Aftermath

World Suicide Prevention Day can be difficult for those who’ve lost a loved one who suffered from a mental illness. It can also be difficult for psychiatrists, as I was reminded on the day after I participated in a Facebook event to provide information to parents on how to talk with their children about suicide.…

Outbreak

This is the week that those of us who work in mental health usually think about suicide prevention and we are doing that in the Youth Program at The Royal. However, I am also researching red measles and contemplating whether there is anything particular for us to do considering the outbreak of 3 cases in…

Managing tPSA Stress

There is so much online right now about the tentative Physician Services Agreement – some of it fact and some of it not – one wonders what else could be said. If you’ve come to this thinking that the Chair of the Ontario Medical Association Board is going to say anything about the tentative Physician…

Patient Accountability

The Ottawa Citizen published my letter on patient accountability. This is one very important aspect of the tentative Physician Services Agreement, that the government finally acknowledges a need for patients to take responsibility for their own healthcare. Here is the text of the letter: Thank you to Mr. Reevely for interviewing Dr. Walley and reporting…

Family Estrangement

A few weeks ago, the editors of The Scientific Parent asked me to provide advice on how to talk to children about the situation when family members are estranged from each other. Everyone has experienced this and it is often difficult for adults to understand. Imagine how difficult it is, then, for a child to…

Pool Shark

If you have a look at the picture above, I’m sure you’ll agree that I am an unlikely pool shark but some pool skills are a good tool for any psychiatrist who looks after adolescents. A game of pool is an excellent opportunity to have a conversation with a young person or a group of…

Renewing the Ontario Medical Foundation

On Friday I graduated from the 6th cohort of the Physician Leadership Development Program. This program was developed by the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and York University’s Schulich School of Business to help physicians in Ontario develop Leadership skills. The program required that I work on a project to demonstrate that I…

My Expertise in Bad News

Most writers love to have a piece that people read over and over and, in general, I am the same way. Having said this, my second most popular blog, which is published on The Scientific Parent website http://thescientificparent.org/, has been reposted and read more often that I ever wanted or would like. The particular blog is…