Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction

Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction

Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse.

It’s time to invest in a comprehensive Child and Youth Mental Health Strategy at provincial and national levels

It’s time to invest in a comprehensive Child and Youth Mental Health Strategy at provincial and national levels

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

Stemming the tide of death after release from jails and prisons in Canada

Stemming the tide of death after release from jails and prisons in Canada

The tragic stories of Ashley Smith, Edward Snowshoe and other inmates who have died while in Canadian correctional facilities have rightly made headlines around the country.

Assisted suicide for those with mental illness a risky proposition

Assisted suicide for those with mental illness a risky proposition

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.

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

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.

Missed opportunities

Missed opportunities

About 1 in 200 Canadians is detained or incarcerated in jail or prison every year. Most of these individuals are dealing with both serious medical problems and difficult social situations and often lack good access to health and social services in the community