Balancing risk and recovery


  • Gary A Chaimowitz McMaster University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences & St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Forensic Psychiatry Program



This Editorial introduces the first issue of the International Journal of Risk and Recovery. The fine balance of risk and recovery in Forensic Psychiatry and more generaly in Mental Health is discussed. It is written by Gary Chaimowitz, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Head of Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in Canada, and Editor in Chief of the journal.


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How to Cite

Chaimowitz, G. A. (2018). Balancing risk and recovery. International Journal of Risk and Recovery, 1(1), 1–3.