#United4CYMH - what that means in BC.

A complex, far-ranging mental health project is quietly happening in BC. It's called the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative. I know, I know — it's an awkward mouthful of a name, but it represents a very important initiative: it is bringing together multiple individuals, organizations and ministries who are all working together across BC to increase the number of children, youth, and their families receiving timely access to mental health services.

Reflections on an historic Supreme Court decision

It's unanimous!" my husband Keith yelled from the living room as he scrolled through his cell phone news feed at around 7:30am Pacific time Friday February 6th.  I  was eating my breakfast  and suddenly began to cry.  I knew the announcement from the Canadian Supreme Court on the assisted suicide ruling would come first thing that day. I was fully expecting a majority to rule in favour. What I didn't expect  was my reaction.

Nothing by mouth? Challenge that dogma

For decades, all patients scheduled for surgery have been required to fast from midnight onwards -- or else the surgery would be cancelled. But now that dogma, as well as about 20 other common surgical protocols before, during and after an operation, are all being challenged, and changed in a new collaborative research project underway at 10 BC hospitals.