Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this summer, Canada's first transitional housing dedicated to LGBT youth opened in Toronto--the YMCA's Sprott House. Reading about this great initiative raised our awareness about an issue that needs to be on the radar of all Canadians -- the unacceptable rate of LGBT youth who have no place to call home. LGBT youth become homeless for much of the same reasons as other young people -- family conflict, abuse, mental health issues and addiction. LGBT youth also experience higher rates of mental health and addiction issues in large part because of discrimination.

Should Canada Take a Public Health Approach to Cannabis Legalization?

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jenna Valleriani

One of the most popular topics on the 2015 elections agenda is legalization and cannabis is by far the most widely used illegal drug in the Canada. People often compare a potential legalization model to alcohol. The way alcohol is regulated in Canada provides some really important public health benefits.

I'm a Canadian Who Suffers From Mental Ilness - And I'm far From Alone

Brittany Dempster | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Brittany Dempster

I recall sitting on the ground at the back of a church in a crouched position. Tears flowed down my face as I whimpered. It was one of those days again -- a day that I did not want to see or talk to anyone; a day that I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up again.

Sam's Story Reveals One Thing About Transitioning That's Rarely Talked About

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living

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Mental Illness Is Blind to Socioeconomic Class Distinctions

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Before any social progress can be made, mental illness has to be acknowledged as a real and powerful determinant of health which affects all social classes, but plays a greater role not only in the lives of those who are displaced, but in some cases also contributes to their displacement and state of living. It is those living on the streets who are the most affected by the stigma associated with mental illness. Yet the stigma is alive and well for those of us who are fortunate enough to continue working or have a strong support system advocating for us while we too struggle to climb the walls of our own personal hell.

Mental Illness Programs Shouldn't Force Abstinence On Smokers

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Mental illness patients who smoke are discriminated against by having separate smoking rooms in hospitals closed. As a result, they are being forced to leave the hospital grounds to smoke if they are not in locked units. This is unsafe for patients and others.

More Than 230,000 Ontarians Considered Suicide In 2013: Study

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study from Canada's largest mental health and addiction research centre suggests more than 230,000 Ontario adults "seriously contempla...

Canada's Largest Addiction Centre Backs Legal Pot

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict control...

Workplaces Must Shift Their Thinking About Mental Health

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Impact

In Canada, mental illness carries a cost to the economy of over $50 billion annually. The number of people missing work due to a mental illness is 500,000 on any given day. When people with mental illness work in supportive environments their quality of life improves.

Adding More Psychiatrists to a Flawed System Won't Help Anyone

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Kurdyak

How should psychiatrists' roles be defined in order to provide as much specialist care to as many high-needs individuals as possible in the most cost-effective way? Because psychiatrists appear to be organized in a far less than systematic fashion within Ontario's mental health system, there is a fairly steady level of unmet need no matter how many psychiatrists practice in a region.

Hockey Star Offers Groin For Tee-Off

CBC | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact

We all know of the hilarity caused by footballs to the groin. But a golf ball? Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars let a guy smack a golf ball off a t...

More Psychiatrists Won't Fix a Broken Mental Health System

Marilyn Linton | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada
Marilyn Linton

In Ontario, the fee schedule does not have limits on duration or frequency of visits. Changing that may be one way of opening up room for psychiatrists to see more patients. Another idea, adopted in Australia, the U.K and the U.S., includes shifting the psychiatrist's role to that of a consultant on a multidisciplinary team. In such a model, psychiatrists provide the initial diagnosis, oversee any pharmaceutical treatment, and work with a team of social workers and psychologists to provide psychotherapy, support and to monitor progress.

Being Gay Isn't Why I'm Depressed

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

More than once as a young person (and even in adulthood) I've encountered professionals who believe my sexual orientation is the cause of my depression. I've also encountered professionals old enough to be my grandparents who suggest my sexual orientation is a mental illness in itself. It is why I remain skeptical to this day of seeking treatment; especially with a professional I've never met before.

