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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

Will Canada's Mental Health Improve with Fresh Blood?

Former Senator Michael Kirby, who helped bring mental illness out of the shadows with his Senate report, is turning over the chairmanship of the Mental Health Commission of Canada to his vice-chair, Toronto psychiatrist David Goldbloom. Many of us with interest in the well-being of people with serious mental illnesses have found the commission to be lacking.
03/30/2012 07:06 EDT

It's No Wonder Untreated Mental Illness Has a Stigma

Who wants to be friends with and get to know someone who is totally psychotic? If they are properly treated fine, but otherwise, no. Maybe what we should do instead is to spend that anti-stigma money to ensure that they are treated and restored to sanity. Then most of us would want to befriend them and they would live longer with more fulfilling lives.
03/15/2012 12:06 EDT

Has Our Mental Health System Gone Mad?

The Canadian Psychiatric Association just released a position paper with recommendations to improve the system. Psychiatrists are so fed up with the regressive way our society treats those with serious mental illness that they are speaking up and making demands on behalf of some of the most vulnerable in our society.
03/02/2012 04:19 EST

One in Five Suffer from Mental Illness? Baloney!

This statistic does not, in my opinion, tell us anything. It is of as much value as saying that four out of five people have stomach problems, which could range from over indulging at the all-you-can-eat buffet and being bloated for days, to having incurable stomach cancer.
02/21/2012 04:56 EST

Why the Media Shuns Mental Illness

There is nothing newsworthy, unfortunately, in the stories of the many people with treated mental illness who are coping and accomplishing. There is the old adage that when a dog bites a man that's not news. When a man bites a dog, that is news, so most of the media coverage around the mentally ill has to do with crimes.
02/08/2012 04:54 EST

Hey ER: Protection for the Mentally Ill Is an Emergency

There have recently been two tragedies resulting from people with serious mental illnesses being released too quickly from ER. Emergency rooms tend to be dumping grounds for those with mental illness who need special care and treatment. Hospitals need to ensure these incidents don't repeat.
01/25/2012 12:51 EST

Dying With Their Rights Intact

Even though people suffer from a disease of the brain that impairs their rational thinking, most jurisdictions in North America have stringent legislation that makes it difficult to impose treatment. And, because society allows them to refuse treatment, some die. But, their civil liberties remain intact. Or do they?
12/23/2011 10:32 EST

Mental Health Commission Dabbles in Dysfunction

On June 24, I reported that a group of families in B.C. caring for relatives with serious mental illness had not had any response to suggestions and concerns sent to the Mental Health Commission of Ca...
10/11/2011 04:52 EDT

Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia: A Tale of Two Diseases

Who can explain why our society treats those with Alzheimer's disease medically while we increasingly treat those with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses in jail? Alzheimer's disease imp...
08/04/2011 11:29 EDT

Mental Illness in Canada: Forty Years of Neglect

Lack of services for the mentally ill is becoming an issue for the upcoming election in Ontario. Many are not impressed with what this government has accomplished in its two terms. The Liberals took p...
06/09/2011 05:05 EDT