Brain strategy

TheGlobeandMail.com – news/opinions/letters-to-the-editor – Re It’s Hard To Build A Knowledge Economy Without Nurturing Healthy Brains (March 24):
Published Friday, Mar. 25, 2011.   Marshall Korenblum

Once again, André Picard’s advocacy for an important public health issue is spot on. As a practising child psychiatrist, I am acutely aware of the devastating consequences that result from a lack of national strategy on mental health and brain disorders. One out of five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, but only one out of six gets the help needed. The reasons include stigma, lack of resources, inadequate public education, caregiver burnout and lack of research to support new treatments.

The biggest cause of “brain drain” is not doctors leaving Canada to practise elsewhere – it’s neglect of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Marshall Korenblum, psychiatrist-in-chief, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children, Toronto

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