Bre McAdam (12 Dec 2020) People who went through Saskatoon’s mental health court reoffended less: study. Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
Penny Frazier, Cody Murrell Murrel, Dorothy Badry, Megan Mierau (Editor), Theresa Tucker-Wright (Editor), Erin Leveque (Eds) (16 Nov 2020) YOUTH IN CARE CHRONICLES: Reflections on Growing Up in the Child Welfare System. Independently Published
The authors, for me, quietly honour the youth who still struggle, while still celebrating those that overcome tremendous odds and are able to control the pain rather than allowing the pain to control them. They are fighting back and giving hope to others”. Peter Smyth, Social Worker, Author, Advocate In Canada, youth from the child welfare system are 200 times more likely to become homeless, 60 times more likely to become victims of sex trafficking, and 5 times more likely to die before they are 30 years of age. Their uncommon lives require uncommon valour to rise above their complex adversities and break through the many barriers they face. These are the real-life stories of 18 former youth in care as told by them – in voices that are raw and honest and insightful and strong. The authors break down stereotypes and build up respect through sharing what they have survived and what their hopes for the future are. They want other youth to know that they know the struggle is real, that they are not alone, and that life can get better. It is their hope that this book will also serve to inform practice, act as a resource for those who work with children in care and influence meaningful change within the system. Storytelling is a pathway to healing.
CanFASD Blog (28 September 2020) Canadian experts publish the first medication guidelines for people living with FASD
News Medical Life Sciences (20 Nov 2020) Researchers highlight gap in effective mental health and substance use treatment options for people with FASD. News Medical Life Sciences
National Post (Apr 2019) ‘Canadian study identifies five most vulnerable groups for FASD’. The study identified five high-prevalence groups: children in care; people in correctional service custody; people in special education services; people using specialized services for developmental disabilities or psychiatric care; and Indigenous populations.
Cam Yoos (29 Apr 2019) ‘The Watch will benefit downtown.’ The training covered many areas to provide The Watch volunteers with skills to interact with citizens on the streets of Lethbridge. The topics included dealing with persons with mental-health challenges, Indigenous awareness, the resources available through the City of Lethbridge, suicide awareness and dealing with persons with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Lethbridge Herald
Vanessa Hvartin (Apr 2019) ‘Why the most common developmental disability in Canada is misdiagnosed or missed — and the devastating results’. Calgary Herald
Vanessa Hvartin (Apr 2019) ‘A broken system’: Adoptive families say child welfare agencies are failing on FASD’. National Post
VIDEO National Post Canada (26 Apr 2019) ‘How two generations coped with a FASD diagnosis’. Very little was known about FASD when Dolores gave birth to Kim in 1971. Now Dolores is helping raise Kim’s daughter Sarah, who is also living with FASD.
Vanessa Hvartin (Apr 2019) ‘Prenatal exposure to alcohol affects a million Canadians. Why it’s time to start tackling our hidden drinking problem’. National Post