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People with mental illness face stigmatization because of three things: the creation of stereotypes, the internalization of prejudices and acts of discrimination. (Shutterstock)

We still stigmatize mental illness, and that needs to stop

In any given year, one in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Despite this number there’s still massive stigmatization.
This device will provide results in a matter of minutes – while regular blood test results could take days or weeks. goodbishop/ Shutterstock

Schizophrenia: new blood test device could improve treatment

Blood samples help doctors know whether a treatment is effective or not – and this device can provide this information almost instantly.
Substantial savings could be made by improving everyone’s mental wellbeing. SewCream/ Shutterstock

Mental wellbeing is not just beneficial for you – it can also lead to lower healthcare costs

Our study shows that higher levels of mental wellbeing is associated with less money being spent on health and social care.
Schizophrenia has been identified as a significant risk factor for dying of COVID-19. (Canva)

COVID-19 and schizophrenia: A potentially deadly combination

People with schizophrenia are almost three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those without the serious mental illness, making it second only to age as a risk factor for mortality.
Bill C-7 seeks to expand access to medical assistance in dying (MAID) to people who are not terminally ill, including those who suffer solely from mental illness. (Pixabay)

Medical assistance in dying for mental illness ignores safeguards for vulnerable people

The fundamental underpinning of all MAID requests is supposed to be the presence of an incurable medical condition, but it’s not possible to predict that a mental illness will not improve.
Courts have failed to understand the role childhood trauma can play in adult criminal behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Criminal justice needs a better understanding of childhood trauma

The execution of Lisa Montgomery in the U.S. earlier this year demonstrates how society misunderstands the effects of mental illness and trauma on criminal behaviour.
Mental health stigma does not only exist at the level of individuals, but also at a structural level that affects care within our health system. (Shutterstock)

Structural stigma against mental illness is ‘baked in’ to our health system, and that affects care

Structural stigma is in the rules, policies and procedures of organizations and society. It’s reflected in systems that treat people with mental illness as less treatable or less deserving of care.

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