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CAMH in the Headlines

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):

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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