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Does Canada's mental health system need a complete overhaul?

Cheryl Marsh hugs her son Colin Stainton, 11 near their home in Toronto on April 24, 2012. Marsh and her son Colin took part in a program called the Coping Power Program, that helped Cheryl and Colin deal with Colin's anger. On Wednesday, CAMH will announce a $10 million donation from Margaret McCain for mental health programs for children and youth, that will be used, among other things, to hire more staff, create programs and start an inpatient unit for youth with both mental health and addictions.


Canada's mental-health system badly needs more funding, better direction and a bigger commitment to those with severe mental health problems, according to a report detailing the country's first national strategy.

How can Canada overhaul its system? David Goldbloom, a psychiatrist and chairman of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, which produced the report, answered your questions along with Globe health reporter André Picard.

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