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How to fix Canada’s mental health system

It can be hard enough to get timely treatment if you only have to drive a few blocks to find it. But what if access to care for, say, an anxiety disorder requires traversing a sprawling wilderness, for hours by car, sometimes through a blizzard? These were the stories that Fern Stockdale Winder heard often from Saskatchewan patients, as the psychologist charged with developing the province’s new mental-health strategy. Even when mental-health care was available, reaching treatment was often one more layer of stress.

1 in 5 Canadian women not satisfied with their appearance: survey

TORONTO — When Canadians look in the mirror, only 11 per cent are completely satisfied with what they see, according to a new global survey.

The findings, put out by market research company GfK, are based on interviews that were conducted last summer across 22 countries with more than 27,000 people aged 15 and older.

Among the global highlights:

The case for publicly funded therapy

Mental illness affects one in five Canadians and costs us nearly $50-billion a year. So why aren’t we treating it like any other health-care crisis?

AED Releases Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

AED Releases Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

 

NDP pushes for eating disorder treatment strategy

Anorexia and bulimia wreak havoc among youth and too little is done in Ottawa to raise public and media awareness. That is why New Democrat MP Laurin Liu will table a motion in the House of Commons calling for a national strategy for eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Collaboration - new online resource and report (Australia)

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration has launched a new online resource and report, both focusing on using online tools to communicate about eating disorders with young people.

IWK reduces hours for eating disorder service

The region’s largest children’s hospital is reducing hours at its eating disorder clinic in the wake of the province cutting

Anorexia treatment for Calgary teen costing family $40K per month

A former Calgarian says she had to send her teenage daughter to Portugal to get the treatment she needs for a severe eating disorder.

When she got to Portugal, Savannah weighed just 80 to 85 pounds, her mother says. (Sandy Henry)
Sandy Henry's daughter Savannah was diagnosed with anorexia when she was 11.

With no residential treatment program available in Calgary, the family struggled to find appropriate care.

They tried a private clinic in the U.S. and even moved to B.C. to access a residential program there.

Nova Scotia health budget clawback hits eating disorder group, loses nearly a quarter of its funding

A group that provides peer support for Nova Scotians with eating disorders says its services are at risk after a clawback in provincial funding.

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What is the BC Centres for Excellence in Eating Disorders?

The BC Centres for Excellence in Eating Disorders (BC CFE) aims to build knowledge and capacity amongst hospital, clinicians, community providers, patients and families in BC to support the provision of high quality eating disorders prevention, early intervention, treatment and follow-up services. The BC CFE links to the BC Eating Disorders Community of Practice (CoP).

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