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.
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". <br> <br> He listed 3 Bridgeross titles as among the top books on schizophrenia. These are <em>Schizophrenia, Medicine's Mystery Society's Shame</em> 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. . <br> <br> His company, <a href="http://bridgeross.com/" rel="nofollow"> Bridgeross</a>, 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. <br> <br> Three of the top 10 must read books on schizophrenia listed by <a href="http://www.healthyplace.com/thought-disorders/books/books-on-schizophrenia/#.T5bNuvZmXvw.twitter" rel="nofollow">Healthyplace.com</a>, are Bridgeross Titles. <br> <br> He is also the producer of <a href="http://bridgeross.com/videos.html" rel="nofollow"> two documentary films</a> on schizophrenia
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
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
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
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
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.
05/23/2014 06:22 EDT
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
The upcoming Ontario election poses a difficult problem for those of us advocating for improved services for mental illnesses. It would seem that none of the parties care about this issue. That is most certainly the case for the ruling Liberal party as I've pointed out in recent blog posts.
05/07/2014 05:54 EDT
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
Not having proper services for serious mental illnesses has already resulted in all of the problems listed by the various reports done by governments -- homelessness, incarceration, destroyed lives and fractured families. What we need and we need it now is political action to bring about the needed changes.
04/02/2014 12:34 EDT
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
In the Western Hemisphere, the term salience syndrome has been suggested as an alternative to the term schizophrenia. But a study that attempted to see if changing the name would make any difference in people's responses to the mental illness found that it would not.
02/17/2014 07:06 EST
Who protects the public when health professionals are either incompetent or engage in wrong doing? In almost all jurisdictions, health professionals regulate themselves. And that, in my own opinion, is a problem.
02/03/2014 12:09 EST
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
It is highly regrettable that no one in the Joseph Brant ER that day took a video of Douglas Brown being beaten and tasered by the police. Had someone done that and put it on YouTube, then maybe there would be an outcry. Police accountability, it seems, is dependent on private citizens and their cell phones.
01/15/2014 12:15 EST
Frustrated with the mental health care system's failure to involve families of those with serious mental illness, a Richmond Hill Ontario mother filed a discrimination complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against two local health authorities. And while she did not win her argument, she feels that she did win a moral victory.
01/10/2014 07:44 EST
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
If only a Canadian politician would do this. Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania recently introduced a bill
12/19/2013 12:29 EST
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
I was not the least bit surprised when I read that Ellen Richardson was banned entry into the U.S. because she suffered with depression and had a history of attempted suicide. That was unconscionable, but I do have a suggestion that may help prevent this for others. The police explained that many, if not all, contacts with them end up in their database. Regrettably, it is too late to help Ellen Richardson but others who may be in a similar situation and who may be travelling to the U.S. should check with their own police departments to find out what may have been entered.
12/11/2013 12:30 EST
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