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.
WORKMAN ARTS PRESENTS
22nd ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS WITH MADNESS FILM FESTIVAL
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX: NOVEMBER 10 – 15, 2014
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.