Mental Health Canada

Teens Are Talking About Suicide. Why Aren't Adults?

Glen Canning | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Glen Canning

Robin Williams didn't die from suicide, he died from depression. Zelda Williams eloquently wrote, "... I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay..." She summed up the words of loved ones left behind beautifully. Rehtaeh didn't decide one night to kill herself -- she died a slow, painful death from a disease of the soul that kills close to 4,000 Canadians a year. Teenagers are talking about suicide and we need to make sure theirs are not the only voices in the conversation. Sadly, the very voices needed the most are the ones missing. The voices of teachers, parents, psychologists, doctors, police officers, mental health workers, and community leaders. We need to talk about suicide.

How a Report on Toronto's Police Became Look at Mental Health

Marvin Ross | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Marvin Ross

Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci points out in a report that Ontario does not have a mental health system as there is no coordinated, comprehensive approach to treating mental health. Rather, there is a patchwork collection of hospitals community treatment organizations and practitioners with often inadequate funding. Toronto (and the Province) he says would benefit from a well coordinated system.

The Crazy Project: Talking About Mental Health

Moses Mutabaruka | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Moses Mutabaruka

Although mental health is a heavy and personal matter that comes with a lot of stigma, talking about it is like finally being able to breathe! It lifts a huge weight off your shoulders and you are able to live again.

How I Slowly Lost the Line Between Reality and Insanity

Sandra Charron | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

At the age of four, I would wake in the middle of the night; my legs trembling; the bile in my stomach churning up into my throat; my arms paralyzed by my side; a small scream escaping my young lips as I begged God to take me to heaven; as I prayed that the all-consuming fear would go away so that I could catch my breath. How does one explain this to anyone when it has been entrenched within since before time began? Doctors told my mother that I was simply "high strung" and that I would "grow out of it." I didn't. Somehow, while I work to accept the reality of my diagnoses, I must also convey to those who are part of my life, that although my illness has appeared to them as a series of unfortunate events, it has dropped me to my knees and sent me careening into a fiery hell of anguish only understood by those who have seen the divide between reality and insanity.

True Suicide Prevention Comes in the Form of Treatment, Bob

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

Former interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob Rae is calling for a national strategy on suicide. While Rae is undoubtedly moved by sadness, he has failed to do his homework. What we do not need is another committee wasting scarce resources to study what is already known. We do need better access for people so that they can get the treatment that they need.

Your Mental Illness May Get You Stopped at the Border

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

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. The police explained that many, if not all, contacts with them end up in their database. Regrettably, it is too late to help Ellen Richardson but others who may be in a similar situation and who may be travelling to the U.S. should check with their own police departments to find out what may have been entered.

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

Marvin Ross | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

With traditional first aid, those who are trained would give CPR to someone in cardiac arrest until the paramedics arrived or staunch bleeding or do mouth to mouth. The ill individual would be helped and then handed over to the professionals. Does MHFA accomplish the same? Do those they counsel end with professional help? The answer from the evaluations that have been done is no.

Ten Lies Your Depression Tells You

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

You are a bad person who deserves bad things. You are unhappy because you are lazy or lacking in willpower. Your family and friends do not love you. Everyone deserves better than you. Everything is your fault. There is no cure for your sadness.

New Hope for Families Coping with Severe Mental Illnesses

Susan Inman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has released its new guidelines for involving families in the mental health system. Since family caregivers for people with psychotic disorders often supply the majority of mental health support, these efforts to create a more family friendly mental health system represent a huge step forward.

The Depth Of Nunavut's Mental Health Problems

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Impact

IQALUIT, Nunavut - The biggest study ever done into the risk factors for Nunavut's high suicides rates has revealed the depth of mental health problem...

"I Did Not Believe I Was Delusional, Let Alone Psychotic"

Erin Hawkes | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Hawkes

The CIA was not spying on me. Nor were FBI agents looking to bring me down. And I was neither the President, Jesus Christ, nor Cleopatra. These, I had heard, are the content of delusions that characterize schizophrenia. Given that logic, I did not consider myself to have schizophrenia. I think that these shallow nuances of delusion kept me in my illness and away from probing psychiatrists.

Youth And Mental Illness: When Stigma Kills

The Huffington Post Canada | Akihiko Tse | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada Impact

Rachel Regula didn’t have a carefree childhood. At age five, she switched kindergarten classes because of the persistent bullying she faced. ...

