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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) regularly provides expert information on addictions and mental health treatment, research, education and advocacy to the public through the media. Here are some recent samples of CAMH coverage. Click on the headlines below to read the full stories (external links):

As CAMH remakes itself, patients feel the difference
Toronto Star
January 13, 2018

As walls come down and new buildings go up, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is focusing on research and innovation, and changing how mental illness is viewed. Read More

A donor is giving a record $100 million to CAMH — and doesn’t want to be named
Toronto Star
January 11, 2018

New possibilities opening up for mental health research at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as a result of historic gift. Read More

Record $100-million donation to CAMH underscores cultural shift on mental health
The Globe and Mail
January 11, 2018

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health announced Thursday that its foundation has received a record $100-million donation from an anonymous donor. Read More

Most mental-health patients don’t get timely psychiatric care in Ontario, study finds
Globe and Mail
December 11, 2017

Paul KurdyakThe majority of people treated in an Ontario emergency room after a suicide attempt are not seen by a psychiatrist within six months, according to a new study.  Read More

Young adults with autism more likely to have psychiatric problems: study​
The Globe and Mail
September 13, 2017

Dr. Yona LunskyResearcher suggests findings highlight a need to focus on mental health care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Read More

CAMH donation gives mental health scientists a chance to harness data with artificial intelligence
The Globe and Mail
September 7, 2017

The latest gift from the family of mutual-fund investor Robert Krembil will create a new research hub at CAMH called the Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics. Neuroinformatics is a field that combines data science with neuroscience. Read More

Striking differences in rates of suicide attempts between provinces revealed in mental health findings
CBC News
August 30, 2017

Young people between 16 and 24 years old have more challenges than other age groups in getting mental health and addiction services in Canada, a new study comparing mental health care across five provinces has found.  Read More

Study questions why thousands with developmental disabilities are prescribed antipsychotics
Toronto Star
August 23, 2017

Yona LunskyCAMH researchers call for guidelines after lack of evidence that the drugs actually help them. Read More​

What if instead of yelling 'Drop your weapon,' police asked 'How can I help?'
July 31, 2017

Jennifer ChambersJennifer Chambers, executive director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health-funded Empowerment Council, has made her case at more than 10 police inquests, including that of 45-year-old Andrew Loku this month.  Read More

FoodShare's Sunshine garden grows nourishment for the soul
Toronto Star
July 26, 2017

Garden at CAMH's Queen St. location gives patients, volunteers a "magical" place to be themselves while building employment and social skills. Read More

1 in 3 dementia cases are potentially preventable, report says
July 24, 2017

Tarek RajjiOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented by tackling risk factors such as education and depression, a large new international review estimates. Read More

30% of older people on casino bus tours are problem gamblers, study says
July 22, 2017

Mark van der MaasA new study by Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found about 30 per cent of older adults who take casino bus tours have moderate to severe gambling problems. Read More

With legalization a year away, experts offer tips on minimizing pot harm
June 23, 2017

Dr Benedikt FischerAge, frequency of use and how a person consumes marijuana can all affect risks involved in use, new study says Read More

What Francie Munoz can teach us
Toronto Sun
June 8, 2017

Dr. Yona LunskyI’ve been asked to comment about the private conversation by two Toronto police officers about a young woman who has worked with me at CAMH. Read More​

Ontario mental-health services struggling to keep up with youth demand, report finds
The Globe and Mail
June 7, 2017

Dr Paul KurdyakA new report on children and youth mental health and addiction in Ontario paints a bleak picture of the challenges facing today's youth and the difficulties the health-care system has had in adapting to increased demands. Read More

How parents can help their kids cope with what happened in Manchester
Global News
May 23, 2017

Dr. Katy KamkarWatching media reports about the deadly suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, may have left some Canadian children and teens feeling anxious – especially about attending a similar event in the future – but psychologists say parents can take steps to mitigate their fears. Read More

Mindfulness means putting the oxygen mask on yourself first​
April 4, 2017

Dr. Yona LunskyAccording to the CAMH study, published on Tuesday in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, mindfulness can make a big difference to caregivers of adult children with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Read More

