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During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents need support now more than ever — including via universal parental support programs. (Ketus Subiyanto/Pexels)

To build back better after COVID-19, we must support parents

Our mental health and economy are suffering from this pandemic. Parent support programs are a proven way to improve both.
The family of D’Andre Campbell, a Black man in a mental health crisis who was shot and killed by Peel police in April in his home in Brampton, is pictured outside their lawyer’s office in Toronto. Left to right: Sister Michelle Campbell, mother Yvonne Campbell and brother Dajour Campbell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

Police encounters reveal a mental health system in distress

Federal incentives would enhance community support for those with mental illness and would avert police engagement.
Most mental illnesses begin before or during young adulthood, and a quarter of young Canadians have both a mood or anxiety disorder and a substance-abuse problem. (Shutterstock)

Mental illness on campus really is ‘a thing’

Today's students are at increasingly high risk for mental health diagnoses. Universities need to step up.
Parenting programs and home visiting programs can offer vital support to mothers struggling with mental illness, substance use, and other challenges. Research shows that avoiding foster care is better for the health of mother and child. (Shutterstock)

Foster care damages the health of mothers

New research shows that having a child in foster care is often harmful to a mother's mental and physical health.

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