Category: Health

Nōmina Wellness is breaking the Mental Health Mold with Engagement and Expertise

The Comox Valley has changed in many ways. Our local population has significantly grown in size, we’re grateful that our current local government officials continue to bridge old gaps (mind the Puntledge pun), and the need for adapting our housing initiatives is driven home by almost unbelievable stories of professionals sharing basement suites with NIC students while looking for homes. And they are the fortunate ones, as too many Comox Valley residents remain homeless while incredibly engaged and qualified people work full tilt full time to find solutions to our social justice dilemmas. It is our pleasure here at to introduce you to Nomina Wellness, the new mental health facility with an inclusive, enganged multi-tiered approach to integrating those on the fringes back into the society they long to be part of.

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Advance Care Planning – Give It A Shot!

Walter Gretzky, 80-year-old father of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, mentored his son in hockey to be prepared – anticipate where the puck will be rather than following where it has been! And, Walter has also known the importance of being prepared for his health care. He encourages every Canadian to have conversations and make an Advance Care Plan in the event you are ever unable to speak for yourself about the care you would want.

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Meet Our Coordinating Circle

The Comox Valley Community Health Network is pleased to introduce the members of its new Coordinating Circle. To find out more and to read about other news for the CVCHN, click on this post.

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Advance Care Planning Day April 9th

North Island College nursing students are partnering with the Comox Valley Hospice Society’s Advance Care Planning team to present “Talk to Me Goose”—a light-hearted take on Advance Care Planning conversations for adults of all ages hosted in Berwick Comox Valley’s Grounded Pilot on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. There will be fun, food and great prizes!

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What’s the Story About Alcohol: An Evening with Harold R. Johnson

The Community Drug Strategy Committee, the Comox Valley Community Health Network and the John Howard Society North Island are pleased to sponsor a presentation by Harold R. Johnson, author of “Firewater – How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours). Mr. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation Band (Saskatchewan), a former Crown Prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice and a talented speaker and storyteller. He will challenge us to “change the story we tell ourselves about alcohol.” He will share his insights about alcohol, including its history, myths surrounding it and it’s impacts on our communities.

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Borderline Personality Disorder – In Search of the Lost Self

Twenty years ago while I was in the throes of depression, I received a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I was an Educational Psychologist with a Masters in Psychology, and yet, I had never heard of BPD. Not until recently, when I started doing a series of blogs on BPD, had I really come to understand it.

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