Mental health services in Canada: WE NEED TIRES ON THE RUNWAY -- NOW!

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Bev Leroux
Mental health services in Canada: WE NEED TIRES ON THE RUNWAY -- NOW!

Mental health services in Canada: WE NEED TIRES ON THE RUNWAY -- NOW!

Undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, so many are suffering alone...

The current paradigm for Mental Health treatment in Canada - if one is even fortunate enough to get medical attention is:

* Medical assessment, diagnosis (accurate? misdiagnosis?)

* No follow up support

* Medication is thrown at the 'official' diagnosis with the hope that it may 'stick'

* Patient is on his own to sink or swim and never seen again unless there's a massive crisis.

The new Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Dr. David Goldbloom,  "sees a new wave of interest in mental illness..." WELL, isn't that grand?

*A new Mental Health flagship organization, "Partners for Mental Health" is 'separating from the Mental Health Commission to be independent as of April 1, 2012. Dr. Goldbloom has turned over the helm of "Partners" to Jeff Moat, a MARKETING EXECUTIVE from the financial and petroleum industries... oh, okay, he also worked with NFP Canadian Blood Services.

* So we're going to have a multimillion dollar MARKETING campaign to 'raise awareness' about mental health. Well, say... isn't that swell!

Hope Floats: Until recently I felt cautiously optimistic that we might at last be moving forward on the mental health front; what with huge financial donations to CAMH, the TVO month-long series “Mental Health Matters” and the recent high profile media campaign with the support of Bell corporation.

Balloons Burst: Lame, rhetorical statements by Dr. Goldbloom in Andre Picard's article... "David Goldbloom on how to move the mental-health strategy forward". Is he a politician or a healing physician?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/david-goldbloom-on-how-to-move-the-mental-health-strategy-forward/article2379416/

Key words: try; a little; really small group; don't control the resources/money; $110-million investment in action research to figure out HOW!; findings will be important; strategy... will be a lot closer to the runway, but it's not tires on the runway; (repeats) we don't control the resources, can only provide guidance not make policy; a really important issue (REALLY? More like a massive crisis!); going to be difficult in these times of 'fiscal restraint'.

Dr. Goldbloom’s actual quotes:

"It's a great opportunity to reach beyond my immediate patients, families and institutions and try to change the landscape a little for all those who will face mental health challenges in the future."

"We're a really small group and we don't control the resources, the money."

"a $110-million investment in action research to figure out how we can best meet the needs of people who are homeless and mentally ill. It's already having an impact and the findings will be important."

"The strategy itself will be a lot closer to the runway but it's not the tires on the runway. As I said, we don't control the resources, so we can only provide guidance, not make policy."

"We're going to keep at it because mental health is a really important issue. We need to find ways to capture the public imagination."

"It's going to be difficult in this climate of fiscal restraint. In Canada, our solution to problems has always been to throw more money at them. We can't count on that any more. We have to be more creative, more innovative."

Yes, crucial messages bear repeating:

Mental health services in Canada: WE NEED TIRES ON THE RUNWAY -- NOW!

Who is going to step up and get the job done? I'll be first in line to devote time and energy to practical solutions.