Building health equity, by building on what works
Construction milestone: When the highest point of the new Bell Gateway Building was reached in
January, the CAMH community celebrated the building’s final concrete pour with a traditional
“topping off” ceremony directed by the Honourable Liz Sandals (second left), Parliamentary
Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, shown alongside city councillor Michael
Layton (far left), CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn and Matt Ainley of Carillion Canada.
▪ The new Bell Gateway Building will house outpatient services for patients of
CAMH’s Mood and Anxiety Program and Addictions Program, as well as a
state-of-the-art gymnasium and client-run café to be shared with the
▪ The new Intergenerational Wellness Centre will house our Geriatric Mental
Health Program and Child, Youth and Family Program. The first specialty
hospital beds dedicated to youth with concurrent mental health and addiction
problems will be located here, providing a desperately needed resource for
▪ CAMH will be the first hospital project in Ontario to earn Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, helped by
a centralized heating and cooling system located in the new Utilities and
Building our partnerships
CAMH has partnership agreements with more than 200 organizations, and is
constantly expanding its collaborations with government, the LHINs, research
bodies, universities, community organizations, hospitals, consumer groups,
and associations serving people with addictions and mental illness.
This year we experienced a breakthrough in corporate partnerships for the
once untouchable cause of mental illness. Bell Canada President George Cope
announced an unprecedented $50 million corporate investment in mental
health across Canada, and shared his personal story of being raised by a
mother with depression. CAMH was chosen to receive the proceeds of this
year’s Bell Gala, Canada’s largest celebrity-attended fundraising event. Bell’s
“Let’s Talk” campaign, in which Olympian Clara Hughes shared her own story
of depression, had Canadians from coast to coast talking about mental health.
Building our community
This year, the province of Ontario approved our application to bring a Family
Health Team to the Queen West / Liberty Village neighbourhood. This
landmark initiative will integrate mental health care with physical health care,
and connect CAMH patients with the community.
In a community with a serious shortage of family doctors, this new team
of physicians, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals will provide
primary health care services to local residents, including CAMH clients who
live in the neighbourhood. The first Family Health Team founded by a
psychiatric hospital, the Village Family Health Team will model how a wide
range of mental health and addiction services can be successfully provided within a primary care setting—great news for Ontario health care!