams across the province who are … Continue reading Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative: A Plea for continued funding.

A plea to schools and daycares to be more mindful about Mother’s Day and ditch the colouring-in exercise that assumes everyone has a Hallmark family

(Last year, I ran into Tanya in the street the day before Mother’s Day and we had a little vent about Hallmark holidays. She’d walked into a classroom where the kids were busy colouring for Mother’s Day, and she personally knew that a lot of those students had pretty unHallmark relationships with their moms. Later, … Continue reading A plea to schools and daycares to be more mindful about Mother’s Day and ditch the colouring-in exercise that assumes everyone has a Hallmark family

Getting loud requires listeners. So, what to say, when someone gets brave and speaks up?

There you are trying to be present for someone who is struggling. You think to yourself….what do I say? Well, thankfully many of us have been in this position. So many, in fact, that Family Smart has put out this handy list of things to say: http://www.familysmart.ca/files/FamilySmart-SAY-WEB-2017.pdf • Thick and thin I’ve gotchu • I’m … Continue reading Getting loud requires listeners. So, what to say, when someone gets brave and speaks up?

Mental health starts at home. Here’s what’s been happening in the Pemberton area

Have you heard of the Child and Youth Mental Health – Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU)? This collaborative project began in 2013 with eight Local Action Teams (LATs) across the province aiming to do something about the lack of coordination in response systems for child and youth mental health. Over four years the initiative has grown … Continue reading Mental health starts at home. Here’s what’s been happening in the Pemberton area