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Robert Whitley

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University

Rob Whitley is the Principal Investigator of the Social Psychiatry Research and Interest Group (SPRING) at the Douglas Hospital Research Center. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He has published over 100 papers in the field of social psychiatry, and currently leads projects funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Movember Foundation.
We Can't Ignore This Silent Crisis In Men's Mental

We Can't Ignore This Silent Crisis In Men's Mental Health

June 13th is Men's Mental Health Awareness Day, lying in the middle of Canadian Men's Health Week. This is a chance to discuss what many see as a silent crisis in men's mental health. However one high-risk sub-population is largely ignored in both the federal and provincial mental health strategies: middle-aged men.
06/08/2017 03:43 EDT
Summer Can Be The Coldest Season For Lonely

Summer Can Be The Coldest Season For Lonely Canadians

The transition to summer can be difficult for people prone to social isolation. [They] may experience summer social festivities as spectators rather than participants and receive few invites for BBQs, picnics or patio drinks; meaning their sense of isolation may be amplified (rather than diminished) during the warmer months.
04/24/2017 03:39 EDT
Tackling Eating Disorders To Improve Women's

Tackling Eating Disorders To Improve Women's Lives

March 8 is International Women's Day. This is an opportunity to focus attention on the health and well-being of women. One mental illness that occurs predominantly amongst women is eating disorders.
03/08/2017 01:57 EST
Is The Media Getting Better At Portraying Mental

Is The Media Getting Better At Portraying Mental Illness?

Will Baker (formerly Vincent Li) received an absolute discharge last week, after eight years in a mental hospital. To recap, Baker was found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder for beheading a man on a greyhound bus in Manitoba. The action was attributed to paranoid delusions stemming from undiagnosed schizophrenia.
02/17/2017 05:41 EST
Is Society Biased Against Single

Is Society Biased Against Single People?

Many people may experience an oft-ignored phenomenon well-known to existing singletons - that single people can be marginalized in 21st-century Canada. Like all forms of social marginalization, it can result from the attitudes of individual people, as well as from government and institutional policies.
01/23/2017 05:17 EST
What Is The Link Between Tinder And Mental

What Is The Link Between Tinder And Mental Health?

Tinder exposes users to considerable rejection. As a consequence, some users may begin to question their physical appearance, their online conversational skills, and the general integrity of the opposite sex. Some may doubt themselves and their value to others, leading to undue self-monitoring for perceived flaws and defects.
01/05/2017 05:25 EST
Ignoring The Male Side Of The Gender Gap Is Not An

Ignoring The Male Side Of The Gender Gap Is Not An Option

There is a belief, especially prevalent among academics, that certain groups of men are running society for their own benefit. However the statistics may tell a different tale. The government, as well as society, has a duty to take action to help disenfranchised men.
11/18/2016 11:48 EST
False Self Syndrome: The Dangers Of Living A Lie To Fit

False Self Syndrome: The Dangers Of Living A Lie To Fit In

There is a common factor underlying some problematic choices: the natural human desire to be approved, validated and popular. This can sometimes be taken to extremes, whereby young people make choices based on external approval and social expectations, rather than internal desire and individual preferences.
09/22/2016 08:06 EDT
Here's Why Social Media Harms Your Teen's Mental

Here's Why Social Media Harms Your Teen's Mental Health

What is the impact of social media usage on the mental health of young people? This is a pressing question for psychiatric researchers, who have conducted rigorous studies on the topic. These studies produce consistent findings: heavy utilization of social media is associated with poorer mental health.
09/14/2016 04:34 EDT