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.
Mental illness is the most common illness experienced by children and teens in Canada.
Genetics will save the day — at least that’s the message you see pretty much everywhere in the media, and sometimes even in the academic literature.
Les investissements de santé publique en médecine personnalisée destinée aux enfants ne sont que de la poudre aux yeux
La génomique va sauver le monde : voilà le message dont à peu près tous les médias se font l’écho et parfois même la littérature scientifique.
Canadians likely had many important conversations with their loved ones over the holidays, but probably most didn’t talk about what should happen in the event they could no longer speak or make medical decisions for themselves.
Many patients with chronic health conditions also have mental health issues that go undiagnosed and untreated
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.
In any developed country, politicians and clinicians are struggling to improve quality of care while reducing costs of healthcare systems.