Mental Health

Will Arnold, Cindy Lise, Stacy Middlemiss, Shannon Waters, Debbie Berg and Paul Harris join together on a March 28 panel to discuss the opioid overdose crisis in the Cowichan Valley.

Across Vancouver Island, communities are struggling with how to respond to the mental health and addictions crises unfolding in the streets. The Discourse surfaces stories from community members that go deeper than the daily news. We bring clarity to complex problems and we investigate solutions. We are guided by your questions.

Comment: Want to end the drug poisoning crisis? Start by listening to people who use drugs

People on the ground know how to save lives, writes nurse and community advocate Sarah Lovegrove. Will the rest of the community step up?

In photos: Locals find strength and community in cold water dips at Departure Bay

On a frosty Sunday morning, cold water swimmers explain how overcoming frigid temperatures can become a source of well-being.

What a judge’s ruling on homeless camps could mean for unhoused citizens of Nanaimo

After the B.C. Supreme Court ruled a Prince George homeless camp can stay, cities like Nanaimo need to ‘rethink why they’re doing,’ says law professor.

This hip-hop artist is transforming the lives of youth touched by trauma

Matt Dunae, known as Sirreal, shares how his own healing informs his advocacy on intergenerational violence, mental health and suicide.

Analysis: People living on the streets are struggling. Their neighbours are too.

A lack of investment in the necessities of life, from health care to housing, has left residents of Nanaimo to ‘pick up the pieces.’

Probation lifts for Canadian Mental Health Association’s Cowichan branch

“We seem to be paddling together and going in the right direction,” executive director Lise Haddock says.

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