Mental Health Canada

Why Bell Let's Talk Day Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

Nora Loreto | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Nora Loreto

We need progressive organizations to build off the publicity of Let's Talk and call for a new day: Let's Act. When it feels like the snow will never melt and spring will never come, let's commit ourselves to act. Let's Act and demand more funding to mental health supports, including the improved public funding of mental health doctors, treatments and facilities. Let's Act and reject Stephen Harper's attempt to criminalize people with mental health struggles: help and rehabilitation rather than solitary confinement and life-long prison sentences.

Major Mental Health Report Incoming

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A national commission is releasing a comprehensive study today on the state of Canada's mental health.The Mental Health Commission's report s...

Mom Beaten By Mentally Ill Daughter Sues B.C. Hospital

CBC | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A Sunshine Coast, B.C. woman is suing Vancouver Coastal Health, claiming her mentally ill daughter beat her with a baseball bat just hours after hos...

WATCH: We Need To End The Stigma Around Mental Illness

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Impact

Mental illness may be the greatest public health challenge of our time. So why aren't we doing more about it? That's the question posed in a new vi...

Going Global with 7 Canadian Mental Health Examples

Sharon Johnston | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sharon Johnston

During the past four years, I have met people with mental health issues and those who work in mental health care. The daily struggles experienced by those with mental illness were part of the ongoing conversations.

New Canadian Men's Mental Health Campaign Launches

Vancouver Sun | Douglas Todd | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Two months before comedian Robin Williams ended his life, a photo exhibit called Man-Up Against Suicide was drawing in audiences at the Foster Eastman...

Memoirs Taught Me More About My Mental Illness Than Doctors Did

Marisa Lancione | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Marisa Lancione

The best thing I ever did was to leave the academic texts behind and turn to memoirs written by people who live with mental illness. I don't know what brought me to this place -- maybe some vain hope that somewhere, someone else was experiencing what I was going through. And thankfully that's exactly what I found.

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

Glen Canning | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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.