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After the Kirby Report: A Critical Dialogue

Senator Michael Kirby’s long awaited report on mental health, Out of the Shadows at Last: Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addictions in Canada was released in the Spring of 2006 to much positive acclaim. With few exceptions* mental health providers and advocates have lauded the report and have widely called for the recommendations to be taken up at both the federal and provincial levels. Despite this, governments to date have shown little political commitment to addressing the issues raised by the report. Further, little critical public dialogue has occurred on the process and the content of the report.

*See the critique by the Canadian Women’s Health Network for the report’s lack of a gendered analysis and Rob Wipond’s piece on rabble.ca arguing that Kirby failed to address issues related to involuntary treatment.

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