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Marvin Ross

Writer, publisher

Marvin Ross is a Dundas, Ontario writer and publisher with a particular interest in mental health. Dr E Fuller Torrey, in his latest edition of the classic Understanding Schizophrenia A Manual For Families, called Mr Ross "one of the leading Canadian advocates for individuals with serious psychiatric disorders".

He listed 3 Bridgeross titles as among the top books on schizophrenia. These are Schizophrenia, Medicine's Mystery Society's Shame by Marvin Ross along with After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman, and Dr. Carolyn Dobbins' What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizoaffective Disorder. .

His company, Bridgeross, publishes a number of other books on schizophrenia that have been recommended by NAMI in the US, EUFAMI in Europe, The Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and the World Federation for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders.

Three of the top 10 must read books on schizophrenia listed by Healthyplace.com, are Bridgeross Titles.

He is also the producer of two documentary films on schizophrenia
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People With Schizophenia Have Unseen Physical Health Needs

It is the 21st century and yet those in Ontario with serious mental illness and diabetes are receiving inadequate medical care compared to those with only diabetes. This was the finding from a study just published online ahead of the print journal by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science (ICES) and others.
04/07/2017 05:24 EDT
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On The Death Of Carrie Fisher And Anti-Psychiatry Trolls

When someone dies unexpectedly from something like sudden cardiac arrest as appears to be the case with Carrie Fisher, it is a tragedy. And it is more of a tragedy when the person is young like Ms Fisher was at age 60. But what is an unconscionable travesty, are the blogs being written about her by the anti-psychiatry people who are using her death to promote their beliefs.
01/09/2017 06:50 EST
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Another Apology Is Needed From Kathleen Wynne

How long does it take the Ontario Government from the time they decide a program is needed until they actually finalize implementation? It sounds like a joke but it isn't and it is one issue raised in the 2016 Ontario Auditor General's report. The answer is close to three decades provided there are no further missteps and/or delays.
12/08/2016 01:21 EST
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Charter Challenge To B.C. Mental Health Act Is Misguided

Two B.C. patients have just launched a Charter challenge to the province's Mental Health Act. The case in B.C. is a bit unusual in that it opposes provisions in the B.C. Act that are unique in Canada. The two plaintiffs are opposed to the rules that allows a detained individual to receive treatment without consent.
09/19/2016 11:35 EDT
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A Dose Of Reality Is Needed For Mental Health Week

While we spend the first week of May celebrating and raising awareness around Mental Health, we are failing to highlight our abysmal record on providing treatment and resources to those who suffer from serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression and other illnesses. And note, I said illness not health. There is a difference.
05/11/2016 10:17 EDT
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What Can The New Minister Of Health Do About Drug Shortages?

It's difficult for those with chronic medical conditions to be dependent on prescription drugs but that becomes unbearable when they also have to worry about their drug supplies running out. There is a world wide shortage of many drugs which governments are seemingly doing little to alleviate. The current Canadian crisis is impacting those with epilepsy and many with bipolar disorder. Health Canada's response appears to be callous disregard.
03/07/2016 11:28 EST
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Why Canada's New Mental Health Programs Are Irrelevant

Michael Wilson, the chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, has called for funding for a program of citizen gatekeepers all over Canada who can spot likely suicides and prevent them. It appears that the MHCC loves to set up programs that make people feel better but that have never been demonstrated to be effective. And sadly, this new one could be just as much of a waste of time and money. Here's why.
02/25/2016 05:12 EST
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Was Ontario Complicit In A Father's Murder?

Could the horrific tragedy of a Richmond Hill man suffering from schizophrenia being charged with the murder of his own father have been prevented? A recent case is simply the latest example in a series of tragic events related to mental health and Ontario's apparent and repeated inability to address it in a meaningful way.
02/09/2016 03:56 EST