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Electroconvulsive Therapy …. What does Canada have to say?

Electroconvulsive Therapy, also known as ECT, shock therapy, and electroshock, is a psychiatric treatment that uses electricity to induce a seizure in the person...

MAID and Mental Illness: An interview with Dr. Jeffrey Kirby

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) became legal in Canada in June 2016. In October 2020, Bill C-7: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical...

The Ethics of Psychiatry

A government cannot legitimately own its citizens' bodies. Yet, under British Columbia’s (BC) Mental Health Act the BC government, not to mention governments around...

Benzodiazepines in Canada: Is a Withdrawal Crisis Looming?

On February 15th, Radio-Canada’s Enquête aired ‘Cauchemar sur ordonnance’ (translation: Nightmare on prescription), a documentary about the dangers of benzodiazepines and z-hypnotics. Enquête’s description: Des pilules...

Is psychiatry such a fragile house of cards?

On October 9, 2021 an opinion piece was published in the Globe and Mail entitled ‘Woke’ psychiatrists have lost sight of the biological causes...

When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy?

I start this blog with an apology. There may be people reading who, like myself, look back with frustration and despair that they cannot...

Responses to the ‘No Chemical Imbalance Study’: A Long-awaited Watershed Moment?

Initial reactions to the 20 July publication of the Moncrieff et al. study have included widespread media coverage in some places, and the metaphorical...

Bell Let’s Talk: Are These “New Conversations” Helpful?

January 26th is Bell Let’s Talk Day. From the Bell Let’s Talk website: "In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk began a new conversation about Canada’s...

On “knowing,” activism and writing: Remembering Graeme Bacque

  We owe a debt of gratitude to activists who over the years have written, recorded, created art and cultural work that exemplifies how, when,...

There’s a Fundamental Flaw in Mental Health Care in Canada

Mad in Canada launched on June 1st. We’re just over a month old. Reflection on the mission we share with Mad in America and...

Richard Bilkszto: The man who finally wakes up employers to the dangers of workplace...

Richard Bilkszto was a principal with the Toronto District School Board. He died by suicide on July 13th. He was just 60 years old. According...

Queer and Trans Madness: Struggles for Social Justice

This book puts Mad Studies and activism in conversation with queer and trans activism and resistance. When I first came across what would eventually...

Remembering Don Weitz, 1930-2021

My hero, mentor, and very dear friend Don Weitz died comfortably, in his home, on the afternoon of September 1, attended by his loving...

Announcing Oral History Collection on Mental Health Activists in Manitoba

Stories are us.  Finding ourselves in history, we figure out who we are and where we belong and how what we do fits with...

Kassi’s Mom

Thank you for having me. I walk around angry, jaded and bitter. I am not religious but I have begged bargained and negotiated with...

Loss, Grief, and Betrayal: Psychiatric Survivors Reflect on the Impact of New Serotonin Study

Loss, grief, and a sense of betrayal are felt deeply by many who have been affected by the myth of the chemical imbalance—a myth...

Rethinking Psychiatry …. Robert Whitaker Speaks in Montreal

Robert Whitaker, founder and president of Mad in America, gave a public lecture at Concordia University on November 10th. 'Rethinking Psychiatry: How the Failure to...

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

During the past decade, the World Health Organization has regularly promoted the goal of improving “global mental health.” While it has often told of...

In Memoriam: Paula Joan Caplan

Paula Caplan, a prolific writer, playwright, and social activist, who for decades was one of the most prominent critics of psychiatry and its diagnoses,...

Wait, What? A Survivor’s Notebook

Diagnosis I’ve got that thing where you ask yourself if you’re to scale in their world, or merely in yours.  Spiders The ward is crawling with spiders....

Honoring Jane Whittington: 1950-2021

It’s with great sadness that I am writing of the sudden and unexpected passing of my former husband and best friend Jane. Many of...

Virtual Film Screening – The Wisdom of Trauma featuring Dr. Gabor Mate

Global Bioethics Initiative will be screening the film ‘The Wisdom of Trauma’ featuring Dr. Gabor Mate. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion...

The Politics of Distress: A discussion with Dr. James Davies on his new book...

Dr. James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a DPhil in social and medical anthropology. He is a Reader in...

IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Forced psychiatry is expanding – at society’s peril

On June 19, 2023, The Globe and Mail published, his opinion piece, 'Forced psychiatry is expanding - at society's peril'. From Rob's piece in the...

Mental Health Advocacy and Activism: Perspectives from Living Experience-Based Practices

From Mad in America Continuing Education Thursday, September 23rd, 2021. 1pm Eastern, 12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10 am Pacific Participants will be introduced to highlights of...
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“Detained: Rights of children and youth under the Mental Health Act”

On Jan. 19, 2021, B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth published a scathing report on the rights of children and youth under the Mental...

Appeal to Board of Health to Ban ECT in Ontario

In January of 1984 seven members of the Ontario Coalition to Stop Electroshock, three psychiatrists, and a psychiatric social worker gave personal testimony. I...

BBC Panorama – The Antidepressant Story

On June 19 2023, the BBC's Panorama aired a new documentary: The Antidepressant Story. From the BBC website: In the UK, around one in seven now...

Will We Wake for Pity’s Sake

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. While antidepressants, and other psychotropic, mind altering medications, are designed to decrease...

How are we doing?

We’re 21 months and counting into this global pandemic. And just when we think we’re getting close to the end, this wicked virus dumps...