The story of Lexi Daken and a New Brunswick mother’s fight to fix a ‘completely failing’ system

Warning: This story contains content that may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. After her teenage daughter died by suicide, a New Brunswick mom is embracing support received … Read More

Shortage of last-resort antidepressant creating ‘scary situation’ for patients: pharmacists

The ongoing shortage of an antidepressant drug that is often used by Canadian patients as a last-resort treatment has some patients and providers very worried. “Any time you’re talking about … Read More

COVID-19: Some turning to psychedelic micro-dosing to cope with mental health stress, anxiety

Jen Burke lost her full-time job as a clothing store manager because of COVID-19, but says the pandemic has been the most peaceful time in her life. “There’s so many people who … Read More

Should I see my doctor in person or just call? Navigating health in a pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some people have avoided in-person visits to their doctor and more clinics are offering Telehealth services. Dr. Parminder Singh, a managing director of clinical services … Read More

Montreal-based mental performance coach says finding ways to adapt can help during pandemic

Staying mentally tough is a discipline many athletes hone over the course of their career. Experts say the lessons applied in professional sports can easily translate to challenges we face … Read More

Exercise may be the cure for ‘Blue Monday,’ experts say

This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history. Experts say Blue Monday … Read More

‘We are not superhuman’: Health-care workers plead for more mental health support

Warning: This article may be triggering for some readers. Please read at your own discretion. The death of Dr. Karine Dion, an emergency physician from Granby, Que., devastated Canadians across … Read More

How to find a virtual therapist

As some provinces face lockdowns and tighter restrictions, many people are struggling with their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a November 2020 national survey led by researchers at … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Will decriminalizing and regulating illegal drugs save lives in Ontario?

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the country, a silent epidemic armed with an unregulated poison has been killing Ontarians at a horrifying rate. Multiple health officials have sounded the alarm … Read More

N.S. social workers call for systemic overhaul of the mental health and addiction services system

A new report released by the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers finds that social workers are largely dissatisfied with the current approach to mental health and addictions in the … Read More

Coronavirus: Quebec doctor’s death by suicide sends shockwaves through Canada’s medical community

The death of a Granby, Que., emergency physician has sent shockwaves throughout the Canadian medical community. Dr. Karine Dion, 35, who was also the mother of a young son, died … Read More

Emergency department closures continue to increase for Eastern Shore hospitals

The number of temporary emergency department closures keep rolling in for hospitals in the Eastern Shore region of Nova Scotia. “They have increased over the past few months. Closures in … Read More

Nova Scotia group secures grief counselling as search for 5 missing fishers continues

After an already difficult year for Nova Scotians, fishing communities in the south shore are fearing the loss of six fishers that went missing on Tuesday. The Fisheries Safety Association … Read More

Albertans report greatest increase of stress as Canadians’ mental health plummets

Canadians’ mental health continued to decline in November for the eighth consecutive month, according to the results of a Morneau Shepell survey. Read more: ‘A pandemic of its own’: How … Read More

Trail use has increased during the coronavirus pandemic

Kathleen Doane and Susan Vaslet have been making it a priority to get outside and go for walks as often as possible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “For our sanity, for … Read More

‘We’re not mental health professionals’: Even police call for change in handling wellness checks

For the family of Ejaz Choudry, a 62-year-old Mississauga, Ont. man, shot by police, every day without their loved one is a painful reminder of the tragic way he died. … Read More

Canmore athlete shares harrowing story of heartbreak and hope following death of wife in avalanche

Adam Campbell has tackled many great feats in his life that have not only required immense physical strength and grit, but also a high degree of mental fortitude as well. … Read More

Nearly 1 in 5 coronavirus survivors later diagnosed with mental illness: study

Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus … Read More

Former cabinet minister shares family’s struggle as husband battles young-onset Alzheimer’s

Outside Lisa Raitt‘s Milton, Ont., home Monday afternoon, the former Conservative MP and federal transport minister takes a rare break from caring for her 61-year-old husband Bruce Wood to speak … Read More

Ontario man denied government-funded mental health support for having ‘complex’ case

When Elliot Hudson started having dark thoughts, and trouble getting out of bed in the mornings this fall, he knew it was time to ask for help. Hudson has struggled … Read More

N.S. Tories propose mental health care plan ‘with fewer barriers’

Nova Scotia’s Opposition has proposed a new plan for mental health care in the province, that they say is more accessible and “with fewer barriers” than the current system. During … Read More

‘I just hope students know they’re not alone:’ Dalhousie grad launches COVID-19 student support network

A recent Dalhousie University graduate has launched a new tool to help post-secondary students struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Stacie Smith started working on the COVID-19 Student Support Network back … Read More

25% of Canadians say their mental health is worse than in 1st coronavirus wave: poll

Canadians continue to experience mental health difficulties due to the pandemic, with one in four saying their stress level is higher than during the first COVID-19 wave, according to a … Read More

Front-line nurses suffering psychological distress, burn-out amid COVID-19: association

Many nurses caring for COVID-19 patients are suffering burn-out or psychological distress, and many have faced abuse or discrimination outside of work, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said. Supplies of personal protective equipment … Read More

Anxiety and depression due to COVID-19 highest in Nova Scotia: survey

Nova Scotians are most likely to experience high levels of anxiety and depression since the COVID-19 pandemic began country-wide, according to a report released Friday by Mental Health Research Canada. … Read More

