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MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER Report – Alcohol and Health in B.C.’s Interior Region

Dr. Silvina Mema [Excerpt] Alcohol is arguably the most socially acceptable of psychoactive substances. Drinking alcohol is socially acceptable and even an encouraged activity. Some individuals may feel pressured to drink during social gatherings. While social drinking may seem harmless, it can lead to alcohol misuse and addiction. Many social and health harms can be […]

Canadian Mental Health Association – Running on empty – Summary Report march 2022

[Excerpt] The pandemic has had a devastating impact on mental health, substance use and homelessness in Canada.  In 2021, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) undertook a federation-wide research project to understand how community mental health organizations have been impacted by and responded to the pandemic.  Our research helped us formulate which federal policy responses […]

Taking action on the social determinants of health in clinical practice: a framework for health professionals

CMAJ. 2016 Dec 6 – Anne Andermann, MD DPhil [Excerpts] There is strong evidence from around the globe that people who are poor and less educated have more health problems and die earlier than those who are richer and more educated,  and these disparities exist even in wealthy countries like Canada. To make an impact on improving health […]

BC Gov News – Expert panel urges safer supply, evidence-based system of care to reduce deaths from illicit drugs

News Release Victoria, Wednesday, March 9 A panel of subject-matter experts convened by the BC Coroners Service is calling for increased access to a safer supply of drugs and creation of an evidence-based continuum of care to better support substance users and reduce the number of illicit drug-related deaths in B.C. The recommendations are included in […]

Provinces using investor-owned for-profit clinics to cut wait times heading towards predictable failure

Audrey Guay, March 9, 2022 The symptoms of Canada’s strained health care system are well known by now. We see headlines about the shortages of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. Burnout rates, already a problem before COVID-19 hit, are reaching new highs. For patients, delayed or missed health care services resulted in 4,000 excess […]

Rapidly increasing climate change poses a rising threat to mental health, says IPCC

February 28, 2022 [Note: blue text are hot links]Ashlee Cunsolo, Founding Dean, School of Arctic & Subarctic Studies, Labrador Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland – Breanne Aylward. PhD Student in Public Health, University of Alberta and Sherilee Harper, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change and Health, University of Alberta [Excerpts] Climate change poses serious risks to mental well-being. […]

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