Young Torontonians partner with CAMH to talk mental health
March 15, 2017

Katy KamkarThe Sad Collective has now partnered with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on its campaign, One Brave Night, asking Canadians to raise funds and raise awareness to support people living with mental illness. Read More​

Dietary kit could eliminate postpartum 'baby blues': study
CTV News
March 13, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey MeyerCAMH's Jeffrey Meyer says this dietary supplement replaces the certain chemicals in the brain creating sad moods and comes in drink form. Read More

​Spotting the signs of psychosis early
The Varsity (U of T)
February 28, 2017

Joanna HendersonCAMH and U of T researchers hope to identify the signs and symptoms of psychosis in adolescents in order to improve long-term treatment. Read More​

Keep Talking, Start Walking
January 24, 2017

Dr. Catherine ZahnMental health is finally a priority on the health agenda, but we need to ensure that momentum continues. Read More

Antipsychotics prescribed at ‘high’ rate to youth with ADHD, study shows
Globe and Mail
January 19, 2017

One in 20 Ontario youth have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many are prescribed antipsychotic drugs despite having no other identified mental health diagnosis, according to a new study ..Read More​

Doctors’ Notes: Why e-cigarettes are better than smoking but worse than nothing
Toronto Star
January 16, 2017

Vaping is a bit of a wild west right now, making it tough for researchers to understand its health effects.​..Read More

CAMH study finds possible chemical link between migration and psychosis
Toronto Star
January 13, 2017

Groundbreaking study has identified a plausible biological mechanism that links the effects of migration to the risk of developing psychosis...Read More

Meet Dr. Branka Agic, a Torontonian who will change the city in 2017 - Metro Morning
January 11, 2017

Dr. Branka Agic, Manager of Health Equity at CAMH will change Toronto in 2017 by helping refugees and immigrants find the mental health resources they need...Read More ​


Many Ontarians with mental-health issues must choose between food and meds
Toronto Star
December 30, 2016

Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
People with mental illness will likely need to stay on medication for years, McKenzie says, while many prescriptions for physical ailments may ...Read More​

Timely, affordable mental health therapy out of reach for many
Toronto Star
December 29, 2016

Dr. Kwame McKenzieOntarians are caught between long wait times for publicly funded therapists and high costs for quick access to private ones...Read More

Patients suffer over gap between physical and mental health care
Toronto Star
December 28, 2016

Catherine ZahnFamily doctors are the first point of contact for most people seeking diagnosis and care, but a disconnect between physicians and mental health professionals leaves many stranded...Read More

Q&A: CAMH’s Lisa Pont discusses effects of too much screen time on kids
Parkdale Villager
December 28, 2016

Lisa PontLisa Pont, a social worker at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) who specializes in gaming, gambling and Internet overuse, sees a lot of 16 to 25-year-olds...Read More

'Huge gap' between mental health needs and funding, expert says after health deal fails
CBC News
December 21, 2016

Dr. Catherine ZahnDr. Catherine Zahn, CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, welcomed how mental health is now on the table in the health-care funding negotiations... Read More

Marijuana use, driving high on the rise: CAMH survey
December 7, 2016
CTV News

Robert MannA survey released Wednesday by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that past-year cannabis use virtually doubled between 1996 and 2015, rising from about eight per cent to almost 15 per cent of respondents... Read More

Doctors' Notes: Stopping opioid use completely will only cause more problems

November 21, 2017
Toronto Star

Dr. Peter SelbyCanadians have one of the highest rates of prescription opioid use in the world – five times higher than in the U.K., for example. This is a tragedy… Read More


Mental illness afflicts about 20% of Canadians, gets 7% of health funding
October 27, 2016
Toronto Star

Dr. Catherine Zahn, president of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, wants the federal government to make mental health a top priority in health accord negotiations. Read More

Tailor immigrant and refugee mental health services for culture, language, report urges​
October 18, 2016
CBC News

Canada must match its multicultural, open-door immigration policy with tailored mental health services or face inflated costs for crisis care down the road, warns a new report being released today. Read More

