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Strengthen the role of mental health patient advocate

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Avoid using restraints, coroner's jury urges after death of schizophrenic who was tied to bed ...Read the full article

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  1. Roop Misir from Toronto, Canada writes: Are humans members of Homo sapiens?
  2. Bert Russell Paradox, BC from Canada writes:
    The pseudo science attached to Mental Health Industry needs to be weeded out. One might assume the Pharma Industry is only interested in continual medication to eliminate symptoms, rather than cure ... which would cut their profits.
    Most family Doctors are not qualified to asses or treat MPs and the lack of expertise should be alarming.
    The stigma attached to mental illness and public apathy has to be overcome. Early diagnosis and treatment, not the lip service given by our Politicians at every level.
    Ironically ... this may now sound like partisan politics, but if the so called harm reduction (not enabling) sites were replaced with complete rehabilitation of drug addicts, who in many cases have mental issues ... we could actually restore these people to productive lives and in the long run reduce crime and health costs.
  3. Is there anybody out there? from Saltspring Island, Canada writes: “It's easy to assume that they are all &8216;others,' or raving maniacs that you can't relate to who deserve to be tied to a bed,&8221; Ms. Chambers said.
    &8220;I think if anyone sees people who have actually been in the system, and understand that one out of five people in Canada actually gets a mental health diagnosis in their lifetime, they realize it could be them, it could be anyone they love.&8221;

    Well said! Ms. Chambers shows insight well beyond the capability of many professionals working in the field.
  4. Is there anybody out there? from Saltspring Island, Canada writes: Second try. Well said Ms. Chambers. " It's easy to assume that they are all 'others', or raving maniacs that you can't relate to who deserve to be tied to a bed " Ms. Chambers said.
    " I think if anyone sees people who have actually been in the system, and understand that one out of five people in Canada actually gets a mental health diagnosis in their lifetime, they realize it could be them, it could be anyone they love "

    Ms. Chambers shows insight well beyond the capability of many professionals working in the field.
  5. Jenny Biggar from toronto, Canada writes: I am a masochist so i enjoy restraints, but maybe some people dont i guess. Its also a great way to lose a few pounds. Then again, i am also sadistic and I love to see all kinds of men tied to beds. I like to walk away and I giggle when they scream and yell and regurgitate legal information as if it applies to them.
  6. Jenny charbonneau from toronto, Canada writes: The role of the mental health advocate should not be expanded. The position needs to be filled with more experience, sensitive and educated people and defienately NOT by someone who has ever had a mentally ill person as a dependent.

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