By Stuart Chambers assisted dying, assisted suicide, bill c-14, Canada, Canada healthcare system, chronic illness, euthanasia, medically assisted suicide, mental disabilities, neurological conditions
A version of this commentary appeared in the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Province and the Huffington Post The assisted-dying bill (Bill C-14) was passed in Canada almost a year ago, but not without its detractors — on both sides of the issue. Opponents of the bill were concerned that vulnerable populations, such as those with disabilities […]
By Yona Lunsky and Robert Balogh Canada, Canada Health Act, Canada healthcare system, developmental disabilities, mental disabilities, Mental health, Mental Health Commission of Canada, mental health issues, mental health strategy
Almost half of those with developmental disabilities are diagnosed with mental illness or addiction — and they are among the most frequent visitors to emergency departments A version of this commentary appeared in Policy Options, the Vancouver Province and the Winnipeg Free Press With the recent federal commitment to increase mental health funding across Canada, we […]
By appropriate treatment, Canada Health Act, mental disabilities, Mental health, mental health strategy, mental illness, mental illness help, pharmaceutical policies in Canada, Podcasts, prescription drug, Private health benefits, Private health care, psychiatric hospitalization, Psychiatrist
In Canada, only one in five people with depression gets appropriate treatment. And in Ontario, only one in three patients discharged from psychiatric hospitalization will get a follow-up within the month. Why is Canada doing so poorly in helping people with mental illness?
By Janet Currie and Mark Stabile Adderall, ADHD, Bloomberg, children, drugs, mental disabilities, Ritalin
Over the past twenty years, mental disabilities have overtaken physical disabilities as the leading cause of activity limitations in children. Today, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is three times more likely than asthma to be contributing to childhood disability in the United States.