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.
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.
The stars identify sites in Northern Ontario participating in CAMH’s program on the metabolic
side-effects of antipsychotic medications.
Dr. Peter Selby, clinical director of CAMH’s Addictions Program, talks about prescription opioid
addiction and methadone maintenance treatment in this YouTube video.