Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes has been a fantastic supporter in raising awareness of mental health issues in this country. In her partnership with Bell, the athlete continues to be a role model in talking about how to break the stigma associated with mental illness.
For the teens in Dan McGann’s twice-a-week running group, exercise is therapy. That’s not a metaphor: They’ve all been referred to the group by their doctors after being diagnosed with depression or other mental illness.
In the aftermath of the suicide of actor Robin Williams, we asked Jennifer Brighton to talk to us about her reaction, what people might be feeling and what can be done.
The average wait time for psychiatric help for teens with depression is six to eight months. Suicide ranks 200th in health funding. Yet it is 2nd only to motor vehicle accidents in deaths among young people
John J. Ratey has written several books on the topic of mental health. In Spark, he provides an excellent summary of the current research in mental health.
A tragic coincidence of events reinforces my conviction that Canada still needs a real strategy on suicide prevention.