Mental Health

Mental health therapies should be fully funded by medicare

Mental health therapies should be fully funded by medicare

Publicly funding comprehensive treatment for depression is cost-effective   Could we be doing more to prevent suicide in Canada?  The answer is an unmitigated, yes. Access to timely and appropriate interventions for depression, including drug therapy and psychotherapy,can significantly improve health outcomes and reduce the number of deaths by suicide. Yet these needs are not […]

A global uprising against rape case injustices

A global uprising against rape case injustices

Tens of thousands of people marched in Spain in April, protesting for three days over a court’s failure to convict five men of the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016. The men had offered to walk the teenager to her car, but instead they took her to the […]

When a new mom has disturbing and uncontrolled thoughts about hurting her baby, help is available

When a new mom has disturbing and uncontrolled thoughts about hurting her baby, help is available

Postpartum OCD is frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood – but it is treatable   In January, a new mother in California became part of a viral Facebook post that described her baby’s four-month postpartum checkup. As a result of the thoughts she shared with her health care providers, the police were called and she was escorted […]

Sometimes it’s just not enough to heal the body

Sometimes it’s just not enough to heal the body

Three years later: Robin Williams and reporting on the “S-word”

Three years later: Robin Williams and reporting on the “S-word”

We need to talk about male suicide

We need to talk about male suicide

Political scientist Shannon Sampert says not enough is being done to help the group of Canadians who are most likely to die by suicide — men, especially those who are middle-aged.

Public health ignores men’s suicide

Public health ignores men’s suicide

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

Medical students lobby Parliament Hill for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis

Medical students lobby Parliament Hill for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis

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.

Defusing the ticking time bomb that can be postpartum depression

Defusing the ticking time bomb that can be postpartum depression

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.