Challenge to the Mental Heath Act

December 20, 2017 Advocates, Families, Speak out in Defense of B.C.’s Mental Health  Act.

December 14, 2017 B.C. man defends province’s mental-health detention system following critical report

High-Potency Marijuana Use

April 2017, Hazelden Betty Ford, Institute for Recovery Advocacy  Emerging Trends Report Marijuana White Paper

Policy (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

October 11, 2011 Huffington Post Mental Health Commission dabbles in dysfunction
October 8, 2011 National Post Mental Health Commission struggles to find balance in developing strategy
September 21, 2011 Mental Health Commission has become dysfunctional
July 28, 2011 Response to Draft Mental Health Strategy for Canada

News Releases


May 15, 2019 – – One man’s experience with Cannabis and Psychosis

May 5, 2017 – Radio Broadcast: Going in Circles – A Mental Health Crisis on Campus

April 25, 2013 First Pathways Responsiveness to Families Award to be presented May 3
December 17, 2012 Pathways Announces Responsiveness to Families Award
October 20, 2011 Public event: Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers speaks on the mentally ill in our prisons
September 22, 2011 Living with mental illness and HIV/AIDS
September 21, 2011 Mental Health Commission has become dysfunctional
September 7, 2011 Averting Tragedy: World Suicide Prevention Day 2011
February 17, 2011 Public Event: Homelessness and mental illness
November 18, 2010 Trials of a forensic psychiatrist
August 27, 2010 Vancouver Coastal ignores the mental health act
August 24, 2010 Vancouver Coastal review sidesteps main issue
April 19, 2010 After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Regain Her Sanity author Susan Inman to speak at Public Education Evening
April 15, 2010 Pathways asks for inquest into Ben Williams case
March 4, 2010 Life and death of Ross Allan and the coroner’s inquest that could change mental health care in BC
November 3, 2009 Addressing metabolic syndrome: physical health for the mentally ill
October 20, 2009 Pathways expands peer support services for families
September 16, 2009 Award winner’s dramatic story featured at Public Education Event
June 29, 2009 Pathways calls on VCH for probe into faulty practices in Vancouver mental health services

News and Events

January 26, 2016 Whistler Question How can families cope with mental illness?
January 14, 2016 Tri-City News Mental health support for families
June 25, 2015 Georgia Straight Insight deficit leaves schizophrenia patients (and many doctors) unaware
October 6, 2014 Whistler Question New support group offers families a place to turn
September 17, 2014 Bowen Island Undercurrent Free workshop aims to help families . . .
September 10, 2014 Georgia Straight Education helps families face severe mental-health problems together
January 19, 2014 North Shore News Society offers free family-focussed course
December 13, 2013 North Shore News North Shore needs mobile psych outreach team
May 1, 2013 North Shore News Coming out of the dark at last
February 17, 2013 North Shore News Kudos
February 14, 2013 The Chief Mental health discussion set
December 30, 2012 North Shore News Society launches new mental health award
July 22, 2012 North Shore News Making Strides
July 3, 2011 North Shore News Walk the world
May 8, 2011 North Shore News Society reaches out to families
March 18, 2011 The Chief Early response to mental illness is best
November 18, 2010 North Shore Outlook Mental illness and the justice system
September 10, 2010 Whistler Question Averting Tragedy: World Suicide Prevention Day
August 8, 2010 North Shore News Festive Footsteps
June 24, 2010 North Shore Outlook Stepping out from the shadows
June 20, 2010 North Shore News Walk the World
April 22, 2010 North Shore Outlook Author talks about daughter’s struggle
March 4, 2010 The Chief Support provided to families
January 7, 2010 North Shore Outlook Not Alone
November 5, 2009 North Shore Outlook Mind and Body
October 30, 2009 The Chief Schizophrenia Society expands into corridor
January 20, 2008 North Shore News Society helping families cope with mental illness

Advocacy Cases

Paul Boyd
January 17, 2014 Vancouver Sun Letters to the editor, re: Blatchford column
January 2, 2014 National Post Christine Blatchford (Full Comment)
November 20, 2013 Special prosecutor misses the boat on Paul Boyd case
November 2013 Pathways Advocacy Bulletin, Prosecutor’s decision in Boyd case fails test

Ben Williams
January – February 2012 Vancouver Magazine No Asylum
December 7, 2010 Coroner’s Report into the death of John (Ben) Williams
April 15, 2010 Letter to the Chief Coroner of British Columbia
April 15, 2010 Pathways asks for inquest into Ben Williams case

Marek Kwapiszewski
September 13, 2011 CBC News Families slam aging, overcrowded psych ward
August 31, 2010 Vancouver Sun Mental health law needs to be clarified, not changed (editorial)
August 27, 2010 Vancouver Coastal Ignores the Mental Health Act
August 26, 2010 Vancouver Sun Mentally ill man’s suicide drives review of policies
August 24, 2010 Vancouver Coastal Review Sidesteps Main Issue
August 23, 2010 Background information on VCH recommendations
August 23, 2010 VCH recommendations
August 23, 2010 Pathways recommendations
July 22, 2009 North Shore News Mental Health help not always there
July 16, 2009 North Shore Outlook Pathways aims to dispel ‘committal myth’
July 8, 2009 North Shore News NV woman laments mental health support
June 30, 2009 Vancouver Sun Sister tells story of man who jumped to his death
June 29, 2009 Pathways Calls on VCH for probe into faulty practices in Vancouver Mental Health Services 2011 Sept 21 Bulletin news release
June 26, 2009 Submission to VCH Interim President and CEO

General Advocacy

July 21, 2014 Submission to B.C. Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
February 15, 2013 North Shore News Sister of NV man killed by psychotic son
praises bill
May 2, 2012 North Shore News Call for suicide barriers unheeded
April 15, 2012 North Shore News Psychotic breakdowns difficult for police
April 8, 2012 North Shore News Jury’s police training proposal supported
February 2, 2012 Whistler Question Mental Illness is not a joke
September 13, 2011 CBC News B.C. mental health funding frustrates advocates
November 25, 2010 Georgia Straight “Crime and injustice” draws some fiery responses
November 22, 2010 Georgia Straight Mentally Ill are no more violent than the
general population
December 9, 2010 ‘Jumper’ remarks callous (response to Trevor Lautens column, Friday, November 27, 2009)