MonthMarch 2016

Reading of the Week: Big Study on a Big Problem: Stigma & Mental Health, and More

From the Editor

Stigma. Suicide prevention.

This week we consider these weighty topics with two excellent papers.

The first, written by Patten et al., looks at the perception of stigma in those receiving mental health care in Canada. The second is a “viewpoint” that asks what we need to do to reduce suicide rates – which, across the West, has not decreased in the past decade.

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Dr. David Goldbloom’s “Walrus Talk” in Calgary: What Will It Take?

Walrus Talk – March 21, 2016

My name is David Goldbloom and I’m a psychiatrist in Toronto at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. And I’m here to ask you an important question about mental health in our country: What will it take?

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Our CMAJ Paper

Happy to see our review paper on iCBT has been printed in CMAJ, the country’s oldest medical journal.

And thrilled to see us land the front cover of the 1 March 16 issue.

Reading of the Week: David Cameron’s “Life Chances” Speech, And More

From the Editor

As stigma fades, as mental health problems are recognized and discussed, we have an opportunity to re-think old approaches.

This week, the Readings touch on two large issues: how to handle mental illness in our society, and what to do about addiction and the law. The first comes from a recent speech by the Prime Minister of Britain; the second, from an editorial in The Lancet Psychiatry.

 

Readings have drawn from many sources over these past few years – journals, books, and newspapers. This is the first time we’ve looked to 10 Downing Street for material. But perhaps it wouldn’t be the last time. More and more, people discuss these issues with thoughtful comments; the political class can be counted among them. #Progress

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Reading of the Week: How Successful Are We at Treating Canadians with Depression? And More

From the Editor

How successful are we at treating Canadians with depression? How could Canada’s health care system serve these patients better?

This is the ‘all Canadian’ issue of the Reading of the Week.

Readings don’t necessarily follow a theme – but we do this week. The two papers are written by Canadian authors; they tackle Canadian topics; they were published in a Canadian journal, The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

The first paper considers depression in Canada, looking at prevalence and treatment over a decade. The second paper champions more effective care for Canadians. Both are readable and relevant.

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Reading of the Week: Chains and the Mentally Ill, and More

From the Editor

How to free the mentally ill from their chains?

This week, I’ve selected three Readings. We open with a moving essay about a man who works to free the mentally ill from their chains – literally – in Africa. In an op ed, Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Michael Wilson argues that the federal budget must make suicide prevention a priority. Finally, we look at a new study considering an old problem: access to mental health services.

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