Marvin Ross
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, are Bridgeross Titles.

He is also the producer of two documentary films on schizophrenia

Entries by Marvin Ross

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.


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Rob Ford Shows That 'Mental Health First Aid' is Expensive and Ineffective

(14) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Toronto mayor Rob Ford's recent bizarre behaviour, drinking and illegal drug use has led many of this friends and colleagues to suggest that he get help. But, he insists that he does not have an addiction problem and that he does not need help. What his friends and colleagues are...

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Don't Be Too Quick to Praise This New Treatment

(23) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:40 AM

Is Finland really the promised land for schizophrenia treatment? The psychiatric contrarians, those who eschew conventional psychiatric wisdom, seem to think so. Their poster child is Open Dialogue a small, obscure, treatment program for people with early onset psychosis located in the Western Lapland region of Finland. The contrarians claim...

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Having Police Shoot the Mentally Ill is Cost Effective But Absurd

(9) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Some interesting testimony is being provided at the latest inquest into three police shootings of mentally ill people in Toronto which vividly portrays the absurd way we treat mental illness. This inquest and its circumstances could be from anywhere in North America as our treatment of the severely mentally ill...

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For Some Mentally Ill People, Community Treatment Orders Work

(9) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:48 PM

In an earlier blog entitled Involuntary Treatment of Psychiatric Patients Not Unconstitutional Says Ontario Superior Court of Justice, I pointed out that Justice Edward Belobaba ruled that while Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) do not violate the Canadian Charter, he did say that the appellants have provided a compelling...

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Could This Program Change the Way We Treat Mental Health Issues in Canada?

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:42 PM

It's a great PR move. The Ontario Liberal government has set up a website so they can solicit our views on various potential policies for their next election platform. But, for mental illness, they could look at and implement some of the recommendations they've ignored for...

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Involuntary Treatment of Psychiatric Patients Not Unconstitutional Says Ontario Superior Court of Justice

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 12:26 PM

The so-called psychiatric survivors will not be happy but Justice Edward Belobaba, on Sept 12, 2013, dismissed their Constitutional Challenge to the Expanded Civil Committal Criteria and Community Treatment Orders (CTO's) added to the Ontario Mental Health Act in 2000.

The details of the judges...

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One Step Forward for Mental Health and One Step Back

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 11:44 PM

Progress in mental illness is slow as victories are often offset by large failures as was demonstrated by recent events in Hamilton, ON. It was almost a year ago that I wrote about a group of eight young women with various mental illnesses who were being blocked by...

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How Do We Protect the Mentally Ill From Police Violence?

(41) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 5:00 PM

I was very encouraged when I received a press release that Louise Bradley, the president of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, was going to speak to the Canadian Association of Police Boards in Saskatoon on August 15. The conference was to discuss the relationship between...

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In Canada, Who Polices the Police?

(21) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Sammy Yatim's unfortunate death at the hands of police in Toronto is an extreme example of police behaviour that goes unchecked in this country. It is only when police action leads to death as in this case and in the case of Robert Dziekanski who was...

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