News roundup - March 2021

Apr 8, 2021

Our faculty members frequently make appearences in the media as expert consultants or authors. Each month we summarize some of the most recent media appearences and contributions our faculty have made.

 

Pandemic parenting: Experts on helping children get past their germ fear 

CTV News. March 30, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre comments on the longterm impact of COVID-19 on those who are susceptible to health-related anxiety.


Is psychedelic-assisted group therapy the wave of the future? 

Genetic Literacy Project. March 29, 2021. Featuring Dr. Molyn Leszcz.

Dr. Leszcz describes the potential use of psychedelics to help patients explore emotional experience.


New research finds majority of children with autism may be 'doing well' 

EurekAlert. March 29, 2021. Featuring Dr. Peter Szatmari.

Dr. Szartmari discusses his new research on the well-being of children with autism and the encouraging results he and his team have uncovered.



Mayor Naheed Nenshi hopes Calgary’s mental health and addiction strategy can be model for local governments 

The Globe and Mail. March 27, 2021. Featuring Dr. Kwame McKenzie.

Dr. McKenzie comments on the unique role cities can play in co-ordinating mental health services.



Medical cannabis use rising among seniors: Study 

Toronto Sun. March 27, 2021. Featuring Dr. Krista L. Lanctot.

Dr. Lanctot discusses the variation in the effects of cannabis on patients.



Special Report on Neuroscience: Demystifying psychedelics 

DDN. March 26, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre explains the potential for psychedelics to fill gaps in mental health treatment.



COVID-19 and schizophrenia: A potentially deadly combination 

National Post. March 24, 2021. Featuring Dr. Saadia Sediqzadah.

Dr. Sediqzadah on the repiratory health risks that can results from schizophrenia medication, and the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 that people with schizophenia can experience.



Disrupted sleep has small effect on youth depressive symptoms 

Healio. March 22, 2021. Featuring Dr. Cecilia Marino.

Dr. Marino discusses the results of her recent meta-analysis of studies regarding the relationship between disrupted sleep and depression.



Talking to experts about the mental health impacts of racial discrimination 

Bell Blog. March 19, 2021. Featuring Dr. Kenneth Fung.

A Q&A with Dr. Fung regarding anti-Asian discrimination and its mental health impacts.



Psychiatrist Andrew Lustig on the Conspiracist Internet Subculture of ‘Gangstalking’ 

Quillette Magazine. March 20, 2021. Featuring Dr. Andrew Lustig.

Dr. Lustig discusses his research into an online conspiracy theory.



Lessons from the MAiD debate: Medical associations should give evidence-based input, reflect diverse member views 

Medical Post. March 18, 2021. By Dr. K. Sonu Gaind.

Dr. Gaind expresses concerns around the role of medical associations in Canada's debate around Medical Assistance in Dying.



Supporting the World’s Aging Population 

Psychiatric Times. March 17, 2021. Featuring Dr. William E. Reichman.

Dr. Reichman on providing mental health support for our aging population.



'Burnout is real': COVID-19 pandemic takes mental health toll on health-care workers 

Y108. March 11, 2021. Featuring Dr. Julie Anne Irving.

Dr. Irving on the need to address burnout before it develops into more severe mental health issues.



Behind the science: Dr. Daisy Singla 

Sinai Health Foundation news. March 11, 2021. Featuring Dr. Daisy Singla.

A profile of Dr. Singla by the Sinai Health Foundation, highlighting her work in improving the mental health supports for women before, during and after pregnancy.



Could group therapy get a boost from psychedelics? 

Wall Street Journal. March 11, 2021. Featuring Dr. Molyn Leszcz.

Dr. Leszcz discusses the possible benefits psychedelics could provide in a group therapy setting.



Coping with the one year anniversary of the pandemic 

CBS News. March 11, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre shares advice for coping with a year of uncertainty and disruption.

 

Psychiatrists are divided on assisted death for people with mental disorders 

The Toronto Star. March 9, 2021. Featuring Dr. Justine Dembo.

Dr. Dembo discusses medical asssitance in dying for those living with mental illness, and the safeguards that would be in place to prevent abuse.



Professional medical associations failing to provide evidence in MAID debate 

The Hamilton Spectator. March 9, 2021. By Dr. Karandeep Sonu Gaind.

Dr. Gaind expresses concerns about the lack of an evidence-based approach in the debate on medical assistance in dying.



Zoom Fatigue: The Differing Impact on Introverts and Extroverts 

The Wall Street Journal. March 9, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntye discusses the varying impacts of Zoom fatigue.



Women are carrying the mental health burden of ‘worry-work.’ It’s time to stop focusing on stigma and talk more about solutions 

The Toronto Star. March 8, 2021. Featuring Dr. Nazilla Khanlou.

Dr. Khanlou comments on the need to support women's mental health in light of the increased burden of emotional labour they're experiencing during COVID-19.



L’aide médicale à mourir élargie aux maladies mentales enfreint les règles qui protègent les personnes vulnérables 

le Droit. March 7, 2021. By Dr. Karandeep Sonu Gaind.

Dr. Gaind on medical assistance in dying and vulnerable populations with mental illness.



COVID-19 survivors struggle with nightmares, anxiety and other PTSD symptoms, research shows 

CTV News. March 7, 2021. Featuring Dr. Sarah Bush.

Dr. Bush discusses the mental health impacts experienced by COVID-19 survivors.



Are you lonely or alone? Experts say some Canadians not getting enough time by themselves amid COVID-19 

CTV News. March 5, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre on vulnerable groups that may not have the means to access financial or mental supports that would help them achieve more alone time during the pandemic.



Lack of evidence-based medicine in debate around new MAID law should concern Canadians 

CBC News. March 4, 2021. Featuring Dr. Mark Sinyor.

Dr. Sinyor on the need for the medical assistance in dying debate to be informed by evidence.



A phone call may be all it takes to ease pandemic loneliness: study 

CTV News. March 4, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre discusses the benefits of connection during the pandemic.



So you got a COVID-19 shot. Now what can you do? 

Global News. March 3, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre comments on the need to take mental health and connection into accounting when considering what activites are permissable after vaccination.



MAID for mental illness is grave discrimination 

Toronto Star. March 1, 2021. By Dr. Karandeep Sonu Gaind.

Dr. Gaind on the risks surrounding medical assistance in dying and discrimination.



Medical assistance in dying for mental illness ignores safeguards for vulnerable people 

National Post. March 1, 2021. By Dr. Karandeep Sonu Gaind.

Dr. Gaind on the need to protect the most vulnerable when creating MAID policies.



When the pandemic goes away, get ready for the great snap-back 

National Post. March 1, 2021. Featuring Dr. Roger McIntyre.

Dr. McIntyre discusses the possible mental health challenges of post-pandemic society.