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

Misbehaving Doctors Deserve Real Consequences

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 10:21 AM

The Ontario Medical Association is upset with the Ontario government, but not over money this time. They are concerned that the government is trying to tighten discipline procedures for misbehaving doctors and other health professionals.

For a change, I agree with the government. These new changes could result...

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Time For U Of T To Reign In Its Anti-Psychiatry Activist

(48) Comments | Posted January 26, 2017 | 3:59 PM

It's bad enough that Professor Bonnie Burstow at the University of Toronto is the head of anti-psychiatry and the purveyor of an anti-psychiatry scholarship, but it goes well beyond that. She is actively attacking research and proud of it.

I wrote about her scholarship last October and my...

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Vulnerable Patients Will Suffer Under 'Two-Tier' Pain Med System

(11) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 11:24 AM

Welcome to the new Ontario. A province that, on February 1, will introduce two-tier health care for those who suffer from chronic pain. In their response to the overdose deaths from illegal fentanyl found in cocaine, heroin and fake Oxycontin pills, Ontario has decided to stop covering the cost of...

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On The Death Of Carrie Fisher And Anti-Psychiatry Trolls

(11) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 5:50 AM

When someone dies unexpectedly from something like sudden cardiac arrest as appears to be the case with Carrie Fisher, it is a tragedy. And it is more of a tragedy when the person is young like Ms Fisher was at age 60. But what is an unconscionable travesty, are the...

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Another Apology Is Needed From Kathleen Wynne

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 12:21 PM

How long does it take the Ontario Government from the time they decide a program is needed until they actually finalize implementation? It sounds like a joke but it isn't and it is one issue raised in the 2016 Ontario Auditor-General's report. The answer is close to three decades provided...

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The Truth Behind U Of T's Anti-Psychiatry Scholarship

(82) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 1:24 PM

The University of Toronto, ranked as number one in Canada, 16th worldwide with the 12th ranked medical school internationally, has just established a scholarship for anti-psychiatry.

Called the Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry, it is being praised by Scientology. As a graduate with...

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'Psychiatric Refugee' Story Can't Justify Charter Challenge

(6) Comments | Posted September 26, 2016 | 11:12 AM

For years, we've had a small group of very vocal people who call themselves psychiatric survivors -- people who have had psychiatric treatment, do not agree with it and consider that they have survived it. Now, thanks to CBC radio, we have someone dubbed a psychiatric refugee --...

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Charter Challenge To B.C. Mental Health Act Is Misguided

(13) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 11:35 AM

Two B.C. patients have just launched a Charter challenge to the province's Mental Health Act. The last challenge to a Mental Health Act that I am aware of was in Ontario where expanded civil commitment rules and the provisions of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) were challenged. That

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Anti-Psychiatry Folks Cannot Ignore That Medication Saves Lives

(19) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 2:29 PM

I keep reading comments from people wondering how anyone could possibly support Donald J. Trump. Fact checking his statements demonstrates how wrong he is on much of what he says. And then there are the numerous comparisons of statements that he makes that contradict each other.

Not so surprising, sadly...

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Ontario War On Addiction Needlessly Targets Seniors And Disabled

(8) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 10:40 AM

Ontario just announced that it is starting its war against addiction and deaths from opioid overdoses by targeting the elderly and disabled.

Beginning in January 2017, Ontario will no longer cover the cost of higher doses of certain pain medications on its drug benefit formulary. The formulary covers...

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Canadian Psychiatrists Aren't Doing Enough For Their Patients

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2016 | 11:22 AM

In May, I wrote about the problems for people with mental illnesses not being able to access the Disability Tax Credit easily. In June, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary issued a report pointing out that very few Canadians receive any help...

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The Mental Health Commission Of Canada Embraces Honesty

(6) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 5:57 PM

It is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a Mental Health Commission for Canada (MHCC) and, while I've been very critical of them in Huffington Post, I have to congratulate Louise Bradley, the president and CEO, for her honesty.

In a lengthy interview marking that...

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Mentally Ill Deserve Fair Access To Disability Tax Credits

(10) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:13 PM

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) "has abdicated its mandate for fairness by denying the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to eligible Canadians with disabilities" and particularly those with psychiatric disabilities according to advocate Lembi Buchanan of Victoria. "It has become virtually impossible for the majority of people living with...

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A Dose Of Reality Is Needed For Mental Health Week

(8) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 10:17 AM

In Canada, the first week in May is designated "Mental Health Week," and according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, the purpose is "to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health". We are...

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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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