Normal and Bored

There are six million young Canadians starting school this week. From busy, excited little kindergartners to oh, so bored almost adults in their finally final year, yellow buses and slower streets will signal the end of summer as nothing else does. At the psychiatric hospital where I work, we have four classrooms, all part of…

Bleak Midwinter

The holiday season has officially started. I have begun to make a list of the families in my practice that should receive grocery vouchers so that they can afford food for the holidays. I also make a list for the teenagers who are living on their own. I confirm addresses and watch young people’s faces…

More on Safe Injection Sites

The debate on safe, supervised injection sites is intensifying in Ottawa, with a lot of media interest. On Tuesday morning I was interviewed on CBC Ottawa Morning regarding this issue. I was pleased with how fairly I was interviewed by Robyn Bresnahan. She really elicited all the concerns in this complicated issue. Here is the…

Mental Illness and a Sense of Community

Yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen’s Elizabeth Payne summarized the results of Bridging the Gap, a report on Ottawa’s community well-being. The report can be found here: http://communityhealthandwellbeing.org/sites/default/files/Bridging%20the%20Gap.pdf and this is the link to Payne’s article: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/taking-the-measure-of-fat-city-ottawa-affluent-and-troubled-report-finds A key aspect of this report, which uses the Canadian Index of Wellbeing as a measure, is that, in the…