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  1. When The Place Supposed to Help Kids Hurts Them

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    From 1950 to 1996, the government-run Woodlands School was supposed to be a safe haven for BC’s vulnerable children—children with developmental disabilities and mental and behavioural disorders. As has been documented, however, it was anything but. ...

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  2. Kids in Control: When A Parent has Mental Illness

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    Kids in Control is a psychoeducational group for children ages eight to 13. The eight-week group helps children understand their parents’ mental illness and learn how to take care of themselves. I have been facilitating this group for three years in vario ...

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  3. Medication Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    Ms. T is a young college student, who came to my clinic complaining of depressed mood, irritability and inability to concentrate in her class. She was raped by an acquaintance about three years ago during Christmas time. Since the incident, she has experi ...

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  4. Mirror, Mirror: Youth-penned drama turns spotlight on teen depression

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    Mirror, Mirror, an original drama produced by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the Youth Theatre Action Group, raises the curtain on the sensitive subject of teen depression. ...

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  5. Finding Useful Health Information Online

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    Over the last ten years, the amount of information available on the internet has grown exponentially. As anyone who has been online can attest, the information can range from the useful to the not-so- useful to the downright dangerous ...

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  6. Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy and Postpartum

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    The use of mood altering substances has been an accepted feature of human society for thousands of years. However, the use of substances in pregnancy and lactation carries a higher risk and stigma, as can affect the health of both the mother and the child ...

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  7. Talking to Children and Youth

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    When mental illness affects a family, the children–including the offspring or siblings of people with mental illness–are just as confused and scared as the adult family members. They know something is wrong. ...

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  8. Understanding Suicide Risk Among Young Men

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    whenever I am asked to give an educational presentation about suicide, there is typically a well-defined moment when the learners in the audience get very focused and quiet and become particularly engaged with the material. It is when I show the graph tha ...

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  9. So a Youth Enters the Door- Now What?

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    Teenaged youth who use drugs are more at risk for unprotected sex, violence between people, injuries, overdose and death. 1 Intervention methods to aid youth in recovering from addiction are thus in demand. ...

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  10. Editor's Message: Trauma and Victimization

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    There are two things I associate with trauma. Boxing Day 2005 watching a huge wall of water surge over people and buildings without much warning, I wondered how the people actually living through that tsunami would ever be able to look at the sea again wi ...

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