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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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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
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How a Report on Toronto's Police Became Look at Mental Health

Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci points out in a report that Ontario does not have a mental health system as there is no coordinated, comprehensive approach to treating mental health. Rather, there is a patchwork collection of hospitals community treatment organizations and practitioners with often inadequate funding. Toronto (and the Province) he says would benefit from a well coordinated system.
07/25/2014 01:06 EDT
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Why I Don't Count on Government Mental Health Recommendations

I don't want to sound overly cynical but I suggest that the families of those with developmental disabilities not expect much if anything to change. For the sake of families with loved ones with developmental disabilities, I hope that something comes of these recommendations but I would not count on it.
07/23/2014 05:56 EDT
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Harper Calls it "Mental Health Reform," I Call it a Sham

The establishment of a Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) by the Harper Tories in 2007 has been seen as a progressive step towards ensuring that those with mental illnesses begin to receive the same level of health care as those with other illnesses. But, in my opinion, it was nothing more than a clever ploy to make it look like something positive was finally being done. Those who suffer from mental illness deserve the same level of care and treatment as those who suffer with other illnesses. No society can call itself progressive when it allows such needless suffering as those with mental illnesses, addictions and their families do.
07/20/2014 10:54 EDT
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Some Advice For Ontario's New Health Minister

For those of us advocating for improvements to services for the mentally ill in Ontario, the appointment of Dr. Eric Hoskins as the new Minister of Health is a breath of fresh air. To help make his transition a little easier, I would like to offer some suggestions for improving services to the mentally ill in our province that will also save money.
06/24/2014 05:27 EDT
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Celebrity Sound Bites Don't Work When Dealing With Complex Medical Facts

Not only do we crave simple explanations but we are often influenced by celebrities or those who may have their own agenda. Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario suggest that we listen to celebrities because of a herding instinct. This is the tendency to make decisions based based both on what others have done in similar situations and the halo effect which gives celebrities an aura of trust extending beyond their expertise. Steven Hoffman, the author of that study, told a recent public panel that listening to Jenny McCarthy (the anti-vaccine proponent) and Dr. Oz is bad for your health.
06/11/2014 05:05 EDT
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Why Canada's Mental Health Commission Is Useless To Canada's Mentally Ill

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.
05/12/2014 12:31 EDT
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Don't Take Away the Joy of Cigarettes From the Mentally Ill

Patients in hospital are often receiving drug therapy and having the proper dose of medications that are optimally effective with minimal side effects determined. They are not allowed to smoke and then they are discharged and resume smoking at the same level as before hospitalization. As Dr O'Reilly pointed out, "the resumption of smoking can interfere with the effectiveness of their antipsychotic medication dose."
04/21/2014 01:02 EDT
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Ontario Can Be a Mean Place if You Have a Mental Illness

Ontario's record in improving services for those with mental illness and, in particular, those with the most serious of illnesses is totally reprehensible. And no amount of government committees can change any of that if all they do is meet, listen and ignore.
03/11/2014 08:32 EDT
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Don't Confuse Mental Health With Addictions

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.
01/23/2014 05:13 EST
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True Suicide Prevention Comes in the Form of Treatment, Bob

Former interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob Rae is calling for a national strategy on suicide. While Rae is undoubtedly moved by sadness, he has failed to do his homework. What we do not need is another committee wasting scarce resources to study what is already known. We do need better access for people so that they can get the treatment that they need.
01/02/2014 12:21 EST
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Why Smoking Can Be Good For You

If e-cigarettes were approved, they could be allowed for use by those suffering with serious psychiatric disorders in hospital. Those devices might help alleviate some of the deficits associated with schizophrenia, reduce the health risks of cigarette smoking, and allow for patients to smoke in hospital without the need to be allowed off the ward.
12/16/2013 05:25 EST