Ministers must not leave mental health out of new accord
October 14, 2016
Toronto Star

‘There is a crisis that desperately requires the attention of health ministers: the gap between physical health care and mental health care in Canada.’ Read More

Schizophrenia followup lacking for 40% of diagnosed young Ontarians, study finds
October 13, 2016
CBC News

About two in five young people diagnosed for the first time with schizophrenia in Ontario don't have crucial followup with a doctor within a month, according to a new report. Read More

The difficulties of psychiatric dental care
October 4, 2016
The Globe and Mail

At the dental clinic at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Massihi is now gradually getting his teeth repaired. Read More

Food and mental health grow together at CAMH's Sunshine Garden
September 20, 2016
NOW Toronto

FoodShare’s horticultural therapy program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health gets to the root of things. Read More

Doctor's Notes: Psychiatric demands outpacing supply 
August 22, 2016
Toronto Star 

Rural areas will suffer as older psychiatrists retire and younger doctors choose to stay in urban locations, a new study shows. Read More

Pediatrics experts make recommendations to curb 'virtual violence' in children's lives
July 18, 2016

The link between violence and aggression in children is settled, said Dr. Bruce Ballon, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Read More

July 16, 2016
CTV News

A study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says more than one in three students in Grades 7 to 12 reported experiencing high levels of psychological distress, which is defined as symptoms of depression and anxiety, last year. Read More

Health centres embrace sweat lodges to help indigenous patients
July 15, 2016
The Globe and Mail

Last month, Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) became the first hospital in Ontario to have a working sweat lodge. Read More


Youth reaching for mental health care find a 'big gap' in delivery
CBC News
June 8, 2016

Young people and their families across Canada are calling out for quick access to mental health services in the moment they are needed. Read More

Pot-related psychosis linked to early ‘dangerous’ use
Toronto Star
June 6, 2016

Dr. Romina Mizrahi, a psychiatrist and director of the Focus on Youth Psychosis Prevention Clinic at CAMH, says young people who use marijuana before the age of 16 have a higher risk of having a psychotic experience. Read More

CAMH redevelopment breaking down walls
May 9, 2016
Toronto Star

The redevelopment of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Queen St. W. campus is tearing down the walls and prejudices that surround mental illness. Read More

Trauma at Fort McMurray can lead to PTSD​
May 9, 2016
CP24 Toronto

Natural disasters (such as earthquakes, tsunami, severe storms, and wildfires) represent a significant risk to the mental health of trauma survivors. Read More

Canadian doctor groups back stricter U.S. guidelines on opioid use
May 8, 2016
The Globe and Mail

Physician regulatory colleges in four provinces, alarmed by Canada’s opioid epidemic and frustrated by a lack of federal action, are endorsing new national standards in the United States for prescribing painkillers. Read More

Breaking research silos to decipher secrets of the brain
May 7, 2016
Toronto Star

Researchers from Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped to identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, Read More

E-cigarettes 'much safer than smoking,' some experts say
April 28, 2016
CBC News

Dr. Peter Selby, an addictions researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, wonders why the British team is promoting e-cigarettes when there are proven alternatives. Read More

Pot culture crash? Marijuana legalization in Canada may extinguish drug cachet
April 20, 2016
Canadian Press

Stoner subculture will likely take a hit with the incoming legalization of marijuana in Canada because as the cause vanishes, so will celebration of the drug, say experts. Read More

Video: Groundbreaking research being done into PTSD treatment​
April 13, 2016
CityTV News

The treatment involves wearing a cap and a special helmet that emits bursts of magnetic fields into the brain. View Video

Teens are gambling online at a significantly higher rate than previously reported
March 30, 2016
Montreal Gazette

Nearly 10 per cent of teens in three Canadian provinces said they had gambled online in the past three months, according to a new study by researchers from CAMH. Read More

Drinking alcohol offers no net health benefits, review finds
March 22, 2016
CBC News

Jurgen Rehm of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health knows how difficult it is to study abstinence. He's observed a disconnect among survey respondent. Read More

Methadone treatment overused in Ontario, addiction experts warn
March 18, 2016
CBC News 

