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Author: Suzanne Westover

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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Supporting those close to us during a pandemic

Real empathy never begins with ‘at least’ and while it may be natural to some of us, that doesn’t mean we know how to effectively convey it.

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Making spirits bright

While Dr. Keith Dobson doesn’t have a miracle cure for the holiday blues, he’s got a prescription for improving our outlook: We need to manage expectations.

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Community-based research a win-win for underserved communities

“We are all experts in our own right,” declared Krista Benes, director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC’s) mental health and substance use team. “And that is the premise of community-based research.”

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Learning to adapt

To support post-secondary institutions in promoting positive mental health outcomes on and off campus, the MHCC, in collaboration with CSA Group, have created the National Standard of Canada: Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.

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Donovan Taplin

MHCC Board welcomes prominent student advocate

Back in the spring, at the height of the pandemic, Donovan Taplin happened to see that the MHCC was seeking a new board director.

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MHCC injects board with the insights and experience of youth

Medical student, peer supporter and mental health champion Armaghan Alam embraces a new challenge.

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MHCC training responds to the new normal

Going virtual to support essential workers and post-secondary students

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Jenica Atwin

Keeping up with Jenica Atwin

Fredericton MP reflects on a first term like no other

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