Month: January 2015

Reading of the Week: Mental Health Commission’s New Report

You can’t change what you can’t measure.

So suggests Dr. David Goldbloom, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, on the release of the Commission’s new report.

Reports from government and government agencies aren’t exactly uncommon in health care. Too often, they are heavy in rhetoric and light in impact. Last Thursday, the Commission released: Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada. This report is different; it’s worth careful consideration. The Commission’s work offers the first national-level set of indicators to identify and report on Canadians’ mental health. This report considers 13 indicators; in April, a fuller report will contain 63 indicators.

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Reading of the Week: Benzodiazepines, Part I of II

Kids are different today, I hear ev’ry mother say

Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though she’s not really ill, there’s a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

Mother’s Little Helper, The Rolling Stones

On the Reading of the Week

This Reading will be part of a two-paper, two-part series. The selection was made with the editorial board of the International Psychiatry Twitter Journal Club, allowing us to consider these papers now, and to continue the conversation on Twitter and include experts from Canada and around the world. Continue reading