Canadians have made step-wise advancements in treating mental health in the past two decades. Fifteen years ago the stigma made it hard to even talk about. Today, COVID has accelerated the use of telehealth technology to make mental health support easier to access than before. Dr. David Goldbloom, senior medical advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) joins us to talk next steps on mental healthcare in Canada, and the crisis the COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and amplified. Dr. Goldbloom and Policy Speaking host Edward Greenspon talk about the NHS's stepped-care approach that's seeing big success in the UK, how we can get a new cadre of mental health practitioners, the opioid crisis, and more.

Listen in with David Goldbloom

David Goldbloom is Senior Medical Advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and a Director on the CAMH Foundation Board. He is trained in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Goldbloom’s activities have been recognized and awarded by his peers and students. He is the editor of two textbooks in psychiatry and co-author with Dr. Pier Bryden of the best-selling book How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist. He maintains an active clinical and teaching role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where he serves as Senior Medical Advisor. He served as Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada from 2007 to 2015. He is a member of the boards of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Jack.org, and CAMH Foundation. In addition to his professional activities, Dr. Goldbloom is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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