Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined

SEASON 1 | EPISODE 6: Bridge The Gap — Mental Illness & Substance Use Services

It’s a hard reality that mental illness and substance use often coincide. Combine these factors with poverty and social marginalization, and you have the snowballing problem known as “concurrent disorders.” Dr. Bill MacEwan has spent the last 20+ years working with patients in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood that is home to around to 20,000 people with almost 25% of them people suffering from mental illness. He’s also the medical lead for the city’s Downtown Community Court psychiatric teams. Host Faydra Aldridge speaks with Dr. MacEwan about the intersection of mental illness, drugs, and the criminal justice system.

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