vancouver events at this year’s mental health week

this week is national mental health week in canada. like last year, i’ll dedicate all my posts this week to mental health. (in a way, all my posts are about mental health but this week we’ll just be a bit more explicit, ok?)

today a roundup of mental health events happening in and around vancouver this week.

movies and psychiatry – may 5th
the depiction of mental illness in film. a multi-media mental health awareness week event, presented by dr. harry karlinsky. a clinical professor at the university of british columbia, founding director of the award-winning frames of mind mental health film series and festival film critic for the canadian psychiatric association. dr. karlinsky will provide a historical overview of the depiction of mental health issues within the world of cinema. he will also explore how the practice of psychiatry can be influenced by concepts first introduced in popular movies. various film and video clips will be utilized throughout the forum to illustrate key points. date: may 5th, time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm, and location: douglas college, 700 royal avenue, new westminster room: 2201. enquiries: 604-523-1072.


improving your life-work balance – wednesday may 7, 7-9:30 pm.

organized by the canadian mental health association, vancouver/burnaby branch.

in this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss what life-work imbalance is, how it impacts your life, the different ways that you can improve your own life-work balance and spend more time doing what you love. you’ll leave the workshop with an action plan for improving your life-work balance.

admission is $10.00 at the door, cash only please.
alan emmott building
6650 southoaks crescent
burnaby, bc


turning grief into action – dealing with teen suicide

when jude platzer’s 15-year-old son josh committed suicide in 1999, her future became clear.

the vancouver resident, overwhelmed with emotion, jumped into action and adopted an advocacy role to help raise awareness about teen suicide and prevent other families from going through what hers had.

this week, as part of national mental health week (may 5-11), platzer will speak at the canadian mental health association north and west vancouver branch’s health lecture series on wednesday, may 7 at john braithwaite community centre at 7 p.m. for more information, go here.


face value by the youth theatre action group
a play about teenagers dealing with mental health issues, addiction and prostitution. may 6th-8th at the roundhouse community centre. there are two matinee shows on may 7th and 8th at 1:15 p.m. evening shows are may 6th, 7th, 8th at 7:30 p.m. all shows will take place at the roundhouse community centre in vancouver. more info here.


public education series on addiction
at the pacific spirit community health centre on west 43rd. all are welcome to come to this free drop-in group. every friday from 9:30 to 11:30. this friday, may 9: chemicals and the body. more info here.

for a full list of events put on by the canadian mental health association in british columbia, go here.


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    My name is Richard M. Patricia and for the past 13 years I have been employed as a high school television and radio teacher at Warren County Technical School in Washington, NJ. After being in the classroom for so long, I decided to work on my own film with a subject that was very close to my heart. My film, “Strive For Happiness,” is a film about my life growing up and the lives of other’s who have lived with or cared for someone who suffers from a serious form of mental illness. During my adolescent years, I cared for my own loved-one who suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. My life growing up was not an easy one yet it is probably similar to many other people’s lives throughout the country who are dealing with “loved ones” suffering from a serious form of mental illness.

    The reason I am writing to you is because I understand that mental illness has touched your life. I can not express how thankful I am for people like yourself who speak publicly about the illness and the struggles so many have faced. There is unfortunately so much stigma that still exists surrounding the illness and it is so important for people like yourself to speak openly about mental illness especially since you have a larger podium than most of us and can make a tremendous difference by educating others about the illness and hopefully make others more aware of the illness in general and make a move towards reducing the stigma that continues to exist today.

    I was wondering if you might be interested in screening a copy of my documentary film entitled, “Strive For Happiness.” My hope is that this film has the ability to reach a larger audience and can hopefully help others who are dealing with issues similar to those in the film. I would appreciate any help that you can possibly provide in getting the word out about my film. I really appreciate any help at all. Word of mouth is the best way to spread the word especially through influential people and organizations like yours. My website is located at and my email is

    Thank you so much for everything you do. Thank you for speaking publicly about mental illness.


    Richard M. Patricia

    Filmmaker, “Strive For Happiness”

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