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
Mental illness is the most common illness experienced by children and teens 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.
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
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.
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
We need to recognize that Canadians in prisons have the right to the same standard of health care and level of service as people in the community, regardless of what crimes they may have committed or what lifestyle choices they have made.
Jail and prison offer a unique opportunity to access an often marginalized population, to provide needed health treatment and services, and to link people with community-based care and programming.
The Correctional Investigator of Canada — Canada’s top prison watchdog, Howard Sapers — will soon be leaving his post at the request of the federal government as they exercise their right to appoint a replacement.