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Long before the pandemic, the need to support the mental health of young people was evident. With 50 per cent of all mental health problems established by age 14, the formative years of our youth are some of the most vulnerable.

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For Dr. Mary Bartram, policy director at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, gaining a better understanding of the realities of those who work in the field of mental health and substance use is key to unlocking improved mental health outcomes.

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Phil Upshall, an influential mental health leader who was "ahead of his time", had a strong impact on many initiatives at the MHCC.

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Behind the badge

The Working Mind First Responders offers police a new kind of protection.

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Talking to Children About a Suicide

How to mentally prepare, what to expect (or not expect), and how to respond with language that is helpful, not harmful.

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A mayday signal for mental health

Firefighter Steve Jones on the merits of The Working Mind First Responders course.

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Supporting women’s mental health in and out of the workplace

Because the effects of the pandemic are not felt equally, the Mental Health Commission of Canada is turning its attention to populations that are disproportionately affected — including women.

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The winds of change

Change is never easy, conceded Louise Bradley, C.M., outgoing president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). “But that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary,” she said from her home office in Newfoundland, where she’s been working throughout the pandemic. “I spent a lot of time reflecting as I went on early morning hikes. Moving on from the MHCC wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly . . . but once it was made, it did feel like a weight had lifted.”

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Stephanie Knaak has been studying structural stigma for the better part of a decade. She’s an expert in the foundational policies, laws, and practices in our health-care system that put people who live with mental illness at a disadvantage.

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From medic to mental health advocate

For Pauline Meunier, a paramedic of 26 years, it took a trip to the allergist to give her anxiety a name. “What I thought were allergic reactions turned out to be panic attacks,” she said. “Before I was asked about anxiety, it never occurred to me that my mental health could be the problem.”

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Welcoming women back to work

New MHCC resource aims to support women sidelined from the workforce

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New community-based research explores cannabis consumption during pregnancy and parenthood

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Samaria Nancy Cardinal and the cost of neglecting recovery

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Special Edition: Mental Health Commission of Canada set to inquire, inspire, and improve

Ambitious 10-year strategic plan aims at transformational change in Canada’s mental health landscape

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Feeding on isolation

The first week of February marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a national public awareness campaign dedicated to shedding light on the reality of eating disorders (EDs) and the people they affect.

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Structural stigma: The health-care crisis hiding in plain sight

When Thomas Ungar, psychiatrist-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital and associate professor at the University of Toronto, was asked to describe the structural stigma that spells poorer health outcomes for people living with mental illness and substance use disorders, he responded in a most unusual way.

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Don’t leave your mental health out in the cold

In Canada, most people are all-too-familiar with the physical challenges of working through the winter. From dressing to driving, the importance of changing the way we operate to protect ourselves from the cold goes without question.

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We’d love to hear from you

MHCC is always looking to improve the tools and resources we create to support front-line care providers, policy makers, and those who use mental health services.

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