New CAMH campaign aims to change Canadian suicide statistics

It’s the most severe outcome of mental illness and for most of us, it’s not easy to talk about suicide. In Canada, 11 people die by suicide every day. That’s … Read More

A Canadian coronavirus winter is looming — and it could ‘amplify loneliness’

Snow shoveling, frosty commutes, and long dark days. They’re things Canadians might not want to think about just yet. It’s only September, of course. So there’s still time to sit … Read More

Mental health: Newfoundland loosens COVID-19 rules for ‘rotational’ workers

Newfoundland and Labrador is rolling out new COVID-19 testing rules for people who routinely work outside the province and return on a set schedule. These so-called rotational workers typically include … Read More

‘Deeply disturbing statistics’ show COVID-19 is hurting kids’ safety: report

Between Alberta’s economic downturn and the Fort McMurray wildfires, Edmonton’s Food Bank was pushed to the limit in 2016. The organization bolstered staff and volunteers and purchased trucks to meet … Read More

13 Canadian hospitals launching national youth mental health project

A network of children’s hospitals is launching a Canada-wide initiative to improve early access to mental health care for young people. Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations on Wednesday announced the multimillion-dollar … Read More

Mental health emergency response service based on noted Oregon model could come to Toronto

A program based on a noted emergency mental health response service in Oregon could be coming to the streets of Toronto if advocates and city councillors have their way. The … Read More

Police wellness checks: Why they’re ending violently and what experts say needs to change

Questions are mounting about police officers’ roles in responding to mental health calls following the recent deaths of distressed people whose families sought help. Most recently, a 62-year-old man reportedly … Read More

People with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence — not perpetrators

Ejaz Choudry, a 62-year-old Mississauga, Ont., resident, was in crisis and reportedly suffering from a schizophrenic episode when police entered his home on Saturday and fatally shot him. Police responded … Read More

‘Canada’s first psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy centre’ changing how we treat depression

Field Trip’s timing was admittedly terrible. What’s been billed as the “first psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy centre in Canada” opened the week before most of the country went into COVID-19 isolation.  So … Read More

Social justice advocate says police not sufficiently equipped for mental distress calls

Two tragedies in recent weeks, both ending in the death of young Canadian women, have a mental health advocate calling for fewer police interactions in distress calls and more involvement from … Read More

Top doctor expresses concern over Canadians’ mental health amid coronavirus

Canada’s top health officer on Sunday expressed concern over higher consumption of alcohol and junk food during the coronavirus epidemic, suggesting this could be a sign of worsening mental health. … Read More

Antioxidants in brain linked to better outcomes for patients with psychosis: London researchers

A study out of Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute suggests that increased antioxidant levels in the brain are linked to quicker responses to treatment for psychosis, which is … Read More

Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s death reinforces need for major mental health, policing reforms: advocates

Almost a week after 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell to her death at a west-end apartment building, the co-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board’s anti-racism advisory panel says she has … Read More

How harm reduction measures are changing under COVID-19 pandemic

This is the final instalment of a special two-part series looking at how Canada’s opioid crisis has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. You can read Part 1 here. Keigan … Read More

How harm reduction measures are changing under the COVID-19 pandemic

This is the final instalment of a special two-part series looking at how Canada’s opioid crisis has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. You can read Part 1 here. Keigan … Read More

CAMH survey looks at binge drinking, financial anxiety during coronavirus pandemic

TORONTO – A recent survey of about 1,000 Canadians suggests heavy drinking is highest among younger people and those worried about personal finances due to the pandemic. The survey conducted … Read More

11 million Canadians could experience ‘high levels of stress’ due to COVID-19: Health Canada

As Canadians continue to stay home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, prolonged isolation and worry about the pandemic has begun to take a toll on mental health. … Read More

Global mental health crisis looming due to coronavirus pandemic, UN warns

A mental illness crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United … Read More

Coronavirus: New research underway to screen for stress, burnout in Nova Scotia health-care workers

As the novel coronavirus pandemic sweeps Nova Scotia, a team of researchers is developing a screening tool to identify burnout in health-care workers tackling the crisis on the front lines. … Read More

Saskatchewan chief concerned about mental health impacts of COVID 19 in First Nations

A few months before the novel coronavirus arrived in Canada, the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation at Loon Lake, Sask. was already raising the alarm over suicides in the community, about … Read More

Free mental heath supports set up for Nova Scotians struggling with multiple tragedies

Maritimers are known for their resiliency, but 2020 has been a tough year and it’s testing the regions’ strength. “It’s been a devastating time for people,” said Dean Perry, a … Read More

Canadian troops urged to seek help as use of mental health services hits record low

By Global News Posted April 26, 2020 1:31 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Canada’s top military officer is urging his … Read More

For people with OCD and illness anxiety, the coronavirus outbreak is a ‘worst-case scenario’

The coronavirus pandemic is a “worst-case scenario” for Natalie, a Whitby, Ont., resident who was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a child. Global News has chosen to omit her … Read More

The best video call apps for large meetings, parties during coronavirus outbreak

Although we might feel physically isolated during the novel coronavirus outbreak, we are not socially isolated thanks to technology. In fact, mental health experts are encouraging people to seek quality … Read More

Quarantine that stress: Limit screen time during coronavirus outbreak, experts say

On a typical weekday, Sonya Kerr logs out of her social media accounts by dinner time. As a professional social media marketer and consultant, Kerr is required to be plugged … Read More