Mental Health issues to be discussed at public forum tonight

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A public forum in St. John's this evening will highlight mental health initiatives being undertaken by the provincial government and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
It will also provide an opportunity for the general public, mental health professionals and community groups to discuss mental health issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Capital Hotel and is to be hosted by Health Minister Jerome Kennedy.
Representatives from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Senator Michael Kirby, chair; Dr. David Goldbloom, vice-chair; Louise Bradley, CEO; and Dr. Howard Chodos, vice-president; will also participate in the forum. A question and answer session will follow.
"Our government is aware of the profound effect that mental health and addictions issues have on individuals, families and our communities," Kennedy said. "We are making significant investments in mental health and addictions services in the province to ensure individuals have access to these services when and where needed. In addition, we are listening to stakeholders and individuals to hear from them directly how we can improve the services being provided."

Organizations: Mental Health Commission of Canada, Capital Hotel

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Nick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    'Our government is aware of the profound effect that mental health and addictions issues have on individuals, families and our communities,' Kennedy said.

    Mental health and addiction issues are mutually exclusive. If you tally up the number of people who do not have mental health issues, and those that do have mental health issues, I would be willing to bet you would find many multiples more people with addiction issues who do not have mental health issues. This stereotyping is not helpful for those who need treatment for mental health issues, and is part of the broader problem of the public's perception of people who, through no fault of their own, suffer from some form of mental health disease. Addiction, whether it be illegal drug or legal drug (alcohol) addiction, should be considered independent. Else, anyone who drinks may be considered by society to have mental health problems, which is simply untrue. This image will be hard to shake since western governments have villified for decades the use of illegal drugs by all means, including grouping people with bonafide mental health issues with those of drug and legal drug (alcohol) addicts. Luckily, society revolted against alcohol prohibition and managed to divest alcohol drinkers from the image of mental issues.

    Once again, Kennedy is out of touch and has alienated those who may need treatment for mental issues for fear of being grouped together with those people in need of addiction help.

  • john
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I have a 13 year old child who has Tourettes Syndrome and has been in treatment in ontario for 19 months and now hasto go to calgary for how long God only knows..Can you tell me this is fair to him or to us to be away from his family and friends for this long because this province has NOTHING to offer him..I am Disgraced

  • Nick
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    'Our government is aware of the profound effect that mental health and addictions issues have on individuals, families and our communities,' Kennedy said.

    Mental health and addiction issues are mutually exclusive. If you tally up the number of people who do not have mental health issues, and those that do have mental health issues, I would be willing to bet you would find many multiples more people with addiction issues who do not have mental health issues. This stereotyping is not helpful for those who need treatment for mental health issues, and is part of the broader problem of the public's perception of people who, through no fault of their own, suffer from some form of mental health disease. Addiction, whether it be illegal drug or legal drug (alcohol) addiction, should be considered independent. Else, anyone who drinks may be considered by society to have mental health problems, which is simply untrue. This image will be hard to shake since western governments have villified for decades the use of illegal drugs by all means, including grouping people with bonafide mental health issues with those of drug and legal drug (alcohol) addicts. Luckily, society revolted against alcohol prohibition and managed to divest alcohol drinkers from the image of mental issues.

    Once again, Kennedy is out of touch and has alienated those who may need treatment for mental issues for fear of being grouped together with those people in need of addiction help.

  • john
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I have a 13 year old child who has Tourettes Syndrome and has been in treatment in ontario for 19 months and now hasto go to calgary for how long God only knows..Can you tell me this is fair to him or to us to be away from his family and friends for this long because this province has NOTHING to offer him..I am Disgraced