Folk U 101: The Social Dilemma
The last year has transformed the way we work, play, learn, and interact by bringing more and more of our lives online. Cortes Island‘s clinical therapist and our resident brain “professor” Hayley Newell discusses social media addiction, the new Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” our brains on social media, and what we are reaching for when we reach for our devices.
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The Campbell River RCMP are experiencing a marked increase in the number of emergency calls this January.
In a press release issued last night, media relations officer Cst Maury Tyre, “2020 was the busiest year in terms of calls for service at the Campbell River RCMP for at least 10 years. This makes January 2021’s file count thus far concerning when we compare to our 2020 numbers.”
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“the Pulse” @ Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CRFO 100.5 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Isolation and quarantine saved thousands of lives during the pandemic, but UBC Nursing assistant professor says her research is a warning to governments to better consider mental health as well.
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Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Right now, Arne Liseth is his brother Keith’s only remaining connection to the outside world.
Liseth is his brother’s sole designated visitor at the long-term care home in Campbell River, B.C., where Keith lives.
And as the number of COVID-19 cases spike in the province, Liseth worries what little social contact his brother enjoys will be cut off again.
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the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
COVID19 has people at home, with less frequent opportunities for connection. The isolation increases when it is compounded with the stigma of substance use or mental health issues.
“In many cases, underlying chronic, severe trauma is related to substance use and during these dual public health emergencies it becomes even more important to increase mental health and wellness supports for BC First Nations people,” explains Dr. Nel Wieman, First Nations Health Authority’s (FNHA) acting deputy chief medical officer.
In B.C., 261 people have died of COVID-19. As of Sept. 30, 2020, 1202 people have died from overdose in the province this year.
In response to this combined crisis, the FNHA accelerated their plans to launch a virtual substance use and psychiatry service.
Continue reading Virtual mental health service improves access