Monthly Archives: January 2015

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I Talked. Now What?

Let's talk about mental illness. Good advice, and if you're ready to take this step (or have already), congratulations! That in itself is a very big and scary accomplishment. But sometimes you don't know what to say, or how to say it. Or are too scared and overwhelmed to get it out clearly. Or maybe you've tried to talk with your doctor or another care provider, but it didn't go as well as you wanted. [...]

By |January 27th, 2015|Finding Help|0 Comments

Let’s Talk, Don’t Stop!

January 28th is Bell Let's Talk Day. Kudos to Bell and all the people who participate in this event for the work they're doing to help reduce the stigma of mental illness. Working up the courage to step forward and admit to someone else that you're worried you may have a mental health problem is one of the toughest things to do for many people. With continued efforts to reduce stigma, hopefully asking for help [...]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Top Tips|0 Comments

Rationing Mental Health Care, Part Two: Doctor Fees

In the previous post, I talked about how healthcare administration, by controlling the training opportunities, facilities, hiring and activities of physicians, psychologists and other mental health practitioners can restrict the amount and type of access to mental health care. In this post, I want to take a closer look at another mechanism that is used, the physician fee schedule. Most physicians, in part or in whole, generate income by billing governments for specific services they [...]

By |January 9th, 2015|System|1 Comment

Rationing Mental Health Care, Part One.

Anyone who has tried getting mental health help knows that it can be very difficult to find. Clearly, there isn't enough care available to satisfy the need that's out there. One look at the recent shameful stories about Canadian Forces Veterans who are unable to access adequate mental health resources for widespread problems like PTSD, provides a glimpse into the problem. There are significant practical, philosophical and economic issues at play in terms of how much [...]

By |January 5th, 2015|System|1 Comment