CAMH is committed to knowledge sharing and exchange – among health professionals from different disciplines, but also between health professionals and patients and their families. Learning from those who are most intimately acquainted with mental illness and addiction enriches the learning, teaching and caring environment at CAMH and enhances its ability to provide the kind of care that responds directly to the needs of both patients and their families. By listening closely to those who are most central to its work, CAMH help them make informed choices and become partners in their own care.
CAMH is also committed to public education that raises awareness of mental health and addictions and breaks down the stigma attached to them. CAMH initiatives provide resources to teachers and schools and help others to understand the lives of people with mental health or substance use problems. These initiatives include:
- Mental Health 101 offers engaging and helpful online tutorials on specific diseases and conditions, all the while bursting some of the most common myths about mental health and addictions.
- Workman Arts is a not-for-profit professional arts company that supports aspiring, emerging and established artists. These artists are committed to developing and refining their art forms and to promoting a greater understanding of mental illness and addiction through film, theatre, visual arts, music and literary arts.