Mental Health Issues

An Advisory Panel For Mental Health Issues Needs to Include Those Directly Affected

Marvin Ross | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

Freelance writer, Patricia Jane Teskey, commented on my last blog post that this advisory council was first suggested in 2011. She wrote to the former Health Minister, Deb Matthews, and asked if the committee would "include family caregivers of people with serious psychotic illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder? And if not, when will that gaping problem be corrected?"

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...

World-Record Sandbox Built For Kids' Mental Health Campaign

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A gigantic sandbox was erected in Vancouver to raise awareness for children's mental health, coinciding with heightened discussion on the issue after ...

A Letter to My Suicidal Self

Angela Hartlin | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

I will tell you that I know you've tried what feels like everything to create a tolerable existence, but it hasn't worked thus far. I also know that you have hoarded your past expired medications in your toy hamper waiting for this day when you finally get "the nerve" to go through with ending it all. Please don't let today be your last, I want you to experience what it's like to smile for real again and you'll be taking that opportunity away.

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.

Axe Attack On Hornby Island

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. firefighter who was attacked by a man with an axe on Hornby Island is using the incident to raise awareness about mental illness. Doug Chinn...

Maybe What Rob Ford Needs is Proper Treatment -- And Compassion

Zoe Kessler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Zoe Kessler

The current crisis in Toronto's city hall might well serve as a reminder that as a society, we have a long way to go in understanding the impact of mental health when lives go awry on the public stage. We also have yet to achieve consensus as to what might constitute a compassionate, pragmatic response in such cases.

Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

At long last, people are talking about postpartum depression. Dismissed for years as no more than a touch of the baby blues (or else unheard of entirely), PPD has become an open subject. But despite this progress, postpartum depression remains misunderstood in one very critical regard: namely, that it's something that only happens to, and thus only adversely affects, mothers.

How Mental Health Conditions Are Dismissed By Family and Friends

Sarah Robertson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Sarah Robertson

Someone who suffers with any form of a diagnosed mental health condition such as anxiety, bi-polar disorder or depression, are usually not able to be as open with their family, friends or workplace. There are no predictions to how someone will feel when they wake up in the morning. Many times people are patted on the back and told they are just having a bad day, or to pretty much suck it up.

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.

Addressing Family Issues in a Fast-Paced World

Stephen Rosenfield | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Living
Stephen Rosenfield

If we want families to get the help and support they need, we need to make it faster and easier for them to find that help. While we can't speed up the time it takes to properly address the issues facing a family, we can speed up the process of finding out how to begin with new models. That's where technology comes in.

'Get Past The Stigma' Of Mental Health, Says Health Minister

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Canada needs to deal with the stigma surrounding mental health issues before it can go on to tackle funding questions, says federal Health Mi...

Real Soldiers Don't Get PTSD

Aviva Rubin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpgTurns out the Department of National Defence is eliminating the jobs of medical professionals involved in suicide prevention and monitoring post-traumatic stress disorders. Aren't these cuts a little short-sighted?