Is Declining Life Expectancy in Canada Due Mental Health, Addiction, and Suicide?

Life expectancy in Canada declining. Grieving couple at friend's funeral.

According to a 2018 study published in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, life expectancy in Canada is higher than in the United States.[1] However, the rates of “deaths of despair” (i.e. poisoning, suicide, and alcoholic liver disease) have increased in recent years which may be contributing to declining life expectancy in Canada.[2] Should we be … Read more

The Need for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Care

Written by Hillary Webster, Writer at EHN Canada. The Need for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Care “Do you know what PrEP is?” asked my friend, casually. “Uh… no.” I scolded myself silently. I’ve worked in healthcare for years, but this was an acronym that had slipped my mind. “Well, neither did my doctor in New York. … Read more

Drug Decriminalization: The Success of the Portugal Model

Feature by EHN Guest Writer Written by Adam Fisher, a former Director at Renascent and EHN Canada, writer, researcher, and photographer. He has been in recovery since June, 2004. Throughout the 1990’s Portugal was in the depths of a national epidemic, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths per year, in a country of only 10 million … Read more

How Our Occupational Therapists Help Trauma Patients

Our Therapists Helping Trauma Patients EHN Canada

Most of us take for granted our ability to complete the most basic steps associated with self care and social engagement. We never really consider that brushing one’s teeth, taking a shower, or having even the briefest social interaction with a stranger may be an emotionally strenuous task for some individuals. Naturally, when a person … Read more

Integrated Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Concurrent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Is The Most Effective Approach

Integrated Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Concurrent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Is The Most Effective Approach EHN Canada

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after an individual has been exposed to a traumatic event such as death, serious injury, or a threat of harm to themselves or to others. When exposed to such events, it is normal to feel intense fear, helplessness, and horror, but in most cases, these feelings are eventually resolved—but, … Read more