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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, are Bridgeross Titles.

He is also the producer of two documentary films on schizophrenia

What Will Your Candidate Do to Support Mental Health?

One issue that needs to be discussed in this long election period is Canada's abysmal record dealing with mental illness. Despite Prime Minister Harper having established a Mental Health Commission in 2007 in order to act as "a catalyst for improving the mental health system," our record is abysmal.
08/18/2015 05:27 EDT

Withholding Medication From Schizophrenia Sufferers Should Be Unethical

Allowing someone with schizophrenia to remain in a psychotic state is cruel and harmful to the person, but that is what happened in a recent drug trial. But that is what happened in a trial conducted by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Lundbeck Pharmaceutical to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. earlier this year.
07/21/2015 04:59 EDT

New Leadership, Same Problems at the Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) announced in April that the Hon. Michael Wilson was taking over as chair. He knows the pain of being a family member and of advocating for improvements which are ignored. What troubles me is the press release which says the MHCC will continue in its role of "advancing the promotion of mental health -- and the prevention of mental illness."
05/04/2015 12:50 EDT
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The Only Thing That Will Improve Mental Illness Treatment Is Science

Science may not be as well advanced in the treatment of the most serious of mental illnesses as they are in other areas but, hopefully, we will get there sooner than later. But that goal will be achieved by scientists some of whom work at CAMH and not by those suggesting we convene a group of people with lived experience to solve these puzzles.
04/28/2015 07:38 EDT

The Minister of Health Doesn't Understand His Own Act

If you listen to Eric Hoskins in the Global TV interview, you will hear him state that you cannot compel a person to accept a Community Treatment Order (CTO). Well, with all due respect Dr. Hoskins, not only can you but that is the entire purpose of that order.
03/11/2015 05:17 EDT

Is There a Professional Turf War in the Mental Health Field?

One of my pet peeves is the use of the term "mental health problems and issues" to reflect mental illness. But, someone recently pointed out to me that the reason we use the vague term "mental health problems and issues" is that what we are seeing is a turf war amongst professionals. And I think that person is right.
03/09/2015 01:04 EDT
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Anti-Vaxxers and Psychiatrists, Don't Ignore Science in Favour of Uninformed Views

The use of medications is a matter between a patient and his/her doctor and, for schizophrenia, is considered to be the cornerstone of treatment. Peter Buckley, MD, a psychiatrist and expert in schizophrenia, and dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University described it as the "bedrock of managing schizophrenia". Fixmentalhealth disagrees but provides no evidence or qualifications.
02/05/2015 05:37 EST
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An Advisory Panel For Mental Health Issues Needs to Include Those Directly Affected

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?"
12/02/2014 05:27 EST

The Health Minister Can Do Better to Improve Mental Health Services

In his first foray into the policy world of mental illness, Dr. Eric Hoskins, the new Ontario Minister of Health, has just announced that he is "promoting resiliency and well being for all Ontarians by expanding proven programs" and that he wants "the right care at the right time and in the right place" for all. A good effort Dr. Hoskins but you really can and should do better.
11/30/2014 11:43 EST
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With Mental Health Care, the Most Serious Cases Need Help First

Mental health exists on a continuum from existential angst of the worried well to the serious illness of schizophrenia -- a disease of the brain. There is a concept in medicine of triage -- the one who is sickest and in most danger gets treated first and with the most resources. In mental health, that should be those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and the other serious and debilitating illnesses and not those with existential angst.
08/22/2014 05:12 EDT
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Money Spent on Homelessness Research Is Better Spent Housing People

The Mental Health Commission of Canada got $110 million from Health Canada for a homelessness study conducted in five cities. While I am all in favour of research, I have to wonder if this project was necessary. This research has already been done in other countries. How many times do you have to replicate a study before you accept the results? This is more money spent on research and not on housing and treating the most vulnerable in our society.
08/05/2014 08:11 EDT