#MyIslandHealth Stories

One day at a time: Island Health's mental wellness day program

Read Lisa's story about her time attending the Mental Wellness Day program at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

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Island Health Community Wellness Grant planted seeds of growth for Songhees rooftop gardens

"It was important to start growing our own produce at the wellness centre to help create a more sustainable food system"

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Welcoming The Blessing Tree – Xpey’ (Cedar Tree) to Cowichan District Hospital

A special event was held at Cowichan District Hospital (CDH) to welcome The Blessing Tree – Xpey’ (Cedar Tree), a beautiful carving by Coast Salish artist Stuart Pagaduan. This important piece of art is now displayed in the main hallway of CDH. 

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Duncan Dialysis Patients Pedal Toward Wellness

Renal dialysis can be draining, both physically and emotionally, but Duncan dialysis patient Lois Cossar refuses to let the 4 hour per day, 3 day per week treatments dampen her zest for life.

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Is there healing power in music? Luc thinks so.

Meet Luc. Whilst undergoing radiation therapy  and chemotherapy for cancer, Luc would play his guitar on every visit to the BC Cancer -Victoria. 

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Cowichan Community Paramedic Valued Member of Island Health Team

“Mike has become an important part of our team and everyone is so supportive of him – he even gets hugs in the hallway!” Donna Jouan-Tapp, Manager of Island Health Community Health Services in Duncan.

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Heart Awards celebrate recovery for people with Mental Health and Substance Use challenges

“He’s a big ball of positivity so when I called to tell him he’d been nominated for a Heart Award, he was very excited,” says Katrina Witschel, a mental health worker with Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) Lasting Homes residential program.

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Celebrating mental health champions

Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) South Island Advisory Committee presented two prestigious awards to valued members of our community who have made kindness and compassion an extension of their work life.

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NRGH Auxiliary Craft Group comes through with a clutch for NRGH patients at Easter

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital patients will find a special wee visitor roosting on their breakfast trays on Easter Sunday morning, thanks to the NRGH Auxiliary Craft Group.

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Rural health: North Island maternity care

Rural health is changing. Here Port McNeill resident, Danielle Lloyd, shares her family’s experience receiving prenatal care closer to home.

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