Canada Mental Health

Maybe My Kids Will Be More Tolerant People Because of My Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Yes, during the most severe times in my life when I was bedridden for months, my body moulded into the mattress, not only did I not even know how to be a mother, but I didn't care. Strength and what little energy I had, was poured into staying alive. But during these worst of times, my children, the older ones aware of my illness, the younger one suspecting, were never very far from my side.

Don't Confuse Mental Health With Addictions

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Consider this. No one makes a decision to suddenly develop psychotic delusions or the mania of bipolar disorder or the crushing darkness of depression. These are illnesses that just happen as do other illnesses like MS or Parkinson's or rheumatoid arthritis. They are not our choice and they are not welcome but they happen and we have to contend with them as best we can.

A Cry For Mental Help

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Imagine this: Every day, you can feel people looking at you warily. They want to hurt you. Even the police are out to get you. You try to ...

Ignoring Canada's Homelessness Won't Make It Go Away

Chris Curry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Chris Curry

They are typically from impoverished families, where addiction, neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse were prominent. They usually do not have a high school diploma. Most of them started abusing drugs and alcohol between the ages of 11 and 15, as an escape from the neglect and abuse that they were suffering at home.

Why Mental Illness Goes Much Further Than Research Tells Us

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Imagine if the true prevalence of cancer in Canada was somewhere around 50 per cent, but the government of Canada estimated the prevalence to be approximately 20 per cent because they included in their estimate only a portion of all possible cancers. The medical community would be in an uproar because there are important implications drawn from such data.

How Many Canadians Have Mental Or Substance Abuse Problems?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - One in 10 Canadians reported symptoms consistent with several mental health or substance use disorders in the previous 12 months, a new repo...

Canada's Two-Tiered Mental Health System

Arthur Gallant | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

Canada prides itself on having a one-tiered healthcare system but it is clear to me only those with an overstuffed wallet who can afford ongoing mental health support outside of a hospital such as a psychologist or therapist.

Medicate Me, Even When I Refuse

Erin Hawkes | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada
Erin Hawkes

Please, someone, make choices for me when I cannot: choose to give me the treatment that, for me, has worked in the past. Medicate me. Don't leave me to myself; I will play with those knives, and may not learn until I bleed to death what harm I have the "right" to do.

How Medication Stopped My Schizophrenia From Killing Me

Erin Hawkes | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Hawkes

In "The Scientific Case Against Forced Drug Treatment" presented by Robert Whitaker in February, Whitaker runs with this, blaming antipsychotics for causing psychosis. Personally, I have been on the receiving end of forced medication. I would never have consented on my own, preferring to exercise a "right to be unmedicated" over a "right to life-saving treatment." While I do not believe that every forced intervention was warranted, without some involuntary treatment I would be at best psychotic and, at worst, dead. Oh, did my voices ever want me to kill myself.

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.

Health Policy Report Shows Underwhelming Progress In Canada

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The latest report card on provincial health policy shows some improvement in offering home care and mental health services, but progress is s...

Does a Mental Health Strategy Even Work?

Marvin Ross | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Marvin Ross

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpgThe Mental Health Commission of Canada is to be congratulated on its newly introduced mental health strategy as Canada was, until this document, the only member of the G8 without one. But does having a strategy make a difference? The U.S. has a strategy and its mental health system is no better than ours.

The Cost Of Mental Illness To Canadians: 6 Facts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2012 | Canada Living

A new national mental health strategy for Canada will be released this week. Here's a look at the mental health issue by the numbers: (Text version...

Will This Report Persuade Harper To Act?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Canada is about to get its first-ever national mental health strategy — a massive report that may persuade Prime Minister Stephen Harper th...