Within Sight: Issue 9

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In this issue:

HeretoHelp spotlight

The Centre for Addictions Research of BC’s guide, The Road Ahead: A Guidebook for Parents of Young Teens about Alcohol and Other Drugs, helps parents understand teen substance use, such as why teens use drugs and what the different stages of drug use look like. You’ll also learn helpful tips on communicating with teens about drug use and responding to drug use. The Road Ahead is available in five languages: Farsi, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Simplified and Traditional Chinese. You can read The Road Ahead online at HeretoHelp.

Managing Anxiety Disorders Toolkit in Slovenian

HeretoHelp’s toolkit on anxiety disorders has been translated and culturally adapted by a Slovenian organization, Društvo DAM (Society for Individuals Suffering from Depression and Anxiety Disorders). The toolkit discusses anxiety and anxiety disorders, treatment, and self-management strategies. You’ll find self-tests, worksheets and tools to help you understand and manage anxiety. To learn more, visit HeretoHelp or Društvo DAM.

Update: The toolkit has been replaced with the Managing Depression series, which is available in Slovenian from Društvo DAM.

Movement Building: Canadian Mental Health Association's National Conference on Mental Health

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s national conference will run from September 14-16 in Kelowna, BC. Breakout sessions will include Embracing Diversity, Emerging Excellent Practices, Tapping Technology, and Empowering Young People. Speakers at the conference include Dr. Mike DeGagne of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Paul Lacerte of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. The breakout session lineups will be released soon, so check the Movement Building website for updates! [Note: This website is no longer available. Please visit www.cmha.ca to learn about the current national conference.]

Families: 2011 Cross-Cultural Mental Health Conference

October 5-6, 2011
Vancouver, BC

The 2011 Cross-Cultural Mental Health Conference will take place October 5-6 in Vancouver, BC. This year’s theme is Families, and the conference will include presentations on immigrant students, promoting wellness among Punjabi older people, and the cultural context of motivational interviewing. For more information, email symposium@ccmhs.ca or visit CCMHS.

During the conference, the Soma Ganesan Spirit of Hope Award will be awarded to an individual, program, organization or institution in BC that has made a significant contribution to the mental health and well-being of immigrants and refugees. Winners will receive a $1000 donation to a mental health program of their choice. If you’d like to nominate someone, visit CCMHS. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2011.


Diversit-e: Australia’s diversity health e-magazine highlights research, news, initiatives, policies and programs in cross-cultural health. You can learn more about emerging and best practices, innovative programs and services, and new research. Diversit-e is available for free at the Diversity Health Institute. [Note: This publication is no longer in print, but you can find archived issues at Pandora.]

The Provincial Language Service

The Provincial Language Service, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, supports linguistic and cultural diversity through culturally relevant services. They provide interpretation in over 180 languages, translation, training, and consulting. For more on their work, visit PLS.


WithinSight features BC resources about mental health, well-being, alcohol use and other drug use that are designed for multicultural and multilingual communities. Our goal is to bring these useful resources “within sight” of service providers and communities.

This newsletter contains information collected from a variety of sources, individuals and organizations that we consider reliable. However, the information and links provided do not necessarily represent the views of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.