Wheatley says the drugs have turned her daughter into someone unrecognizable. Before she started using, Wheatley said her daughter had no problem holding three jobs. Now, her daughter is unemployed. Wheatley herself has medical issues of her own, which make it difficult for her to travel back and forth to see and help her daughter. … Continue reading Diane Wheatley’s daughter suffers from drug addiction and is homeless. She believes Vernon needs better outreach before she’s found dead.
It was with a heavy heart this week that Julian Daly, executive director of the Our Place Society in Victoria, decided to pen a commentary in the Times Colonist calling for involuntary care for a small subsection of people with severe psychiatric disorders who are experiencing homelessness. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/should-people-with-severe-mental-illnesses-and-no-home-be-forced-into-treatment-1.6007637 Continue reading Should people with severe mental illnesses and no home be forced into treatment?
Clinical psychologist Sam Tsemberis acted when he saw homeless programs in New York were not working. Homeless people had to show they had overcome addiction and mental illness, and found work, before getting housing. Social agencies were putting the cart before the horse by not housing them first. https://www.saultstar.com/opinion/homeless-people-are-our-brothers-and-sisters Continue reading Homeless people are our brothers and sisters
It has always been clear to me that substance use disorders are mental illnesses. I see my parent in every person I work with. I would never judge someone for their current reality, as mental illness can be experienced by anyone. From my life experience and professional experience, it is evident to me the only … Continue reading Substance users need solidarity and support, not judgment
Almost 70 percent of them were food secure in one month. On average, the cash recipients spent a total of three fewer months in a shelter than those in the control group. After one year, cash recipients reduced their spending on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes by an average of almost 40 percent, challenging “the widespread … Continue reading Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.
Research conducted in Canada and elsewhere has demonstrated the feasibility, effectiveness, and cost savings associated with recovery-oriented housing. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/julian-somers-addiction-homelessness-and-evidence-to-build-back-better Continue reading Opinion: Addiction, homelessness and ways to improve