|What is clozapine’s role in treatment of schizophrenia?
|May 16, 2013
Clozapine remains the treatment of choice for schizophrenia when other drugs have only an incomplete response; however, in Canada, clozapine can only be prescribed when two other drugs have failed. In part, this is because of a low risk of adverse effects on white blood cell production that requires mandatory blood testing in patients receiving the drug.
SAPACCY Reaches out to LGBTQ Youth
|May 10, 2013
CAMH therapist Leo Edwards knows the work he’s doing in the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY) is important. Treating African Canadian and Caribbean youth who have substance use and mental health challenges is significant and now they have also taken on the task of treating black youth who identify as LGBT.
Mental illness and the law: a revealing look at the NCR process
|May 09, 2013
This past weekend I found myself in a sold-out theatre taking in John Kastner’s film NCR: Not Criminally Responsible at the Hot Docs Film fest. The documentary tells the story of a man, Sean Clifton, who is found NCR after stabbing a woman in a mall parking lot. The timing of its release is perfect. We couldn’t be at a more critical time in history given the federal government’s proposed changes to the NCR defense.
Taking a human rights look at mental health
|May 08, 2013
Last fall, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released Minds that Matter, a report on our consultation on human rights, mental health and addictions. This was the biggest consultation in our history; we heard from more than 1,500 people across Ontario, who told us their stories of discrimination, harassment and inequality.
The time for youth leaders is now
|May 07, 2013
Youth are the ultimate stakeholders when it comes to the care they receive and could be life changing. I’ve been involved in a lot of initiatives when it comes to giving feedback as to implementing much needed changes to the youth mental health system. Few have taken the steps to creating change, except one.
Explore Mental Health with CAMH and TVO
|May 02, 2013
To mark Mental Health Week, CAMH and TVO have partnered for the second Mental Health Matters series. From May 3 to 12, TVO’s The Agenda will feature CAMH clients and experts during the week of programming dedicated to mental health issues.
Children’s Mental Health Week 2013: Our Kids Deserve More
|May 01, 2013
It’s hard to read the newspapers these days and not be struck by the way in which mental health challenges faced by children and youth pervade all aspects of modern life. The names of Ashley Smith, Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons provide obvious examples of events with incredibly tragic outcomes. The suffering of these young people and the way in which the mental health system failed them is painful to read.
|Apr 16, 2013
New approaches will produce targets
for intervention in mental illness from health promotion and prevention
to rehabilitation and recovery. Those approaches will be based on a
solid understanding of the causes of mental illness.
Mental Health Matters to Canadians
|Apr 09, 2013
Last year, CAMH collaborated with TVO to create Mental Health Matters – an award-winning series devoted to the in-depth exploration of mental health in our society right across the network, including children’s and documentary programming. We are proud to share the news that CAMH is again working closely with TVO and The Agenda with Steve Paikin on the second Mental Health Matters series to be broadcast every evening at 8pm and again at 11 pm during Canada’s National Mental Health Week (May 6 – 12, 2013).
Igniting Discovery at MaRS
|Mar 26, 2013
From personalized medicine to social enterprise, an expert panel will present some of the most innovative developments in care, and their exciting implications for our world today and tomorrow.
CAMH marks 15 years!
|Mar 15, 2013
When the Queen Street Mental Health
Centre, the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, the Donwood Institute, and
the Addiction Research Foundation joined forces on March 9, 1998, it was
a pioneering move to integrate mental illness and addiction, and
clinical care with research, education and policy development. Since
then, CAMH has experienced remarkable growth and earned a global
reputation for transforming lives.
Genes, the environment and brain development in mental illness
|Feb 26, 2013
CAMH Senior Scientist Dr. Robert Levitan describes how the interaction
of genes and the environment affects both normal and abnormal brain
development and behaviours. This study has been following more than 500
children from before birth and as they grow up.