While there are methadone patients receiving help from the treatment, experts like Benedikt Fischer, senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Read More

Crucial to heed warning signs, symptoms of Post-Partum anxiety
February 26, 2016

While we often hear of post-partum depression, we seldom hear of post-partum anxiety which also leads to tremendous amount nof suffering and pain. Read More

Ontario rolls out PTSD ad campaign, hints at new legislation, eventually
February 1, 2016
Global News

Dr. Donna FergusonDonna Ferguson, a psychologist at the Work, Stress and Health program at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says Monday’s announcement is a “good first step.” Read More​

Annex sanctuary opens for LGBTQ2S youth
February 1, 2016
Post City Toronto

Dr. Alex AbramovichToronto’s first transitional housing program for LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited) youth has opened in the Annex. The program has been 10 years in the making for Alex Abramovich, a postdoctoral fellow at CAMH.. Read More


Help for health care providers who need help treating patients with mental illness
CBC News
January 25, 2016

Portico launchAmy Restoule helped develop a new website and app with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that will answer questions for non-specialists in the field. Read More

Canadian study finds over 400 new reasons not to drink while pregnant
January 7, 2016
Global News

Dr. Svetlana PopovichThe belief that pregnant women should abstain from alcohol is getting more support from what’s being called the most comprehensive review of its kind. Read More

Makigiarvik needs more than space to deliver mental health support, says expert
November 26, 2015

Specialized housing not same as mental health services, says CAMH's Dr. Alexander Simpson.Read More

Clinical study at CAMH tests how cannabis affects volunteers’ driving skills
November 26, 2015
Toronto Star

Dr. Robert Mann at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto is trying to determine the relationship between marijuana consumption and driving ability, using a “state of the art” simulator. Read More

Refugees at high risk for mental health issues, experts say
November 25, 2015
Toronto Star

Dr. Kwame McKenzie, a psychiatrist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says challenges for newcomers often stretch far beyond post-traumatic stress disorder following time in war zones or refugee camps. Read More

Anxious? Tips tohelp students stay mentally healthy
October 22, 2015
The Globe and Mail 

Thousands of students across Canada begin university or college programs every year. This milestone on the journey to adulthood can be an exciting time for both young people and their families. But for many students, this step away from home and what is familiar can be harrowing and provoke anxiety. Read More

Workplace depression often goes unrecognized: study
October 7, 2015
CTV News

Workplace mhMore than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study from CAMH in Toronto.  Read more​

Why Canada needs a new alcohol strategy
October 4, 2015
The Globe and Mail

A few weeks ago, CAMH and a coalition of health organizations issued a new call for an alcohol strategy in Ontario. Read more

There's A Solution For Mental Health Homelessness In Canada -- But It Needs Help
October 2, 2015
Huffington Post

HomelessnessA CAMH study found the cost for supportive housing ranges from $15 a day for a low level of support to $115 a day for high support. Read more

Centre dedicated to youth and child depression launched in Toronto​
September 29, 2015
Global News

Dr. Peter SzatmariThe Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression, launched by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, will harness the knowledge.. Read more

Mental health services fall short for young adults in Waterloo Region
September 28, 2015

Dr. Paul Kurdyak"A certain proportion of individuals who have depression will experience depression either chronically or recurrently over their lifetime and that confers a significant burden," says Dr. Paul Kurdyak. Read more

Two-drug combo helps older adults with hard-to-treat depression ​
September 27, 2015
Washington University Newsroom

“This is a rare study bDr. Benoit Mulsantecause it looks at depression specifically in older adults,” said Benoit H. Mulsant, MD, a co-author of the study and a senior scientist at CAMH. Read more

Beer to arrive in Ontario grocery stores by December
September 23, 2015
Toronto Star

Catherine Zahn“A direct relationship between increased alcohol availability and greater health and social harm is well established,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, president of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Read more

Prescriptions of opioid drugs skyrocketing in Canada
August 19, 2015
Globe and Mail

A slew of prescription opioids, most notably Purdue Pharma Canada’s Hydromorph Contin, have taken the mantle from oxycodone and are proving as addictive and dangerous. Read more



