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Mass media and public perceptions of mental illness

The news of Robin Williams' death on Monday sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment world. A flood of media couverage has since tackled the subject of depression and suicide in a variety of ways.

Robert Whitley is a McGill University researcher who focuses on how the media shapes public perceptions, and he tells us how celebrity deaths influence the way we look at mental illness.

Breaking barriers between Cree patients and non-aboriginal doctors

A new partnership between the CSSS des Premières Nations du Québec et Labrador, Native friendship centres and Quebec medical schools is allowing medical students from McGill and Université de Montréal to live and work in Native communities across the province for four week periods. The students are there to gain an enhanced understanding of aboriginal culture as it relates to medical practice. Student Harrison Saulnier explains they hope to bring back more sensitive care to Native people when working in multicultural urban clinics back home. Listen here.

Lack of dentists in Quebec's regions

If you live outside of the Quebec City, Montreal, or Townships areas, the following fac won't come as a surprise: There aren't nearly enough dentists in this province's regions. As a matter of fact, 35% of Quebec's population has no dental care at all. The province's Order of Dentists says it's time the government give the issue priority as a question of public health.

Dr. Peter White is one of those rare regional dentists, his practice is in New Richmond on the Gaspe coast. He is the vice-president of the Quebec Order of Dentists.

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