Why we need to keep the conversation going
|Feb 19, 2013
Mental health is a hard topic for many
to discuss out in the open. Having a day to speak about mental health
openly is an amazing thing. When I was growing up, mental health was
only talked about after a prominent suicide or horrible event (like a school shooting), and usually not in a positive light.
NCR Bill: Searching for Balance
|Feb 14, 2013
Public safety is already a critical part of decision making in this
situation. As well, high-risk patients are
already detained in high secure forensic units until a clinical assessment and
a Review Board decision deem them fit for a medium secure unit. Currently, NCR
individuals already receive treatment and rehabilitation for their mental
illness, and rates of recidivism are very low.
Stories that got us talking about mental health
|Feb 12, 2013
do these stories tell us about how we view mental health and mental
illness in 2013? Has there been a shift in how mental illness is
portrayed? Has the discussion reached a tipping point or are we still struggling against public stigma in the same way since the launch of Bell Let’s Talk day in 2010?
Can we talk? CAMH supports Bell Let’s Talk Day
|Feb 08, 2013
February 12 is Bell Let’s Talk Day –
a day dedicated to fighting stigma by encouraging open discussion about
mental illness. To support this initiative, CAMH is working with Bell
networks to produce exclusive content focused on mental health that will
be featured throughout the day.
Cyberbullying: a covert threat
|Feb 07, 2013
Cyberbullying is covert, psychological
bullying that occurs through electronic media including cell phones,
weblogs and websites, online chat rooms and multi-user domains, such as
social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc
Risking your health? Q&A on alcohol with Dr. Jürgen Rehm
|Feb 07, 2013
This Q&A with Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of Social and Epidemiological Research
at CAMH, explains the many health risks associated with heavy drinking
and how we can reduce the negative impact alcohol can have on our
CAMH OTs help Ethiopian hospital do more with less
|Jan 28, 2013
Seventy-seven million people live in Ethiopia. Those who need treatment for mental health and addictions issues have only one facility to help them. Amanuel Hospital is located in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and houses 361 inpatient beds with an average stay of 63 days. Limited resources don’t begin to describe the challenges clinicians face in this hospital.
How can we reduce driver anger?
|Jan 16, 2013
As part of an initial attempt to reduce this type of driver aggression, Christine Wickens and colleagues measured the number and types of driver behaviour complaints posted to a website, Roadragers.com, from 1999-2007. The group found that the most frequently reported improper driver behaviours were cutting in/weaving, followed by speeding, perceived displays of hostility, and tailgating—and yes, reports were most frequent on weekdays and during morning and afternoon rush hours.
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month at CAMH
|Jan 04, 2013
At CAMH, we have a number of ongoing, externally funded research studies that aim at understanding the causes and courses of AD, developing novel interventions to treat both its cognitive and psychiatric symptoms, and addressing end-of-life issues for individuals with AD and their families.
Thoughts on December 24th
|Dec 24, 2012
The Holiday Season is difficult for many of the people we serve at CAMH, and the past few weeks must have been particularly trying. The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut precipitated yet another public discussion that wrongly conflated the issues of an angry, violent society with mental illness.
|Nov 26, 2012
Since my appointment as CAMH CEO three years ago, people have told me personal stories about mental illness and addiction. I’m honored to be trusted with these difficult, human stories and humbled by the fact that change is so long in the making. For me, the stories about children are really poignant – hearing of obstacles to help and hope that kids, teens and their families face is a powerful call to action.
Beyond bricks and mortar
|Nov 06, 2012
For those living with mental illness and addictions, housing is so much more than bricks and mortar – it is a part of their recovery. Stable housing means independence, a chance at employment, friendships, dignity and a better quality of life. More than 500,000 Canadians living with mental illness are inadequately housed and more than 100,000 are homeless.
Transform Social Assistance…Transform Lives
|Oct 24, 2012
The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its final report Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario today. The commission proposes changes to the provincial social assistance system that will improve the lives of people with mental illness.