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Crisis in Canada: Does the Mental Health System Violate Human Rights?

Canada's mental health system is plagued with fragmentation often leaving people without treatment until they are in a state of crisis. Though both public and private sectors in Canada have invested billions of dollars into the research and treatment of mental illness, wait times for services remain beyond what would be accepted for the treatment of cancer or heart disease. Canada's disjointed system and crisis-driven policy leaves new research and models of care untested while the current system remains unable to effectively respond to the needs of Canadians.

Is enforcement the answer to Canada's mental health crisis?
 
Legislative action has been taken to ensure the well-being and safety of abused women, children and people with disabilities around the world. Failure to do so for those living with mental illness does not only tarnish Canada's reputation, it contributes to diminished health and well-being of all Canadians.

Join the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario and a panel of international experts for a discussion on access to mental health supports as a human right with a special guest lecture by Dr. Soumitra Pathare.

Panelists include:
 
Howard Chodos - Mental Health Commission of Canada
 
Milesh Hamlai - Altruist (India), Ashoka Fellowship recipient 
 
Kwame McKenzie - Wellesley Institute

Tucker Gordon - Empowerment Council 
 
Dianne Wintermute - ARCH Disability Law Centre


Join us on Wednesday June 3, 2015
from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Abbozzo Gallery
401 Richmond Street West 
Toronto, ON

Reserve your spot here

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