As a child psychiatrist, a writer and an internationally renowned speaker, I often participate in media appearances, interviews, and panel discussions. I’m proud to speak on the issues I’m passionate about and I’m always excited to listen and exchange ideas.

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Latest Media 

Today’s letters: Simone Biles’ courage

As someone whose patients are pretty much the same age as Biles, I know it takes courage to acknowledge mental health struggles – especially your own. My young patients understood perfectly what Biles had to face to speak about her mental health. 

Ottawa Citizen Letters — July 30, 2021

Today’s letters: COVID has brought a mental health crisis too

Mental health has always been the poor cousin of health care. Health professionals who work in mental health have been warning governments and the public that we are not prepared for a mental health crisis. 

Ottawa Citizen Letters — April 26, 2021

Loss of social interactions means trouble with building social skills, psychiatrist says

Dr. Gail Beck, clinical director of youth mental health at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, says teens use social interactions to build skills that serve them for the rest of their lives, something that has been curtailed by the pandemic.

CBC News — March 14, 2021

Beck: YEAR ONE – Youthful optimism is the inspiration we all need

Young people have had to become flexible about their education while confronting the stresses of isolation. But they’ve also gotten to know their families better, and some have discovered they like their siblings.

Ottawa Citizen — March 9, 2021

Beck: Don’t take March Break away from our students

Normal education routines have been disrupted for children and youth around the world and evidence shows that their mental health is compromised because of it.

Ottawa Citizen — February 7, 2021

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Youth Mental Health

CTV News — January 28, 2021

 

Beck: Two years after marijuana legalization, government owes us information

A robust public health campaign has not been undertaken. Nor has there been an increase in research into the impacts even though there are many health-related claims about cannabis use.

Ottawa Citizen — October 26, 2020

Previous Media 

Challenges and Change with Craig Oliver

AMI TV — December 15, 2018

 

‘Left behind’: The struggle people can face after a loved one dies by suicide

CBC News —June 9, 2018

Stigma can make it even harder for someone to cope with the aftermath of suicide, experts say

 

Legal marijuana plan needs public health focus: Ottawa psychiatrist

Dr. Gail Beck points to link between cannabis use and mental illness. 

CBC Ottawa Morning — April 13, 2017

Beck: Here’s why the legal age for cannabis use should be higher, not lower

Every day in the Youth Program at The Royal, my colleagues and I see young people whose mental illnesses are complicated by the use and abuse of cannabis or a dependence on this drug. We provide these young people and their families with information on the impact of marijuana on the developing brain, including articles and research papers. We are often able to convince young people to decrease their marijuana consumption and, in many cases, to stop using it altogether.

Unfortunately, legislators may not be as aware of the risks of cannabis on the developing brain as mental health professionals are.

Ottawa Citizen — April 13, 2017