From the Editor
It’s a Reading of the Week tradition that we end the year by considering the best of the previous 12 months.
And this year we have had great material to consider. Readings were drawn from diverse publications, including journals, but also newspapers and magazines; one Reading was a speech given by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (On the rich diversity of material, I made a similar comment last year.)
If once no one seemed to discuss mental illness, today these issues are being talked about.
But instead of just looking back, let’s take a moment to look ahead.
For those of us concerned about mental health services, 2017 looks like it will be a great year.
· Though the provinces and the federal government failed to make an historic deal in 2016 that would invest in mental health services, federal and provincial ministers of health all agree that mental health needs to be a priority, and some type of deal is likely to happen.
· In 2016, Starbucks Canada made headlines for its investment in mental health benefits for employees; it’s highly likely that other companies will follow this lead in the coming months.
· In the past year, more people spoke out about their mental health problems, including a famous singer and an Olympic swimmer; in 2017, more people will find their voice and share their stories.
So – Happy New Year.
Thanks to all those who made suggestions for Readings. And thanks to Dr. David Goldbloom for his three guest contributions, as well as to my father and to my wife for their editing.
There will be no Reading next week.