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.
Over the years, doctors and nurses have told me about the good deaths and the bad deaths they have seen. The bad deaths haunt them. Here's one story I will never forget....
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.
Dr. Ron Collins is a Kelowna anesthesiologist. His story about how he became a champion for change shows why encouraging physicians to come forward with their good ideas is so essential to the health system.
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.