Stop Using Our Personal Mental Health Records Against Us

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Independence and privacy: These are two very valuable things that we cherish in our daily lives; many of us have a habit of taking them for granted. But for those with mental illness like myself it appears as if we now have to fight vigorously to maintain our independence and privacy.

Trudeau on Pot Is a Political Highlight

Grant Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is right that legalizing, and then regulating, marijuana is the right thing to do. It will save money and it will help keep weed away from kids. Prohibition isn't working to keep kids safe from today's supercharged weed. Legalization and regulation will.

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

Marvin Ross | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Imagine the benefits if people with mental illnesses and their families could partake in this program? Family caregivers could receive information on their ill loved one and be able to provide on going information on progress and problems to the co-ordinator. It is time, Premier Wynne.

It Doesn't Matter What You Call Us - Stigma Hurts

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Impact
Arthur Gallant

The most common titles I've heard mental health organizations and government use are: person with lived experience, survivor, advocate, patient, consumer, etc. However, I've heard some people take offence to one title while others asked to be described a certain way.

Why Mental Health Week Is So Important To Me

Arthur Gallant | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

2013-05-06-MentalHealthBannerfinal.jpg Two of Canada's largest mental health organizations; The Centre for Addiction & Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association have declared May 6-12, 2013 Mental Health Week. We're over a decade into the new millennium and mental illness is still a taboo topic.

Canadians Drink More Than 50% Above The Global Average

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living

You might not be able to tell from all those beer commercials, but on a global scale, people are actually abstaining from alcohol. Even if the rest of...

How I Narrowly Avoided Self-Medication

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

I was crashed on the couch, looking at the bottle of wine sitting on the sideboard. Thinking. It had been a rough day. I had felt the darkness coming on earlier and the thought of going into the abyss, again, was just too much. I couldn't face it again. I anticipated the oncoming exhaustion, the downward spiral and did not want to go there. The wine was looking good. And so was the thought of morphine. One hit and I would be in another place. It was a brief moment, but I knew as the thought of medicating myself flew through my head, that I was in trouble.

What Mental Health Needs More Than Science

Andrew Boozary | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada
Andrew Boozary

The idea that social injustice can drive a health gradient is becoming a bigger facet of medical education in Canada. How are we trained to embrace the culpability of mental illness? Are we relying too much on a neuronal pathway, genetic cause or even a drug to legitimize disease?

Post-Sandy Hook, Don't Fear Those With Mental Illnesses

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.24.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

The Sandy Hook tragedy has got people talking worldwide. We may never know for certain if the suspect had a mental illness, but a lot of people are now wondering if mental illness could lead somebody to kill dozens of people. As a mental health advocate, I have an opinion.

My Musical Tribute to Nick Drake

Luke Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music
Luke Jackson

I got into Nick Drake's music the way most people did. A friend gave me a tape and said "you've got to check this guy out." The friend was the other guitarist in my band at school and it was the late 80s in North-West London. Nick's music grabbed me instantly. It was timeless, beautiful and melancholy.

Our Refugees Need Help, Not Neglect

CAMH | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Impact

Recently, Ottawa introduced Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act, and announced it was going to cut temporary health and mental health care to certain categories of refugees. The result was an outcry of support for people who have left everything they own to flee persecution, rape, torture and violence in their home country. Eliminating important supports and services from refugees is nothing short of inhumane. We're speaking out because the issue speaks to the heart of our purpose. We Care.

Why Refugees Need Our Mental Health Services Most

Dr. Catherine Zahn | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Impact
Dr. Catherine Zahn

Recently, Ottawa announced it was going to cut a program that provides temporary health coverage and medication to refugees. Canadian research has demonstrated that refugees are more likely to experience emotional problems and high stress levels, as well as greater mental health risks and rates of mental illness, than non-refugee newcomers.