Celebrating recovery and eroding stigma
July 29, 2015
Hospital News

For 19-year-old Cassandra Arthur, now an outpatient at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), feeling part of a community has played a big role in her recovery. Read more



CAMH president Catherine Zahn proud to carry Pan Am torch
July 10, 2015

She’s won the Order of Canada, she’s been named one of the most influential women in Canada and now, president and executive officer of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Catherine Zahn, can add torchbearer to her list of achievements.. Read m​ore

12-year-old speaks out after father's suicide

June 18, 2015
Toronto Star

Darkness to LightAshton Park has set up a fundraising page in memory of his father, who committed suicide last October. The campaign is part of Darkness to Light, which aims to raise money for CAMH...Read more

How more women are drinking like men — and why it’s dangerous
TVO - The Inside Agenda Blog
June 16, 2015

Jurgen RehmIf you’re Canadian, you probably drink a lot more alcohol than you think. If you’re female, middle aged and have a job, you may be among the heaviest drinkers in North America...Read more

Debt stress affects health, fuels depression
June 8, 2015
CBC News (

Donna FergusonCanadians coping with the financial stress of heavy debt are increasingly talking about suicide, a psychologist says, as they struggle with sleepless nights and high blood pressure...Read more

Pot is no risk-free high for teens with developing brains: psychiatrists
June 6, 2015
Ottawa Citizen

Romina MizrahiPot is still widely perceived by young smokers as relatively harmless, said Dr. Romina Mizrahi, director of the Focus on Youth Psychosis Prevention clinic and research program at CAMH...Read more

Fentanyl: The king of all opiates, and a killer drug crisis
June 2015

Peter SelbyIt’s stronger than heroin and more potent than OxyContin. It’s also cheap, ubiquitous, and incredibly deadly. Inside the rise of fentanyl...Read more

The case for publicly funded therapy
May 22, 2015
The Globe and Mail

Paul KurdyakMental illness affects one in five Canadians and costs us nearly $50-billion a year. So why aren’t we treating it like any other health-care crisis?...Read more

May 13, 2015

Thousands of northerners will receive better access to mental health care thanks to a new program being offered by the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and CAMH...Read more

May 15, 2015
National Post

Jurgen RehmCanadians of European descent are driving the upward trend in drinking, says Jurgen Rehm, the director of social and epidemiological research at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health...Read more

March 30, 2015
The Globe and Mail

Jeff DaskalakisAs it became clear that crash investigators believed the young Germanwings co-pilot deliberately brought down his plane, news coverage has focused on his psychological and physical health...Read more

SAD no longer: Brilliant light cure for seasonal disorder
February 23, 2015
CBC News (

Robert Levitan Up to four per cent of Canadians, or as many as 140,000 people, are clinically depressed during the winter, says Dr. Robert Levitan..Read more


Study finds link between depression, brain inflammation
January 28, 2015
CTV News (

Jeff Meyer
Researchers from CAMH in Toronto compared the brain scans of 20 patients with clinical depression to the brains..Read more

How open are Canadians about mental health in the workplace?
January 27, 2015
Global News (

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which revealed the poll results, says that employees are worried about potential stigma..Read more

Smokers nicotine metabolism type could predict best way to quit
January 12, 2015
CBC News (

(CP) It seems not all smokers are created equal when it comes to how their bodies handle nicotine, and that could have big implications for anyone trying to kick the tobacco habit for good, researchers say. Read more

Voodoo priests,doctors on frontline of Haiti's mental healthcare
January 9, 2015
Reuters (UK)

In Haiti, a key way to improve mental healthcare is to work with religious leaders from Catholic, Protestant and voodoo faiths, says the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Read more

Ontario’s new onlinegambling website carries risks, says addiction centre
January 8, 2015
Toronto Star

Ontario’s new-government run online gaming site launched Thursday will be both a success and a failure, a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health spokesperson says. Read more



Yoga program dedicated to supporting people living with mental illness
December 29, 2014
CTV News (


