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NP View: The Truly Awful Cost of Canada’s Permissive Doctor-Assisted Death Program

Author of the article:National Post View
Publishing date:May 08, 2022

It has been quite remarkable to watch: In less than a decade, Canadas medical assistance in dying (MAID) program has expanded from a system limited solely to those with terminal illnesses, to one that is now used by people who lack adequate housing. And it will soon be available to those with mental illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Parliament should put the brakes on this runaway sled, and fix the current system.

BRAUN: With Bill C-7, Help for the Dying Becomes Assisted Suicide

Author of the article:Liz Braun
Publishing date:Apr 06, 2022

While you were busy avoiding the pandemic, a very huge can of worms called Bill C-7 was opened in Canada.

This bill allows Canada to expand doctor-assisted death to the chronically ill and eventually, the mentally ill.

Prior to this, MAiD – medical aid in dying – was available to the suffering whose death was already looming: a terminal cancer patient, for example, or someone with Lou Gehrig’s disease. A natural death was “reasonably foreseeable.”

That phrase no longer applies.

To have medical assistance in dying today, you need to be 18 or over and capable of giving informed consent.

Mental Health System ‘Fails’ Young Advocate Trying to Make It Better: Family

By Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterLondon Free Press Wed., March 16, 2022

Kristin Legault-Donkers, who pushed tirelessly to help others with mental health issues, is being remembered as a fighter who struggled with mental illness herself.

The St. Thomas woman died last Friday, choosing, as her obituary said, “to end her life after a courageous and publicly hard-fought battle with her mental illness.”

She was 25.

“She wanted to make a difference, which is what she did,” Joanne Donkers, her grandmother with whom she’d lived since she was 10, said Wednesday.

“She wanted to make a change in the mental health system. That was her goal,” Donkers said.

Trials Show Video Games Have Potential to Ease Canada’s Paediatric Mental Health-Care Crisis

By Pascale Malenfant
Dec 9, 2021

Over the course of early 2021, 40 youth between 10 and 17 attended 10 anger management sessions at the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Though these sessions had the same goal as any other form of anger management treatment to help patients develop self-calming strategies the therapy was anything but conventional. It involved desktop computers, heart monitors and an adapted version of the hit 1970s arcade game, Space Invaders.

Dire Challenges Facing Canadians With Disabilities During COVID-19

UBCO professor calls for better individual support and funding for health services December 2, 2021

The COVID-19 Disability Survey captured perspectives from Canadians with different types of disabilities and their family members.

On Friday, December 3, the United Nations observes the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in a global effort to increase awareness for the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, UBC Okanagan professor and director for the Centre of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management is currently leading the national COVID-19 Disability Survey in partnership with the Ontario-based Abilities Centre.

The latest survey results confirm critical support is needed to prevent further hardships experienced by Canadians living with disabilities.

Significant Victory for Nova Scotians With Intellectual Disabilities

by Inclusion Canada
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

HALIFAX, NS: Today, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has paved the road to addressing the human rights of thousands of Nova Scotians with disabilities who continue to languish in institutions or in community without support.

This ruling sent a powerful message that there are fundamental systemic barriers in Nova Scotia that deny equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Inclusion Canada and People First Canada, a coalition granted permission to participate in this Appeal, are now urging the government of Nova Scotia to stop fighting persons with disabilities in courts, to acknowledge to systemic discrimination and to remove barriers to inclusion for all Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities.

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Launches 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

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OTTAWA-September 29, 2021-The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health is proud to launch the 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week on October 3, 2021.

This annual national public education campaign is designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established by the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 1992, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

Adults With Disabilities Have Worse Mental Health During COVID-19

FRIDAY, Aug. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News)

Adults with disabilities are disproportionately affected by adverse mental health symptoms and substance use during COVID-19, according to research published in the Aug. 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Mark É. Czeisler, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues surveyed 5,256 U.S. adults during February to March 2021 to identify factors associated with adverse mental health symptoms and substance use among adults with disabilities. Of the 5,119 respondents who completed a two-item disability screener, 32.2 percent screened as adults with disabilities.

Health of Canadians With Disabilities Suffering During the Pandemic

June 2, 2021

The COVID-19 Disability Survey captured perspectives from Canadians with different types of disabilities and their family members.

Nearly 30 per cent of those polled are hesitant to get vaccinated

A new study led by UBC researchers and the Ontario-based Abilities Centre is sounding the alarm over the damaging effects of COVID-19 for Canadians with disabilities.

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, points to public health restrictions and lack of community resources as key contributors to heightened challenges facing those living with disabilities.

The Disabled Doctors Not Believed by Their Colleagues

Miranda Schreiber

BBC News, Apr. 19, 2021

When I was 15, I described what turned out to be the neurological symptoms of mental illness to my doctor. I told him I couldn’t do schoolwork, feel the cold, or understand a book. He suggested I go on walks if I was stressed.

This breakdown in communication, in which patient and doctor seem to live in different worlds, is well-documented by disabled people. Many feel they have to translate their experience, because disability and medical structures seem incompatible.

But this experience is familiar to disabled doctors too, and some are seeking solutions.