Commentaries, Mental Health

Individuals with developmental disabilities are an invisible population in Canada’s mental health system Individuals with developmental disabilities are an invisible population in Canada’s mental health system
By Yona Lunsky and Robert Balogh

With the recent federal commitment to increase mental health funding across Canada, we need to turn our attention toward a group of individuals who are currently invisible within Canada’s mental health system – a group that has some of the greatest needs for mental health services and supports, yet is rarely acknowledged or targeted in mental health efforts.

TAM_CARVERHILL_Medical students are coming to Parliament Hill to lobby for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis Medical students lobby Parliament Hill for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis
By Vivian Tam and Jacqueline Carverhill

A call to the emergency room announced that the ambulance was on its way. Joey, a middle-aged oilfield worker, was experiencing a suspected toxic ingestion of the opioid, fentanyl.

How the Ontario government traps those with disabilities into lives of poverty How the Ontario government traps those with disabilities into lives of poverty
By Helen Ries with Jihan Abbas

In August 2016, Ontario’s Ombudsman released “Nowhere to Turn,” a report outlining multiple systemic failures in provincial supports and services that lead to crisis for many adults with developmental disabilities.

Defusing the ticking time bomb that can be postpartum depression
By Nicole Letourneau and Cindy Lee Dennis

Recently a distraught young mother from British Columbia took her own life while in the grip of postpartum depression, leaving behind a grieving husband and infant son. She was a Registered Nurse and had been seeking treatment for depression and anxiety. Tragically, the health care system she worked for was unable to help her.

Funding community-based programs can help reduce male suicide
By John Oliffe and Britney Dennison

Jason was in Grade 5 when he started having feelings for other boys. Because of those feelings he was called names, beaten up in school and even sexually assaulted. Since high school, Jason has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He has also survived a suicide attempt.

It’s time to invest in a comprehensive Child and Youth Mental Health Strategy at provincial and national levels
By Mariette Chartier and Marni Brownell

Mental illness is the most common illness experienced by children and teens in Canada.

Assisted suicide for those with mental illness a risky proposition Assisted suicide for those with mental illness a risky proposition
By Harvey Max Chochinov

Who but those who have experienced it can appreciate the soul crushing anguish of mental illness? Afflictions of the mind can be paralyzing and fundamentally change the way we perceive ourselves (I am worthless), anticipate the future (my prospects are hopeless), and experience the world (life is unfair and unforgiving). The combination of self-loathing, hopelessness and despair can tragically lead to suicide.

Five ways we can reduce suicides in Canada Five ways we can reduce suicides in Canada
By Jitender Sareen and Cara Katz

The death of comedian Robin Williams last month sparked a worldwide discussion about suicide, its underlying causes and how it might be prevented.

Why Canada needs a national plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’s Why Canada needs a national plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’s
By Howard Feldman and Carole Estabrooks

One of the biggest threats to quality of life and health in aging is the loss of cognitive abilities and functional autonomy that are associated with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Many patients with chronic health conditions also have mental health issues that go undiagnosed and untreated Many patients with chronic health conditions also have mental health issues that go undiagnosed and untreated
By Paul Kurdyak and Sanjeev Sockalingam

Our health system often divides mental health from physical health into distinct silos of care and treatment, yet no such mind-body duality exists in actual patients.


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