Mental illness: How do I find treatment, and what happens next?

Global News

Deciding to come forward and seek help for a mental illness is tough; it can be tougher still if navigating the treatment system’s a struggle.

To accompany the personal stories of  Canadians with mental illness, we spoke with Dr. Donna Ferguson, a psychologist in the Work, Stress and Health program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, about how to seek treatment, how to talk to family and friends and what barriers remain to getting better.

Do you have a mental illness story you want to share? Tell us.

How do people access treatment? What do people do if they think there’s something wrong?

It often begins in your general practitioner’s office, Ferguson says. Ideally, a GP will refer a patient who may have serious mental illness to a psychiatrist. But sometimes, Ferguson says, family doctors may try to treat something out of their depth.

“There are a…

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