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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) regularly provides expert information on addictions and mental health treatment, research, education and advocacy to the public through the media. Here are some recent samples of CAMH coverage. Click on the headlines below to read the full stories (external links):


Can Robin Williams's death change how we talk about suicide?
August 14, 2014
cbc.ca

Dr. Peter Selby, chief of the addictions program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, says, disparaging comments about people who have died of suicide..Read more




Access to mental health care doesn't hinge on more psychiatrists: study
July 14, 2014
CTV News (CP)

Despite a long-held belief that there are too few psychiatrists to care for patients in need, an Ontario study suggests it's the way the specialists practise -- not their number -- that contributes to difficulties accessing mental health services. Read more




Steps should be taken to curb dangerous texting by teen drivers: Editorial
July 14, 2014
Toronto Star

Data from a massive Centre for Addiction and Mental Health survey shows an alarming number of Ontario teenagers are texting while driving, warranting government action. Read more




New app helps track drinking problems
July 11, 2014
Toronto Sun

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has developed a way for people to identify problematic drinking habits on their smartphone. Read more





Incidents of schoolyard bullying drop in Ontario
July 9, 2014
The Globe and Mail

Schoolyard bullying in Ontario is on the decline, according to a new survey that shows interventions and increased attention are forcing kids to speak up. But at the same time, the percentage of students who are being bullied over the Internet has not significantly changed since the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health first started tracking cyberbullying in 2011.Read more



Teenage texting while driving rampant; 46% of Grade 12 drivers
July 9, 2014
National Post (CP)

An alarming proportion of Ontario teenagers admit that they have texted while behind the wheel of a vehicle, says a survey of Grade 7 to 12 students in the province conducted for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.Read more





Opioid use increases after oxycodone crackdown
July 8,2014
The Globe and Mail

Canadian prescriptions for alternatives to the painkiller oxycodone have risen significantly in the past five years, suggesting a crackdown on oxy has pushed addicts and legitimate patients alike toward opioids without the tamper-proof properties Health Canada wants to make mandatory.​ Read more




Centre for Addiction and Mental Health fashion show celebrates resilience and recovery
June 1, 2014
Parkdale Villager

Bronwyn Sims was among 35 individuals at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) who took to the stage at this year’s “Suits Me Fine” fashion show,​ Read more​




Rising youth homelessness a crisis we mustn't ignore
May 12, 2014
Toronto Star

This opinion piece was written and submitted by Dr. Sean Kidd, Head of the Psychology Service of CAMH Schizophrenia Services and Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.
Read more​



Alcohol use on the decline among teenagers
May 1, 2014
Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Robert Mann, a researcher in the public health and regulatory policy section of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says drinking among teens has significantly decreased since the 1970s. read more​




What you don’t want to know: drinking too much can give you cancer​
April 30, 2014
Toronto Star

​​​‘We need more awareness in the population that alcohol is a carcinogen,’ CAMH scientist says. read more




Teens who suffer a concussion more likely to attempt suicide: study​
April 15, 2014
CTV News (CP)

Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied and seeking help for mental health issues from crisis help lines, a study has found. The study was conducted using data from the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. read more



Canadians' mental-health info routinely shared with FBI, U.S. custom
April 14, 2014
CBC News

Ontario’s privacy commissioner has discovered that the mental-health information of some Canadians is accessible to the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.read more




If He's Sexually Aggressive In Bars, It's Not Because He's Drunk
March 3, 2014
NPR (npr.org)

Young women are often the targets of aggression when they're out in bars, but the problem isn't that guys are too drunk to know better. Instead, men are preying on women who have had too much to drink. read more




iPolitics

By Dr. Sandy Simpson, CAMH Chief of Forensic Psychiatry

Bill C-14, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, is now before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. In his testimony to the committee on February 27, Justice Minister Peter McKay repeated the oft-used statement that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. read more



Better care sought for mentally ill inmates
February 17, 2014
Toronto Star

The Toronto South Detention Centre, which officially opened last month in Mimico, replaces the crumbling Don jail and the Toronto West Detention Centre,....“What we’re going to add . . . is a much more comprehensive screening or triage process of people coming in,” said Dr. Sandy Simpson, CAMH’s chief of forensic psychiatry. read more​



Ontario unveils $60-million project to help mentally ill
January 28, 2014
The Globe and Mail

On a day when Canadians across the country texted and tweeted to support mental health, the Ontario government unveiled a $60-million project to help the mentally ill when they fall physically ill.read more​




Non-Smoking Week offers support for those looking to quit for good​
January 20, 2014
CTV News

For smokers who made a New Year's resolution to butt out for good but somehow saw that Jan. 1 deadline come and go, this week -- National Non-Smoking Week and its Weedless Wednesday -- offers an encouraging reminder that it's never too late to quit. read more​



Faces of Pot: The psychiatrist
January 16, 2014
Toronto Star

When a patient checks into the youth psychosis prevention clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dr. Romina Mizrahi asks a series of standard questions. One is: “Do you smoke marijuana?” read more​




More Ontario students drive after using marijuana than after drinking: study
December 11, 2013
CTV News

More Ontario high school students report driving after using marijuana than after having a few drinks, according to a province-wide study tracking substance use among students. read more​




Family doctors can catch PTSD by screening high-risk patients: psychiatrist
December 19, 2013
CTV News (CP)

Family doctors can play a key role in initially screening patients, such as those in the military, at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests.​ read more​




Understanding PTSD: A look at the condition, how to treat it
December 6, 2013
CTV News

Dr. Katy Kamkar, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Torontosays the symptoms can be broken into three categories: read more​




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