Mental Health Week: The Link Between Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Living
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

2013-05-06-MentalHealthBannerfinal.jpg Our discussion of learning disabilities is a mental health issue. I was born with severe learning disabilities. By my twenties I had tried to commit suicide more than once. What saved my life was research that taught me there was a neurological cause to my confusion: parts of my brain were underperforming

I Thought I Was Too Smart for Schizophrenia

Erin Hawkes | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Hawkes

People with schizophrenia don't have a Master's degree in Neuroscience. I'm simply too intelligent to have schizophrenia, right? Then why do rats eat my brain, why do voices yell at me, and why am I being stalked by a homicidal man with a sniper gun (I've got proof)? I assume it is normal. I don't have any friends and I have withdrawn from my family so no one but Them (doctors, nurses -- everyone in league with the enemy) diagnose me, treat me. So here are your pills. You would think that after all of this, I would surely realize that I had schizophrenia. I didn't, though.

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.

Why I'm Afraid I Could End Up Like Mindy McCready

Arthur Gallant | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

Anytime a celebrity or somebody in the spotlight, like Mindy McCready, takes his or her own life we tend to only talk about the issues facing that specific person. Maybe its easier to talk of somebody everybody knows of. I've talked about why I was grateful I'm still living because, as I've learned, I have a lot to live for. I saw that first hand after my two suicide attempts.

Finally Working Together on Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

We will always have our differences but for the first time in a long time I truly felt like those who have the ability to create change in the mental health system will do so. And now more then ever the powers that be will involve the true stakeholders: the consumer advocates. We are all going to work together.

Let's Keep Talking about Mental Health

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada
Stephanie Knaak

February 12 was Bell Let's Talk day. A day to talk about mental illness. A day to combat stigma. A day to say we need to allocate way more than 5 per cent of our heath spending dollars on a problem that affects over 20 per cent of the population. My friend Dawn is one of those people.

Why Do We Spend More on Lattes Than Our Mental Health?

Erica Berman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

I've always found it puzzling what people chose to spend their money on at the expense of other things. Now that I work in the mental health field, it mystifies me even more. Weekly manicures, $4 lattes, cab rides, cocktails, botox, restaurant meals: No problem. Counselling? No way.

How We Portray Mental Health on TV Matters

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

Mental health is currently on the forefront of two TV shows that I'm keeping an eye on. Half of my friends believe highlighting the struggles of those with mental illness in a fictional manner only furthers the stigma. The other half believes Hollywood has the ability to use its magic to accurately depict the day-to-day life of those with mental illness.

Some Mental Health Myths to Forget About in 2013

Liza Finlay | Posted 02.23.2013 | Canada Living
Liza Finlay

These bull-crap beliefs become entrenched at an early age and are handed down from generation to generation. But we need to question. Here are a few of the most pervasive myth understandings to leave behind as you head into a new year. Leave these mental albatrosses buried in 2012 where they belong.

What Canada's Government Can Learn from the Connecticut Shooting

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Events like this would never happen if accessing mental health services was as easy as getting guns. Canadians should not feel sanctimonious about this tragedy. The problem is not only guns. What we do share with our grieving cousins south of the border is a lack of access to appropriate mental health services.

For Some With Mental Illness, There is No Recovery

Marvin Ross | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Those involved in the mental health "Recovery Movement" believe the patient is the expert on treatment rather than the doctor and that there is no need for clinical evaluation or evidence-based treatment. This model does not accommodate the needs of individuals with severe mental illness who may lack insight into their illness and are unable to make appropriate treatment choices.

I Confess, Even I Have Mental Health Stigma

Arthur Gallant | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

In order to put an end to a problem such as stigma you must first identify the origin of the problem and ask why it exists. What is it that we with mental illness say or do that makes others treat us negatively therefore creating stigma? I recently had to ask myself this question.

The Woman Who's Trying to End Mental Health Stigma

Krizia | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Living
Krizia

Thursday, September 13, 2012 marks the 4th Annual Hats On For Awareness gala! The event started in 2008 by my good friend Enza Cecchia and her partner in this crusade, Benny Caringi. Like all previous events, this is a night to bring attention to those suffering in the shadows of mental illness and addiction. I was lucky enough to interview Enza & Benny who shared some pretty jaw-dropping facts about mental illness.