Why Mental Health Care Is More than Numbers: Brain Injury and PTSD Require Labour-Intensive Specialized Mental Health Care [2019-02-19]

A while ago, I was informed that I lived in the mecca of mental health services: Toronto. There are a plethora of private-pay therapists including registered psychologists and registered psychotherapists here, but most with complex needs can’t afford them and must turn to medicare-covered psychiatrists. The University of Toronto, which has over 900 psychiatrists on faculty, trains one-quarter of Canada’s psychiatrists. Although forty-two percent of the faculty are full-time academics, that still leaves hundreds in clinical practice, in addition to community psychiatrists and a few medicare-covered psychologists and social workers.

But the “roughly 63 psychiatrists for every 100,000 residents” are not enough to meet the need since the adequacy of mental health care isn’t solely about how many psychiatrists or therapists there are per 100,000 population, it’s also about the quality and effectiveness of care provided, especially for those of us with brain injury and/or PTSD since we require long-term specialized care.

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Shireen Jeejeebhoy
Psychology Today
February 19, 2019