Solutions to Stigma and Other Barriers to Mapping and Getting Treatment

First in a series of onstage conversations on matters vital to today’s thought leaders, opinion makers, and policy creators

On October 4, 2010 at Toronto’s Young Centre for the Performing Arts, The Walrus partnered with RBC to launch an exciting new series of onstage conversations.

The first event in The Walrus RBC Conversation Series focused on child and youth mental health; it featured Dr. Simon Davidson (chair of the Child and Youth Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and chief of psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), Sarah Cannon (executive director of Parents for Children’s Mental Health), and Dr. Brendan Andrade (clinician-scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). Broadcast legend Valerie Pringle moderated this fascinating conversation about solutions to stigma and other barriers to mapping and getting treatment.

The Young Centre was packed to capacity, and we were delighted to be able to bring this important conversation to the mental health community. RBC and The Walrus will continue to program their Conversation Series. The next event will happen in the spring of 2011.

For more information about The Walrus RBC Conversation Series, please contact

1 comment(s)

AnonymousOctober 19, 2010 06:35 EST

What a fabulous initiative!

It would be great to hear more on how young women and men are affected and treated differently when it comes to mental health.

Why does gender matter?
- 44% of young women are likely to report feeling constantly stressed (versus 28.7% of young men)
- 14% of Aboriginal girls are likely to feel seriously distressed (versus 10% of the general population of girls)
- Female-to-male incidence of depression averages 2 to 1 and young women are twice as likely to be hospitalized
- Racialized girls experience challenges when accessing services intended to support young people
- Newcomer and refugee girls face additional stresses related to settlement and/or surviving trauma

At Girls Action Foundation, we have been trying to raise the issue of young women\\\'s mental health and the lack of young women\\\'s voices in the discussions around mental health issues.

The fact is that boys’ and girls’ mental health needs are different and need to be approached differently. Our approach to mental health favours an integrated framework for understanding and responding to girls’ mental health needs.

We invite you to check out our recent publication — The Need for a Gender-Sensitive Approach to the Mental Health of Young Canadians:

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