Last week, like many others, I shared my thoughts about Dave Batters and his tragic battle with mental illness. This morning I read excerpts of the Prime Minister's eulogy for Dave that he delivered this past Saturday. It is a must view, not for partisan reasons, but because of the significance of the leader of this country talking so openly about one of the major health issues of our times that still to this day causes discomfort in some parts of the public realm.
Former Liberal senator Michael Kirby, now Chair of the Canadian Mental Health Commission, and a number his colleagues produced an excellent report on mental health needs and challenges a few years ago. That document entitled, " Out of the Shadows at Last ," helped focus federal health care policy in this area. My hope is the Prime Minister's tribute to Dave has moved the yards sticks a little further.