Patients suffer over gap between physical and mental health care

thestar.com By PETER GOFFIN Family doctors are the first point of contact for most people seeking diagnosis and care, but a disconnect between physicians and mental health professionals leaves many stranded. When Esme Hurst’s teenage son Alex started showing signs of depression and anxiety, she took him to their family doctor. His physician diagnosed depression, READ MORE

Anxiety and depression cost the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year

http://globalnews.ca/ By Nicole Mortillaro Mental health is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada. The board found that depression cost $32.3 billion in lost gross domestic product. Anxiety cost $17.3 billion a year. The research concluded that almost one-quarter of Canadians are unable to work READ MORE

Time to bolster Canada’s chronically under funded mental health system: advocates

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ KEITH DOUCETTE Canada trails the pack when it comes to mental health funding levels among comparable industrially developed nations – but advocates say a promise from the federal government to improve services means the time is ripe to push for change. “Access to care is abysmal in most places throughout the country and of READ MORE