Canadian Gov’t Inaction on Mental Health Hurts Economy, Families: Report

“Most experts agree that the largest barrier to exist when it comes to mental health issues in general is stigma—the dirty word of mental health.

Often times the media portrayal of mental illness does not depict the truth and builds on the stigma,” says Cannon. “In regular news reports, we always hear over and over again about people with mental illnesses who have committed heinous crimes. There is no balance in reporting the people who have done amazing things who also have a diagnosis of mental illness—it is a completely imbalanced picture that we send to people every day.”