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Sarah Hamid-Balma

Reprinted from the "Wellness" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 7 (1), p. 4

It’s been 15 years since Visions devoted an issue to mental well-being. Instead of my usual message, I’d like to use this space to update you on a few upcoming changes that will help ensure that important subjects like this one are given regular attention. From this issue forward, Visions will only look at eight themes. When our editorial board came to consensus on the themes, our criteria were that the themes should

  • Be easy to justify and important enough to revisit every two years
  • Broad enough to allow exploration of subthemes
  • Relevant and meaningful to our diverse readership
  • Focus on the strengths of the seven agencies that bring you Visions
  • Be meaningful to both mental health and substance use audiences

Our eight Visions themes will be:

  • Wellness (some aspect related to well-being, resilience, mental health promotion, prevention of mental health or substance use problems)
  • Hot topic (some theme that’s complicated or that we want to focus on if it doesn’t get attention in our other themes
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Families and relationships (using a very broad definition of family)
  • Recovery (some aspect related to getting help)
  • Young people (infants, children, youth or young adults)
  • Work (workplace issues, unemployment would all fit in here)
  • Culture (using a broader definition than just ethnicity)


Remember, these are themes, not issue titles. But these recurring themes give us a framework while still giving us room to go deeper into gender, age, setting, diagnosis or substance. I’m pleased at this new way forward and I can now guarantee that it will not be another decade before you see wellness explored again.



About the author
Sarah is Visions Editor and Director of Mental Health Promotion at the Canadian Mental Health Association's BC Division. She also has personal experience with mental illness.


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