Flattening Ontario's Mental Health Curve

The daily COVID-19 case counts and vaccination rates in the province have become a refrain for Ontarians, but what about the numbers as they relate to mental health in the province? Will there be a surge in mental -health issues after living in a pandemic for over a year? And is the province's mental-health system up to the task? Kwame McKenzie, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and member of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table's Mental Health Working Group, talks about this looming problem.
May 5, 2021 - 21:27

Steve Paikin

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What's on This Week

  • Mon
    May 03
    Queen's Park Update
    Queen's Park observers join Steve Paikin to discuss the Ontario government's handling of the pandemic, and other issues emerging from the legislature.Then, a new report has identified many shortcomings in how Toronto police deal with missing persons. Mark Sandler, lead counsel to the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations, sums up its findings and provides a roadmap for how to move forward.
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    May 04
    Adapting Health Care to a Pandemic
    Virtual health-care innovations have been born out of necessity during the COVID-19 crisis. Are they here to stay? Then, leading psychiatrist David Goldbloom on how to revolutionize and improve mental health for everyone.
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    Helping Children and Teens Get Through COVID-19
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