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Annual Report to the Community 2010-2011 Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

 

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Most people who are helped by CAMH will never be our patients.

That’s because of our role in education and knowledge transfer. CAMH helps build the capacity of the system by educating health care providers to treat mental illness and addictions across the province and around the world.

We also play a role in preventing illness through health promotion. For instance, CAMH is the source of expertise in mental health and addictions for Healthy Communities Ontario, the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport’s new province-wide initiative. Our Provincial Services are invested in health promotion programs that develop resilience in children, support mental well-being throughout the lifespan, and prevent substance abuse and disability.

Go North!

This year a number of CAMH experts heeded the call to “Go North!”, where the need for mental health and addiction services is extremely acute.

They joined members of CAMH’s provincial and Aboriginal services staff who work full-time in Northern Ontario, as well as the psychiatrists in CAMH’s Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program, who regularly fly into underserviced and remote communities. They crossed paths with CAMH’s CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn, who this year travelled to Whitefish First Nation, the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, Sudbury Regional Hospital and the North Bay Regional Health Centre / Regional Mental Health. She also met with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres.

Suicide rates among Canada’s Inuit citizens are the highest in the world

The stars identify sites in Northern Ontario participating in CAMH’s program on the metabolic side-effects of antipsychotic medications.
The stars identify sites in Northern Ontario participating in CAMH’s program on the metabolic side-effects of antipsychotic medications.

Dr. Peter Selby
Dr. Peter Selby, clinical director of CAMH’s Addictions Program, talks about prescription opioid addiction and methadone maintenance treatment in this YouTube video.

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