Do patients with mental illness receive sub-standard care in hospital?

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  • I shall not say says:

    Although ive never been to a mental hospital i have had some experience with authorities. I have to say, the pills never work. I cant stand having to take them! Whenever my mom hears about me she always gets upset but she just cant see that THEIR the ones who caused this!

  • sam says:

    I have witnessed patients being provoked many times in ‘public care’ settings. It is sad the levels that people in authority positions let themselves stoop to, but then personality issues are very obvious within those systems that ‘serve’ the community. I have witnessed nurses at the ER desk, that are so obviously hurting emotionally, and pass their stuff onto the more vulnerable. Perhaps if the fact that people have brain disorders was left at the entry door and treat them as people who are simply different than the so called normal staff, we might get somewhere. I could never work within a hospital setting and not be very bothered by what goes on. I appreciate any staff that sees the person and listens to the narrative, and not only listens but tries to ensure that the patient is not treated differently. I doubt having a milk carton thrown at you is cause for concern, except possibly look at how the person was approached. Indeed sad on so many levels. Start seeing it as “brain disorders”, separate that from people that are frustrated by a medical system that runs as a machine, and look back and see how far we have come. And sadly, we have not advanced one iota in patient care. There are a few universities that focus on education on the narratives of patients and hopefully others will follow and with more hope, students will understand what it means. First they have to learn about narratives and the human experience and “the stories we live by”.

  • Sybil says:

    This is so true. When I was doing well because my mental health meds were adjusted properly I was very successful. I had a few events in a small amount of time that created difficulties for me and I lost my job and my insurance. I went to the community health clinic where they proceeded to take me off my mental health meds without even asking why I was on them and they didn’t replace them with anything. I have since been homeless and can’t get a job. I fear this is my new reality. Without those meds I have a hard time with my Bipolar I, anxiety and panic attacks. They left me on the antidepressant but that does nothing for the other issues. I feel broken, I can’t seem to get a job as I mess up the interview or within a short time of being hired I get fired because of how I reacted in a situation. I want my normal life back but I feel caught in a catch 22 sort of circle. Florida has terrible mental health benefits for those without insurance. I have waited one year to see a ‘discounted’ psychiatrist. My appointment is in May and May 2018 is when I originally lost my benefits. This is a terrible way to feel. No one seems to understand and they seem to think I make it all up. I just want my life back.

  • Barb Simpson says:

    This article is thought provoking, but would have been more complete if it talked about the treatment barriers created by Ontario’s “Mental Health Act”.


Sabah Khan


Ngozi Iroanyah


Ngozi Iroanyah is a fourth year PhD student at York University in Health Policy and Equity studies. She is also the caregiver of a lovely father who is experiencing the Dementia Journey.

Chika Oriuwa


Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a medical student at the University of Toronto who is completing her MD/MSc with a concentration in System Leadership and Innovation. She has a keen interest in health care reform pertaining to the intersections of race and gender within medicine.

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