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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

The Solution To Mental Health Reform Is Easy, Getting There Isn't

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 11:40 AM

A recent blog on Mind You by psychiatrist Dr. David Laing Dawson on rationally planning mental health services made me realize that creating and implementing services for mental illness is not rocket science.

Part of my realization arose from two psychiatric emergencies that my own family had...

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What Can The New Minister Of Health Do About Drug Shortages?

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 10:29 AM

It's difficult for those with chronic medical conditions to be dependent on prescription drugs but that becomes unbearable when they also have to worry about their drug supplies running out. There is a world wide shortage of many drugs which governments are seemingly doing little to alleviate. The current Canadian...

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Why Canada's New Mental Health Programs Are Irrelevant

(8) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 4:12 PM

When Michael Wilson was appointed as the new chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), I did a blog skeptical of that appointment even though I have a great deal of respect for his advocacy. Wilson, a former cabinet minister whose son committed suicide, was announced...

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Was Ontario Complicit In A Father's Murder?

(12) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 3:08 PM

Last Spring, I mentioned the problems that a Richmond Hill, Ontario family was having with acquiring adequate service for their son with schizophrenia in one of my Huffington Post blogs. That was one of the many blogs I write on the pathetic state of care that we have...

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New Schizophrenia Research Is Changing Our Understanding Of The Disease

(10) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 2:36 PM

New genetic research just announced is being seen as a major breakthrough in understanding the cause of schizophrenia. However, in my opinion, this research should go a long way to improving how those with this disease and their families are perceived, in silencing the anti-psychiatry crowd and in convincing health...

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How Justin Trudeau Can Improve Mental Health Services In Canada

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 11:12 AM

When the Federal election campaign began, I did a blog post on "What will your candidate do to support mental health". None of the leaders discussed this topic although the electorate certainly indicated that this was important. That post was shared 1,014 times on Facebook and received 3.7K...

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Mental Health Privacy Policies Leave Families In The Dark

(12) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 12:33 PM

One of the biggest complaints that families of the mentally ill have is the failure of the health system to provide them with information. Families provide ongoing care, support and housing, and yet the privacy legislation in most jurisdictions in both Canada and the U.S. prohibit staff from talking to...

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Proposed Changes To Ontario's Mental Health Act Aren't Enough

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Thanks to the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario had the opportunity to revise its entire Mental Health Act (MHA) as so many have requested and thus bring it up to the same level as other provinces. Unfortunately, they did not do that. Last December, the Court struck down...

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What Will Your Candidate Do to Support Mental Health?

(9) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 5:27 PM

One issue that needs to be discussed in this long election period is Canada's abysmal record dealing with mental illness. Despite Prime Minister Harper having established a Mental Health Commission in 2007 in order to act as "a catalyst for improving the mental health system" and, in the...

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Withholding Medication From Schizophrenia Sufferers Should Be Unethical

(4) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Allowing someone with schizophrenia to remain in a psychotic state is cruel and harmful to the person, but that is what happened in a recent drug trial.

Canadian psychiatrist, David Laing Dawson, pointed out that "the longer our brains remain in an altered state...the longer it will...

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New Leadership, Same Problems at the Mental Health Commission of Canada

(5) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:50 PM

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) announced in April that the Hon. Michael Wilson was taking over as chair from Dr. David Goldbloom. Despite replacing a practicing psychiatrist with someone who has been severely impacted by mental illness in his own family, the MHCC seems to be...

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The Only Thing That Will Improve Mental Illness Treatment Is Science

(10) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 7:38 AM

In discussing the complaints made by a group of physicians against Dr. Oz, Dr. David Gorski uses the term "medical quackademia" to describe the collaboration between alternative medicine and evidence-based medicine.

Gorski is a surgical oncologist, and associate professor at Wayne State University in Detroit...

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Harper's Change To The Criminal Code Serves No Value to the Mental Health System

(7) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 9:27 AM

Two years ago in Huffington Post, I wrote that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's amendments to the Criminal Code for those found Not Criminally Responsible by way of Mental Defect (NCRMD) were too simplistic. I was referring to Bill C-54 which came into force in July 2014. That bill's...

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The Minister of Health Doesn't Understand His Own Legislation

(9) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Is it any wonder that mental illness care in Ontario is so bad? Dr. Eric Hoskins, our Minister of Health, does not even understand his own Mental Health Act.

Global News Toronto ran a piece on a woman with schizophrenia who has been missing for the past...

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Is There a Professional Turf War in the Mental Health Field?

(8) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:04 PM

One of my pet peeves is the use of the term "mental health problems and issues" to reflect mental illness. Some have told me that if we imply that people are mentally ill then we are stigmatizing them because we are saying that there is something wrong with their brain....

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Anti-Vaxxers and Psychiatrists, Don't Ignore Science in Favour of Uninformed Views

(53) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:37 PM

The latest measles outbreak in the U.S. and Canada has again focused attention on the dangers of ignoring science for the uninformed views of the anti-vaxxers. Even the entertainment columnist for the Toronto Star has jumped in with a column entitled Measles and an Outbreak of Celebrity Stupidity.

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada Is Stuck in Groundhog Day

(21) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 9:59 PM

What am I missing here? The Mental Health Commission of Canada has just released the first of two reports on indicators showing how poorly we treat those with mental illness in Canada. I really have to ask why, as this is something we already know.

In May, 2006,...

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Mental Illness Programs Shouldn't Force Abstinence On Smokers

(7) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:15 PM

An innovative program for treating people with both mental illness and addictions in Hamilton, Ontario's St Joseph Hospital is proving to be successful. But, what it also demonstrates, in my opinion at least, the extent that those with mental illness alone are being poorly cared for. In a two part...

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An Advisory Panel For Mental Health Issues Must Include Those Directly Affected

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:27 PM

In my last post, I criticized Ontario Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins for wasting money and time setting up a Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council as part of his efforts to improve mental illness care in Ontario. Fellow Huffington Post blogger and mental health advocate,

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The Health Minister Can Do Better to Improve Mental Health Services

(5) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 11:26 PM

In his first foray into the policy world of mental illness, Dr. Eric Hoskins, the new Ontario Minister of Health, has just announced that he is "promoting resiliency and well being for all Ontarians by expanding proven programs" and that he wants "the right care at the right...

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