There is humour in mental illness

All of us in our lifetimes have set before us a table filled with blessings and curses. Which is which? That is the decision that we make. All of us.   There has been a great deal of discussion about mental illness in the Canadian media the past few weeks. Our...

Why is there a suicide epidemic in Canada?

We seem to be facing an epidemic of suicide amongst our young people. “All universities are seeing an increase in the number of students struggling with anxiety. Students seem to be more stressed.” They can’t cope with the pressure of exams. “Marking schemes, in which...

The Fear of “Coming out” with Mental Illness

When I first wrote about my mental illness in Convivium magazine, in letters published in the newspapers, and broadcast my radio series, “The Many Voices of Mental Illness,” I was told that I was brave as if “coming out” would be self-destructive. But, that is the...

When it comes to Mental Health Care-MONEY TALKS

I have a mental illness. Lots of talk about mental health care. Partners for Mental Health, a great organization asked for donations to help in their “efforts to build a brighter tomorrow for Canadians with mental health problems and illnesses, as well as their...

Treat mental illness with help, not handcuffs

July 27, 2013, Sammy Yatim was on a bus, alone, when he was shot by a member of the Toronto Police force, one bullet after another after another. At the same time, a police officer had entered the back of the bus, behind Sammy and used his Taser to zap Sammy, after he...