Air Rabbit via Getty Images
artolympic via Getty Images
There's been "little to no effort made to ensure compliance with the legislative safeguards."
They care enough to attend these extremely difficult calls with the hope of helping someone in dire need of medical help and, in my experience, police have become some of our community's most caring frontline mental health workers. The problem is that they are not frontline mental health workers, nor should the be.
Buero Monaco via Getty Images
VANCOUVER - There has been a significant increase in the number of interactions between police and people with mental illness over the past five to seven years, says a new report by the Mental Health...
Thinkstock Images via Getty Images
EDMONTON - Alberta Tory leadership candidate Ric McIver wants direct action on helping the mentally ill, including having those who commit crimes sentenced to treatment instead of going to jail.McIver...
Alain SHRODER via Getty Images
Doing the right thing to improve services for those who are mentally ill is not about party politics but rather human decency. I realized that on Thursday after a verbal confrontation on my porch with my incumbent Liberal who made the mistake of knocking at my door.
I know what a mental illness is but I'm not really sure what a mental health problem is. Is it a problem for the worried well? Toronto Maple Leaf hockey fans have been depressed for years because their team misses the playoffs and has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Young Susie can't sleep at nights and is distraught because no one has asked her to the prom yet and her parents refuse to buy her the new dress she so desperately wants.
When someone is severely troubled, delusional, and potentially violent and we have no beds for them in our hospitals, they may get to deal with the police who are likely to shoot them. Not exactly a humanitarian way of dealing with the seriously mentally ill but one that is likely cost effective. We are not providing appropriate care and resources to the seriously mentally ill and we need to.
People who are caregivers for those with mental illness, physical illness and dementia, have an elevated risk of developing depression. Indeed, a 2010 Canadian Institute for Health Information report pointed out that caring for a person with dementia is correlated with increased stress and emotional problems.
BURNABY, B.C. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced legislation Friday that places new restrictions on violent offenders deemed not criminally responsible for their actions, invoking a horrific ca...
Jacquie was mentally ill, this much was clear, but after age 12 her parents didn't have the ability to force her into treatment, where they knew she belonged. Sure enough, with Jacquie living on her own and untreated, she launched a horrific attack with a saw on two neighbours, a mother and a daughter, who nearly died.
Jacquie was found criminally not responsible for the attacks. The two doctors who refused to deal with and treat a severely ill young lady remain in place today. They are hidden deep in a broken medical system that protects them, but also sucks them in as a new kind of unintended victim of a sick health care bureaucracy.
In recommendations released today, the UN Committee Against Torture slammed Canada's treatment of prisoners with mental health issues. Given that Canada is viewed by many as the "gold standard" in corrections, these findings are also an important reminder that serious problems remain within the Correctional Service of Canada.
A mentally ill young woman, who thrived on medication and crumbled without, lobbied to be removed from mandatory treatment -- she didn't like being medicated. Her parents were very surprised when they learned that, after a year of stability, her community mental health team had decided, without consulting them, to release their daughter from mandatory treatment.
The Ontario Government has announced they will review how the police respond to the mentally ill. This latest concern about an age-old problem has resulted from a number of fatal shootings involving the police and people with mental illness in Toronto. The police are not mental health professionals and they should not be expected to spend as much time as they do dealing with sick people.
VANCOUVER - A British Columbia study suggests about 40 per cent of people with mental illness have been arrested at some point during their lifetime.The study, sponsored by the Mental Health Commissio...