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This week's feature, "Mental Health Promotion: Overcoming the Challenges to 'Focusing Upstream,'" is by Brian Hyndman. He writes, "Last year I was invited to facilitate a workshop on mental health promotion for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Summer Institute. To illustrate the importance of preventing health problems before they arise, I fell back on the old "upstream-downstream" story: frantic efforts to pull drowning people out of the river are called into question by a perceptive individual asking why people were falling into the water in the first place. I had not regarded this anecdote as anything more than a useful analogy for teaching purposes until I read the newspaper headlines on the morning of the workshop...."Work Starts on Suicide Barrier."
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