Mental Illness (working title)

Chai, Carmen. “These 3 Groups Are at 'High Risk' of Mental Health Issues in Canada. Here's Why.” Global News, 1 May 2017,

This article is an effective source because it contains an abundance of facts and statistics in regards to mental health in Canada. It also treats mental illness as a legitimate issue affecting canadians everywhere which will help support the argument of my podcast. It also cites ways in which to get help if you are suffering from mental illness which I will also likely need for my podcast.


“Mental Illness and Addictions: Facts and Statistics.” For Reporters, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,

This is a legitimate and in depth source which lays out the facts surrounding Canadian mental health in great detail which will be endlessly helpful when constructing my podcast. I especially like that it goes into statistics for stigmas on mental illness which provides an insight not only to how mental illness affects Canada but what Canadians think in regards to the rise of mental illness as well as how stigma affects them. The statistics also gives information on what it costs society to accommodate the growing population suffering from mental illness which I can likely use in my podcast to broaden perspective.



Pardy, Bruce, Head Starts and Extra Time: Academic Accommodation on Post-Secondary Exams and Assignments for Cognitive and Mental Disabilities (August 23, 2016). (2016) 25 Education and Law Journal 191. Available at SSRN:


This paper was written by Bruce Pardy, a law professor at Queen's University. In it he writes his complaints about the current changes that universities have made to accommodate their students who struggle with mental and cognitive disorders. Since the paper and its author were mentioned in the opinion piece my podcast will be surrounding, I think it will be useful to have this paper as one point of view in my podcast as well. It will further expand on the opinion the author of said article was expressing. This way we can get the most complete view of their perspective as possible.


Rae Spiwak, et al. “Suicide Policy in Canada: Lessons From History.” Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne De Santé Publique, vol. 103, no. 5, 2012, pp. e338–e341. JSTOR, JSTOR,


This article was written during the latest major rise in Canadian suicide rates. It also looks over suicide in Canada throughout our history. This will give us a broader view of Canada’s relationship with mental illness and the progression of Canada’s mental health as well as the government's responses to suicide.


White, Shelley. “The Generation Z Effect.” The Globe and Mail, 25 Mar. 2017,

This is an article from the Globe and Mail by journalist Shelley White. While this article is a bit old it highlights how new generations generally struggle more with finding a career than their predecessors. It also hits a personal angle by going into the perspectives of family;s who have to deal with it which does a good job i showing how real of a problem this is for youth today. Ironically it is an article by news cite as the opinion piece my podcast surrounds.

Brownstein, Ronald. “Even Baby Boomers Think It's Harder to Get Started Than It Used to Be.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 11 June 2015,

This is a business article published by The Atlantic. While this is American statistics and I will look for a more in depth article that is relevant to Canada this still serves to show the contrast between generations and the increasing difficulty to find work.


Wakefield, Jerome C. “The Concept of Mental Disorder: On the Boundary between Biological Facts and Social Values.”PsycARTICLES, 1992,


This article links mental illnesses with biological factors. It attempts to explain why people become mentally ill both through biology and through changes in culture and the role of society. My hope with this is to be able to use this to help listeners understand the link of mental illness with the changes in society. I also hope to use the biological factors to help show that mental illnesses are real illnesses.


Brawman-Mintzer, O, and R B Lydiard. “Biological Basis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”Europe PMC, 1 Jan. 1997,


This article is like the one above but it zones in specifically on anxiety. I like this article in addition to the one above because it provides observations and experiments and is less theoretical than “The Concept of Mental Disorder: On the Boundary between Biological Facts and Social Values”. I would use this most likely as an alternative to the above article or possibly as a further expansion on the ideas brought up through the above article.

“Strengthening Mental Health Supports for Postsecondary Students.”, Goverment of Ontario, 26 Mar. 2013,

This source is from Ontario's Ministry of Education and skills Development. It details a three year plan from 2013 which puts 27 million dollars worth of funding towards mental health in college and universities. I have chosen this source since my podcast will be talking about what possibly should or shouldn’t be done in regards to mental health in universities it would be helpful to look at what has recently been done at how it affected Ontario and its universities.


Goffin, Peter. “'We're Not a Treatment Facility': The Struggle for Campuses to Provide Students Mental Health Care.”, 13 Aug. 2017,

This is a recent article that responds to the rising demands for universities to provide better care for mentally ill students. I think this source opens up a new perspective in regards to the relationship between mental health and the post secondary system. I think it will help give my podcast a clear stance as to what students should be asking in regards to this relationship.