My name is Jeffrey Letourneau and this is Mental Health + Society, the intersection of my professional and personal interests. I trained in Clinical Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and I am a Registered Psychologist in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. I also operate a private practice in Toronto and provide psychological services to adults 18 years of age and older. I find myself drawn to stories and ideas that bridge mental health, which is typically understood to be an individual concern, with the broader society and culture within which people actually live.
For many, exposure to mental health issues is limited to stereotypical depictions in movies and television, media accounts of incomprehensible violence, and confusing or alarming behaviour of fellow citizens living at the margins. These instances appear divorced from the everyday and can result in the fuelling of stigma and ignorance. Of course, the true range of our mental health experiences becomes evident when more ordinary troubles are considered: relationship conflicts, fleeting feelings of hopelessness or despair, social anxiety, misplaced anger, urges to drink or gamble or have sex. This website is where I explore the boundaries we construct between health and illness, individual and society.
My posts reflect my own opinions and do not represent the views of past or present employers. Like all things, my thoughts and perspectives are subject to change over time.