Ep. 53 One Mother’s Plea for Change: No More “Death by a Thousand Cuts”

Ep. 53. The Nancy Duffy Show. One Mother's Plea for Change; No More Death by a Thousand Cuts.
This week we speak with psychotherapist, Carol Cowan-Levine, about the fragmentation of services within the health care system, specifically regarding mental health. We’ll explore her tragic story about her daughter who lost her life to suicide and her disenfranchisement with the system that was supposed to help her.

Confronting the Fragmentation of Services in Mental Healthcare

Show Notes

This week we talk about the fragmentation of services within the healthcare system, specifically regarding mental health. We’ll explore the story of a woman who lost her daughter, Tamara, to suicide in part because of her disenfranchisement with the system – something described quite well in a memoir recently published in The Walrus titled, Death by a Thousand Cuts.

Tamara Levine on one of her many international adventures.

Tamara Levine was a brilliant young woman whose fate was caught up in a quagmire of failed connections that would ultimately cause her to lose faith in the very system that was supposed to help her.

Carol Cowan-Levine, Tamara’s mother, as well as a registered psychotherapist, joins us to share her important story. And later in the show – we’ll speak with Robert Moroz who is the Integrated Director of Outreach and Community Services for both Hotel-Dieu Grace Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association (Windsor), to discuss what needs to be done with the destructive, fragmented nature of our system.

About this week’s guests:
Carol Cowan-Levine

Carol Cowan-Levine is a registered psychotherapist and the author of the memoir, Death by a Thousand Cuts, published in The Walrus on May 17th, 2017 (click here for link).

She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice, with individuals, children, and families, and several additional post-graduate certificates. Her long-standing interest in psychotherapy has been demonstrated in her previous work at the Hospital for Sick Children, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, as a trainer in the Ontario Child Welfare Training System, and as a practitioner in her own professional practice for more than 20 years.

Robert Moroz, integrated director for outpatient services for Hotel-Dieu Grace Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association (Photo Courtesy of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare)
Robert Moroz Photo Courtesy of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

Robert Moroz also joined us on this episode to provide insight into how services work together.

Robert is the Integrated Director of Outreach and Community Services for both Hotel-Dieu Grace Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

 

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