Chris Curry
Chris Curry is the author of Completely in Blue: Dispatches from the Edge of Insanity, an intense and revealing memoir that explores drug-induced psychosis and major depression during the formative teenage years. He is currently a mental health and addictions therapist at a long-term treatment centre for men in the forensic system. He received a 2012 Royal Ottawa Inspiration Award for his work in de-stigmatizing mental illness and has recently begun addressing public and professional audiences on the subject of youth mental health. He is currently writing his second book with Andy Behrman, author of 'Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania.' (Random House, 2002)

He can be reached via his website or find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Entries by Chris Curry

Why Isn't Psychotherapy Covered By Health Care?

(6) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 4:36 PM

It's sometimes difficult to not take living in Canada for granted.

In terms of health care, we have it pretty good. If you are unfortunately diagnosed with cancer, most, if not all of your treatment will be paid for. If you break your leg, you can go to the...

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That 'Trendy' Drug Your Kid Does Is the Same as Meth

(12) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 9:26 PM

What's in a name?

In this case, bath salts, crystal meth, baby powder, PCP and caffeine, to name a few.

An old substance with a fancy new name has hit the streets and is quickly becoming one of the trendiest of the designer drugs to ever hit the market....

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As an Addiction Therapist, I Think Rob Ford Needs Help

(30) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 1:54 PM

When the news finally broke about the alleged crack video being in the hands of the Toronto Police, the addiction therapist in me saw it as a blessing in disguise for Mr. Ford. I recall thinking "maybe now he will stop this charade, get the help he needs and get...

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Ignoring Canada's Homelessness Won't Make It Go Away

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 8:33 AM

It may be surprising for residents of any of Canada's major cities to learn that we don't really have a homelessness problem. In fact, most people who access emergency shelter services access them once, get back on their feet and never access them again.

"For the vast majority of people...
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Making Criminals Out of the Mentally Ill

(37) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 5:00 PM

For three years I have been working primarily with a forensic mental health population. By this, I am referring to clients who are suffering from mental illness and/or addiction(s) and who are also involved in the criminal justice system.

The "high risk" designation for mentally ill offenders proposed in

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