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Author: Suzanne Westover

Parenting on mute

There is a “secret society” at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), just like there is at every workplace across the country. Its members recognize each other through various signs and signals — some subtle, others less so.

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Celebrating a behind-the-scenes champion

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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A critical piece of the puzzle

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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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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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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Michel Rodrigue

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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Changing the culture of care

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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The limits of diagnosis

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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