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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
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
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
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
CTV News — January 28, 2021
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
AMI TV — December 15, 2018
CBC News —June 9, 2018
Stigma can make it even harder for someone to cope with the aftermath of suicide, experts say
Dr. Gail Beck points to link between cannabis use and mental illness.
CBC Ottawa Morning — April 13, 2017
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