​(CP) As a yoga devotee and founder of her own studio, Linda Malone is sharing her passion for the practice through a special program dedicated to helping people living with mental illness. Read more



December 4, 2014


More Ontarians are reporting mental anguish and almost a quarter million have considered killing themselves in the past 12 months, according to a report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Read more

New insights into homeless newcomer youth 
November 26, 2014
NOW Toronto

Kwame McKenzieA new report is one of the first looking specifically at newcomer youth homelessness in Canada. Until now, there is relatively little known about young new Canadians who find themselves without stable shelter.​
Read more

Providing safe haven for mental health emergencies
November 21, 2014

To hear staff tell it, the emergency department of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health was a dark and dingy place before renovation work began in April, 2013. Read more

Brain stimulation therapy can help depression when medications fail
November 18, 2014
CTV News

TORONTO -- Doctors are increasingly turning to brain stimulation therapy, a non-invasive procedure that uses electromagnetic energy, to treat severe depression that doesn't respond..Read more

Legalization is the best approach to cannabis control
October 20, 2014
Ottawa Citizen

Op-Ed by CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn.
Read more

Killer heroin and the rise of Fentanyl abuse
October 16, 2014
Day 6, CBC Radio (

CBC Day Six speaks with CAMH’s Dr. Peter Selby about the prevalence and dangers of this drug that has caused over 30 overdoses at Vancouver’s Insite safe injection site in just two days. Read more

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated: CAMH
October 9, 2014 (CP)

In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly..
Read more 

CAMH call for marijuana legalization evokes resounding agreement
October 9, 2014

The largest addiction and treatment centre in Canada is calling for the legalization of marijuana with controls..Read more ​

Magnotta trial: Not criminally responsible myths, debunked​
September 30, 2014

Sandy Simpson is chief of forensic psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He emphasized he can’t address the Magnotta case..Read more

24% of formerly homeless youth end up back on the streets within a year
September 30, 2014

Roughly a quarter of homeless youth who manage to get off the streets end up returning to homelessness within a year. Sean Kidd, a co-author of the report and a clinical psychologist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health..Read more

CAMH loses one of its leading lights​
September 27, 2014
Toronto Star

Diana Capponi recruited survivors to work at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, believing passionately that work was medicine..Read more

Video: Dr. Catherine Zahn on how to prevent suicide
September 10, 2014 (Toronto Star)

CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn believes that acting on what has already been learned about suicide prevention is more important than building a new suicide prevention strategy..View video​

The bottom-line on e-cigarettes. Are they safe?
September 2014
Best Health Magazine

Dr. Peter Selby, chief of the addictions division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says, “We’ve known for decades that smokers smoke..Read more

Province to reintroduce bill with $1,000 fine for texting while driving​​
August 26, 2014

A recent Centre for Addiction and Mental Health survey found that more than one-third of licensed Ontario students in Grades 10 to 12..Read more

Can Robin Williams's death change how we talk about suicide?
August 14, 2014

Dr. Peter Selby, chief of the addictions program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, says, disparaging comments about people who have died of suicide..Read more

Access to mental health care doesn't hinge on more psychiatrists: study
July 14, 2014
CTV News (CP)

Despite a long-held belief that there are too few psychiatrists to care for patients in need, an Ontario study suggests it's the way the specialists practise -- not their number -- that contributes to difficulties accessing mental health services. Read more

Steps should be taken to curb dangerous texting by teen drivers: Editorial
July 14, 2014
Toronto Star

Data from a massive Centre for Addiction and Mental Health survey shows an alarming number of Ontario teenagers are texting while driving, warranting government action. Read more

New app helps track drinking problems
July 11, 2014
Toronto Sun

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has developed a way for people to identify problematic drinking habits on their smartphone. Read more

Incidents of schoolyard bullying drop in Ontario
July 9, 2014
The Globe and Mail

Schoolyard bullying in Ontario is on the decline, according to a new survey that shows interventions and increased attention are forcing kids to speak up. But at the same time, the percentage of students who are being bullied over the Internet has not significantly changed since the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health first started tracking cyberbullying in 2011.Read more

