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

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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Prevent Future Shootings by Focusing on Mental Illness, Not Tighter Security

(4) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Whenever there is a tragedy like the murders of Warrent Office Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu South of Montreal and Cpl Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa, the pundits come out of the closet. And, in my opinion, the most absurd was that of Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem, a Montreal psychologist...

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Hey CAMH, What Applies to Marijuana Should Apply to Tobacco

(32) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 6:06 PM

I am somewhat perplexed by the recent announcement by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto to legalize marijuana. I don't disagree but I find that they are being inconsistent as they ban patients from having any tobacco products on site even though tobacco is...

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What the History of Schizophrenia Can Teach Us About the Present

(41) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates October 10 as World Mental Health Day to raise awareness. This year, they are focusing on schizophrenia. To add my little bit to awareness, I would like to explore the history and the controversy of this malady.

As a...

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With Mental Health Care, the Most Serious Cases Need Help First

(24) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:12 PM

While researching a topic, I came upon a 2006 report by the Canadian Psychologists Association (CPA) that I found quite disturbing but that turned out to emphasize a major problem with efforts to resolve the mental illness crisis.

In Canada and the U.S. those with the most

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Money Spent on Homelessness Research Is Better Spent Housing People

(16) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:11 AM

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is very proud of their $110 million research project on homelessness called At Home/Chez Nous. They demonstrated that homeless people with mental illness and addictions (largely untreated) would benefit from being given a place to live along with treatment up to an including intensive...

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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

(11) 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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