Mental Health Care

Physician-Assisted Dying Isn't Always A Choice For The Vulnerable

Jennifer Chandler | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Jennifer Chandler

One of the consistent worries voiced throughout Canada's long national discussion of physician assisted dying is the desire to protect vulnerable people. One fear is that people with disabilities may be directly pressured or coerced into consenting to medical aid in dying. More insidiously though, vulnerable people may come to desire death due to a lack of any reasonable alternative to their suffering. For this reason, many have called for us to redouble our attention to providing access to high quality palliative care so that people are not driven toward medically assisted death by uncontrolled pain.

With Nowhere Else To Turn, Mentally Ill Youth End Up In ER

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living

Hardly a comforting atmosphere for a scared teenager who had been planning to take her own life.

How Justin Trudeau Can Improve Mental Health Services In Canada

Marvin Ross | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Thanks to political correctness, we often talk about mental health problems and issues rather than illnesses. Issues are something that policy wonks write papers about (which is what happens now) whereas illnesses are much more serious and require the intrusion of medicine and science.

Would You Expose Your Darkest Secrets For a Documentary?

Angela Hartlin | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a film crew to follow you day in and day out, documenting your daily rituals all in an effort to create a successful film? I have a chronic condition called Dermatillomania, which has left me scarred and disfigured on the outside, alienated and "different" on the inside.

Restraints Are Overused on Patients With Mental Illness

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

In my experience restraints can be traumatic for somebody and usually intensify a situation. I urge the correctional and healthcare system in Ontario to undertake a serious review as to how restraints are used on people because how they're currently being used in my opinion is nothing short of unacceptable, degrading, and inhumane.

A Real-Life Example of Living Triumphantly With Bipolar Disorder

Nichola Petts | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living
Nichola Petts

Leslie Bennett is an intelligent, open-minded and highly-accomplished businesswoman who has fought the good fight with bipolar I -- and is now thriving. At one point, because of Bennett's manic episode, she had convinced herself that the people coming to visit her were not her family, but clones of them.

Can Counselling "Cure" Animal Killer Kayla Bourque?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

Since the Sandy Hook shootings, there seems to be a popular mantra that we need better and easier access to quality mental-health care.This is probably a true statement, yet it seems to me we may be avoiding a difficult truth: There are limits to what mental-health treatment can do. The recent story about disturbing violent offender Kayla Bourque, and the court's requirement for her to receive counselling as part of her release from jail, brings this to the fore. The idea that someone with problems as deep-seated as Bourque's can be "cured" by dropping in for sessions at a clinic for a few years is pretty far-fetched.

Being a Nurse Has Strengthened My Faith

Sandra Charron | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I started meeting people who embodied such strength and dignity despite medication side effects that shook their bodies as they walked; caused their faces to twitch and their eyes to blink repeatedly. Several of these people sharing with me that their faith in Jesus spurred them forward; giving them the courage to continue and try new treatments.

First Aid Course Created For Mental Health

CBC | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada Living

A new course is teaching people first aid skills to help those with mental health concerns and its popularity has staggered organizers. The Royal O...