mental health

The man who crashed a stolen truck and fled the scene by canoe in View Royal was found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man who stole truck and canoe in View Royal believed he was fleeing zombies, court finds

Judge finds man not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder for 2019 thefts

The man who crashed a stolen truck and fled the scene by canoe in View Royal was found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder. (Black Press Media file photo)
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West Shore RCMP arrives just in time thanks to tip

Officers remind of resources after mental health call Monday morning

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Lowe’s Langford location is hosting a series of events to raise funds for Foundry Victoria, a space in downtown Victoria that offers people ages 12 through 24 mental health and substance abuse support. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Greater Victoria businesses come together to help Island kids

Langford Lowe’s raises funds for youth mental health all month

Lowe’s Langford location is hosting a series of events to raise funds for Foundry Victoria, a space in downtown Victoria that offers people ages 12 through 24 mental health and substance abuse support. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Suicide rate significantly higher in veterinary industry

Suicide rate significantly higher in veterinary industry

West Shore vet techs urge public to be patient, kind

Suicide rate significantly higher in veterinary industry
Patient wants B.C. to protect legal rights of mentally ill like most provinces

Patient wants B.C. to protect legal rights of mentally ill like most provinces

B.C. government recently proposal to amend Mental Health Act, allow youth to be detained for a week after overdose

Patient wants B.C. to protect legal rights of mentally ill like most provinces
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller responds to a question during a news conference Tuesday August 25, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa giving $82.5M for Indigenous mental health support during COVID-19

New federal funding will support access to additional services

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller responds to a question during a news conference Tuesday August 25, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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)