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Housing First: The best bet to end homelessness

A homeless man in Vancouver. Photo: quinet/Flickr
This pilot program aims to address the mental health and addiction concerns of the homeless.

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Housing First: The best bet to end homelessness

From 2002 to 2008, the counted number of homeless in Metro Vancouver increased 137 per cent, from 1,121 to 2,660. What is equally important, from 30 to 50 per cent (with some estimating as high as 70 per cent) of the homeless population in Vancouver have mental health concerns. An unfortunate result of de-institutionalization is that the burden of mental healthcare has fallen on the police and general hospitals. To solve homelessness, we can't just build homes. We must also successfully address the mental health concerns of the homeless.


Photo: Halifax International Security Forum/flickr
| December 2, 2014

Workman Arts Presents The 22nd Annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 5:30am - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00am


TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W





The first and largest mental health film festival in the world, Rendezvous with Madness (RWM), presented by Workman Arts (WA), returns to the TIFF Bell Lightbox from November 10 - 15 for its 22nd edition. The six-day festival showcases over 20 programs of feature and short films, Snoozeland - a multi-media installation and a closing day symposium with a spotlight on mental health and substance use in sports.

August 13, 2014 |
August 12 is International Youth Day, a day endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 in a resolution upon the recommendation by the World Conference of Minsters Responsible for Youth.
image: MPA
| May 23, 2014
The Swan Song

The schizophrenia survivor

May 14, 2014
| Brent Seal was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He had a mental breakdown and attempted suicide. Slowly, he transformed his life. He is now a mental wellness coach.
Length: 29:47 minutes (27.27 MB)
Photo: Tom Flemming/flickr
| January 28, 2014
January 24, 2014 |
Unifor is participating in the Bell program ‘Let’s Talk’ geared towards fostering a national conversation on mental health.
Talking Radical Radio

Remembering a radical experiment: The Vancouver Mental Patients Association of the 1970s

September 4, 2013
| Jackie Hooper and Megan Davies talk about the radical early years of the Vancouver Mental Patients Association (or MPA) in the 1970s, and about a recent film project to recover some of that history.
Length: 28:07 minutes (25.74 MB)
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