A friend of mine has been having a lot if issues with self-diagnosed bi-polar issues. I say self-diagnosed because he is also an avid hunter, target shooter and generally loves his firearms, collection of firearms and all things having to do with them. Lately he knows he has been getting worse and wants to seek out a mental health professional. The catch, this guy is Canadian. With their system, he has to be approved for his firearm ownership card (or some such thing) every so many years. It sounds a lot like a 4473 but you fill it out for yourself, not your firearms, and it is every few years. All the annoyance of keeping a CHL with none of the perks. His fear is that if he seeks professional health they will yank this card and that will be it. His entire collection is forfeit. I've talked him through several issues over the past years. Trying to lend a shoulder to whine into, sounding board to bounce good and bad ideas against. Honestly though, I'm not a mental health professional neither is he. OK, so here I am seeing advice from anyone who may have advice? 1. Anyone have first hand experience with the Canadian system? Can you confirm/deny the concerns of the situation? 2. Anyone know about the Canadian mental health system who can give advice on how this guy can get some anonymous help? But still get help? Those are my main questions... Comment though, I know it isn't this bad in the US but people worry about it getting there. How do the pro-gun people protect people's rights while at the same time allowing people not to be terrified to get help when they need it? What if we applied this type of backwards logic to the 1st amendment. Imagine someone saying, "I'm terrified of going to get help for depression because they might bar me from going to church." Or, "I get depressed a lot, but if I go to the doctor they will remove my right to due process and the cops will just come search my house randomly at a whim." Pardon the phrase, but it is NUTS that when someone wants help they can't get it for fear of losing their rights!