Persons Day 2016

On October 18, 1929, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain handed down the decision that women were “persons” under the law. Today it is easy to forget that this was not always considered to be the case and that women have had to fight for rights that men took for granted…

May Cohen and Me

This past weekend, I received the May Cohen Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. I have known Dr. May Cohen for almost 20 years. She was the co-founder of the first centre for women’s health in Canada at McMaster University. The Federation gives this award every year to the member who transfers…

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…

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…