The federal government's latest COVID response bill has $116-million to expand virtual care and mental health services. While Parliamentarians welcome the investments, some are saying it doesn't match the scale of the mental health problem facing Canadians.
A national suicide prevention strategy, like those implemented in countries around the world, could go a long way in preventing the 4,000 deaths by suicide every year in Canada. Quebec's provincial strategy nearly halved the province's suicide rate.
The view that opioid addiction is a moral weakness must be replaced with the realization that it is a treatable condition and one that is often the result of medically prescribed pain reduction strategies.
Eating healthy, keeping the alcohol consumption low, and exercising have been must-dos for me. Whenever I've felt I need an exercise pick-me-up, I binge watch The World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji. It makes the virus just seem like a pimple on the arse of life.
The mental health and substance use workforce is severely understudied. As Canadians' mental health needs increase during the pandemic and beyond, measuring this crucial sector's capacity is key to matching mental health services with mental health needs.