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Marvin Ross is a Dundas, Ontario writer and publisher with a particular interest in mental health. Dr E Fuller Torrey, in his latest edition of the classic Understanding Schizophrenia A Manual For Families, called Mr Ross "one of the leading Canadian advocates for individuals with serious psychiatric disorders".

He listed 3 Bridgeross titles as among the top books on schizophrenia. These are Schizophrenia, Medicine's Mystery Society's Shame by Marvin Ross along with After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman, and Dr. Carolyn Dobbins' What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizoaffective Disorder. .

His company, Bridgeross, publishes a number of other books on schizophrenia that have been recommended by NAMI in the US, EUFAMI in Europe, The Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and the World Federation for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders.

Three of the top 10 must read books on schizophrenia listed by Healthyplace.com, are Bridgeross Titles.

He is also the producer of two documentary films on schizophrenia

Entries by Marvin Ross

How a Report on Toronto's Police Became Look at Mental Health

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:06 PM

The media reports on former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci's 413 page comprehensive report on how Toronto police deal with people in crisis have missed what I consider to be the key. There is so much in the report that it is not surprising but it...

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Why I Don't Count on Government Mental Health Recommendations

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 5:55 PM

The Ontario Government just released an all party Select Committee report on improving services for those suffering from developmental disabilities (see new definition). That report is called Inclusion and Opportunity: A New Path for Developmental Services in Ontario and I don't want to sound overly cynical...

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Harper Calls it "Mental Health Reform," I Call it a Sham

(9) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:54 PM

The establishment of a Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) by the Harper Tories in 2007 has been seen as a progressive step towards ensuring that those with mental illnesses begin to receive the same level of health care as those with other illnesses. But, in my opinion, it was...

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Some Advice For Ontario's New Health Minister

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:27 PM

For those of us advocating for improvements to services for the mentally ill in Ontario, the appointment of Dr. Eric Hoskins as the new Minister of Health is a breath of fresh air. Dr. Hoskins, as a physician, should have a good grasp of the health issues facing...

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Celebrity Sound Bites Don't Work When Dealing With Complex Medical Facts

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Our craving for simple solutions to complex problems, while understandable, have negative consequences and result in what essayist Charles Simic, writing in the New York Review of Books, calls the age of ignorance.

The implications of that ignorance was demonstrate in a study conducted by

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Ontario Liberals Just Don't Understand Mental Illness

(41) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Doing the right thing to improve services for those who are mentally ill is not about party politics but rather human decency. I realized that on Thursday after a verbal confrontation on my porch with my incumbent Liberal who made the mistake of knocking at my door. After that encounter,...

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Why Canada's Mental Health Commission Is Useless To Canada's Mentally Ill

(18) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Sadly, the Mental Health Commission of Canada is regressing to a position that many lambasted them for in late 2011. That year, they put out a draft mental health strategy that failed to talk about mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. And, that draft strategy was only...

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Ontario Election Offers Little Hope For Mental Health Improvements

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 10:54 AM

The upcoming Ontario election poses a difficult problem for those of us advocating for improved services for mental illnesses. It would seem that none of the parties care about this issue. That is most certainly the case for the ruling Liberal party as I've pointed out in recent blog posts.

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Don't Take Away the Joy of Cigarettes From the Mentally Ill

(32) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:11 PM

If Toronto Star columnist Rosie Dimanno's revelations about the new policies at the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto aren't enough to result in an immediate change in its leadership, then the response by their director, Dr Catherine Zahn, is.

Ms DiManno's recent column described...

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Why Aren't Our Politicians Doing More to Fight the Mental Illness Stigma?

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Canadians tend to be self righteous about the superiority of our universal single payer health care system compared to the U.S. And, as an OECD study demonstrates, there is good reason to be pleased. Our life expectancy and the gains in life expectancy from 1960-2009 are better in...

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Ontario Can Be a Mean Place if You Have a Mental Illness

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Ontario's record in improving services for those with mental illness and, in particular, those with the most serious of illnesses is totally reprehensible. So, imagine my surprise when I read an article by Toronto Star columnist Carol Goar who wrote glowingly about Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn and his...

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You Can Change Schizophrenia's Name, But the Stigma Will Be the Same

(12) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Bill MacPhee, the publisher of SZ Magazine (formerly known as Schizophrenia Digest), has just launched a campaign to change the name of schizophrenia in order to, as he says, "stop stigma." The name change suggestion is not new, but what is different is his proposal to change the...

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Why Health Professionals Need Independent Supervision

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Who protects the public when health professionals are either incompetent or engage in wrong doing?

In a number of earlier blog posts, I pointed out that medical treatment is not always ideal. For example, often those with schizophrenia get worse health care than others and die at a...

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Don't Confuse Mental Health With Addictions

(13) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:32 PM

January 28th is the annual Let's talk campaign by Bell to raise awareness about and reduce the stigma of mental illness. And, through this campaign, Bell has committed over $60 million for mental health in Canada. This is a commendable program and an example of good corporate responsibility....

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Is YouTube Essential for Police Accountability?

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:14 AM

How two institutions, a hospital and a police force, deal with an injustice committed against a man with schizophrenia makes for an interesting contrast. Last year, I wrote two blogs about Douglas Brown of Burlington, Ontario. He is a man in his early 40s with schizophrenia who was

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Does the Mental Health Care System Discriminate Against Family Caregivers?

(9) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 6:44 AM

Frustrated with the mental health care system's failure to involve families of those with serious mental illness, a Richmond Hill Ontario mother filed a discrimination complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against two local health authorities. And while she did not win her argument, she feels that...

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True Suicide Prevention Comes in the Form of Treatment, Bob

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Former interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob Rae (who is also a former NDP Premier of Ontario), wrote an op-ed in the Globe and Mail calling for a national strategy on suicide to remember Chris Peloso who recently ended his own life. While Rae is...

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When it Comes to Mental Illness, Canada Could Use Help From a Republican Congressman

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:29 AM

If only a Canadian politician would do this. Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania recently introduced a bill into Congress called Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Murphy is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation and has spent...

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Why Smoking Can Be Good For You

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:42 PM

It is a terrible shame that many of those in charge of public smoking policy tend to be what Toronto Star columnist, Rosie Dimanno called Nico-Nazis. No one would deny that smoking is bad for physical health but for those with serious mental illnesses it may actual have...

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Your Mental Illness May Get You Stopped at the Border

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 11:30 AM

I was not the least bit surprised when I read that Ellen Richardson was banned entry into the U.S. because she suffered with depression and had a history of attempted suicide. That was unconscionable, but I do have a suggestion that may help prevent this for others.

When...

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