Teenage texting while driving rampant; 46% of Grade 12 drivers
July 9, 2014
National Post (CP)

An alarming proportion of Ontario teenagers admit that they have texted while behind the wheel of a vehicle, says a survey of Grade 7 to 12 students in the province conducted for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.Read more

Opioid use increases after oxycodone crackdown

July 8,2014
The Globe and Mail

Canadian prescriptions for alternatives to the painkiller oxycodone have risen significantly in the past five years, suggesting a crackdown on oxy has pushed addicts and legitimate patients alike toward opioids without the tamper-proof properties Health Canada wants to make mandatory.​ Read more

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health fashion show celebrates resilience and recovery

June 1, 2014
Parkdale Villager

Bronwyn Sims was among 35 individuals at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) who took to the stage at this year’s “Suits Me Fine” fashion show,​ Read more​

Rising youth homelessness a crisis we mustn't ignore
May 12, 2014
Toronto Star

This opinion piece was written and submitted by Dr. Sean Kidd, Head of the Psychology Service of CAMH Schizophrenia Services and Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.
Read more​

Alcohol use on the decline among teenagers
May 1, 2014
Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Robert Mann, a researcher in the public health and regulatory policy section of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says drinking among teens has significantly decreased since the 1970s. read more​

What you don’t want to know: drinking too much can give you cancer​
April 30, 2014
Toronto Star

​​​‘We need more awareness in the population that alcohol is a carcinogen,’ CAMH scientist says. read more

Teens who suffer a concussion more likely to attempt suicide: study​
April 15, 2014
CTV News (CP)

Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied and seeking help for mental health issues from crisis help lines, a study has found. The study was conducted using data from the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. read more

Canadians' mental-health info routinely shared with FBI, U.S. custom
April 14, 2014
CBC News

Ontario’s privacy commissioner has discovered that the mental-health information of some Canadians is accessible to the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border more

If He's Sexually Aggressive In Bars, It's Not Because He's Drunk
March 3, 2014

Young women are often the targets of aggression when they're out in bars, but the problem isn't that guys are too drunk to know better. Instead, men are preying on women who have had too much to drink. read more


By Dr. Sandy Simpson, CAMH Chief of Forensic Psychiatry

Bill C-14, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, is now before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. In his testimony to the committee on February 27, Justice Minister Peter McKay repeated the oft-used statement that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. read more

Better care sought for mentally ill inmates
February 17, 2014
Toronto Star

The Toronto South Detention Centre, which officially opened last month in Mimico, replaces the crumbling Don jail and the Toronto West Detention Centre,....“What we’re going to add . . . is a much more comprehensive screening or triage process of people coming in,” said Dr. Sandy Simpson, CAMH’s chief of forensic psychiatry. read more​

Ontario unveils $60-million project to help mentally ill
January 28, 2014
The Globe and Mail

On a day when Canadians across the country texted and tweeted to support mental health, the Ontario government unveiled a $60-million project to help the mentally ill when they fall physically more​

Non-Smoking Week offers support for those looking to quit for good​
January 20, 2014
CTV News

For smokers who made a New Year's resolution to butt out for good but somehow saw that Jan. 1 deadline come and go, this week -- National Non-Smoking Week and its Weedless Wednesday -- offers an encouraging reminder that it's never too late to quit. read more​

Faces of Pot: The psychiatrist
January 16, 2014
Toronto Star

When a patient checks into the youth psychosis prevention clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dr. Romina Mizrahi asks a series of standard questions. One is: “Do you smoke marijuana?” read more​

More Ontario students drive after using marijuana than after drinking: study
December 11, 2013
CTV News

More Ontario high school students report driving after using marijuana than after having a few drinks, according to a province-wide study tracking substance use among students. read more​

Family doctors can catch PTSD by screening high-risk patients: psychiatrist
December 19, 2013
CTV News (CP)

Family doctors can play a key role in initially screening patients, such as those in the military, at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests.​ read more​

Understanding PTSD: A look at the condition, how to treat it
December 6, 2013
CTV News

Dr. Katy Kamkar, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Torontosays the symptoms can be broken into three categories: read more​

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