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2011 Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

CAMH in the Headlines 2011

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):
Toronto Star
December 25
Though incomplete, the rebuilding of its site at Queen and Ossington is a shining example of how planning and architecture must follow new attitudes or risk irrelevance. An enlightened project for both the CAMH and the city. Read more
National Geographic
December 16
They have the same piercing eyes. The same color hair. One may be shy, while the other loves meeting new people. Discovering why identical twins differ—despite having the same DNA—could reveal a great deal about all of us. Read more
Daily Mail (UK)
December 13
A study has found that the dance floor is the most likely place for brawls to break out inside a drinking establishment. Around one in five of the most harmful incidents took place on the dance floor, while another 13 per cent were near it, researchers found. Read more
Toronto Star
November 29
Fewer Ontario teens are getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol and teen smoking is at an all-time low in the province, according to new research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Read more
Globe and Mail
November 28
Cutting-edge work investigating new ways to treat mental illness and provide better care for patients will soon be one step closer to reality because of a massive $30-million donation to create a new research institute at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Read more
Toronto Star
November 21
She's the image of poised perfection: a come-hither blonde in a sexy gold dress, balancing a martini between polished red nails, Read more
Sarnia Observer
November 9
Family dinners can go a long way. So says Dr. David Goldbloom, who spoke at Wednesday's Youth Mental Health Symposium..Read more
CBC News
November 8
Researchers have found a possible link between heavy use of methamphetamines and schizophrenia. Scientists at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ..Read more
Wall Street Journal
November 1
Recent headlines have made alcohol seem almost like a health food: "Alcohol Can Be Good for the Heart..." or "Another Reason to Drink Red Wine." But evidence is mounting of a more insidious threat: Read more
Toronto Sun
October 24
 With names like Panama red, stink, and bhang, it's not just new words that today's parents may need to learn when talking to their kids about marijuana. It's also about what's in today's pot. Read more
Toronto Star
October 11
While Toronto police response to mentally ill assailants has improved over the years, mental health advocates argue not enough is being done to prevent unnecessary deaths, even after numerous recommendations by inquests. Read more
USA Today
September 1
Nearly one in 10 women in the United States were married before the age of 18, a new study finds, and they could face a slightly higher risk of mental illness than other married women. Read more
Toronto Star
September 1
Former Leaf tough guy Wade Belak, who committed suicide in a downtown Toronto hotel Wednesday, would have taken countless hits to a part of the brain that is most associated with major depression, read more
CBC News
August 11
 Women with a history of depression may have an increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. Read more
National Post
August 2
The Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health released a study Tuesday that showed people who smoke a pack or more of cigarettes daily had elevated levels… Read more
July 29
"This study provides evidence of this association for the first time, even though it has been suspected for 30 years," said lead researcher Dr. Russell Callaghan, a scientist with CAMH..Read more
July 18
A gene linked to intellectual disability was found in a study involving the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)..Read more
Winnipeg Free Press
May 19

Compulsive gambling may be a complex and challenging issue to live with, but a Calgary researcher suggests solutions for identifying and treating the problem don't have to be. Read more
CBC News
May 12
A $10-million donation Wednesday by Bell Canada is described as "historic," and the largest corporate gift to mental illness in Canada. Read more
Toronto Star
April 30
The young woman, who was struggling with bipolar disorder, had completed two months of day treatment at the centre’s Mood and Anxiety Inpatient Unit (MAUI) and was afraid to spend four consecutive weeks in the cramped space. Read more
Toronto Star
April 30
A woman, found naked on a downtown street corner….a man, deeply depressed and struggling with alcohol addiction…These are some of the people who have come to the emergency room at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on a recent Thursday night. Read more
Toronto Star
April 30
The man is articulate, pausing sometimes to choose his words. “I’ve been hospitalized numerous times,” he says. “But basically I regarded myself as being abducted. I think people were paid thousands of dollars to abduct me, maybe.” Read more
Toronto Star
April 30
For years Sam Franchi dreaded going to school. Crippling anxiety made it hard for him to leave the house and most days he felt lost and lonely in his big Toronto high school. Read more
Toronto Star
April 30
This is a success story. Still, the names have been changed to shield identities and perhaps protect a job. Such is the stigma that attaches to mental illness, read more
Toronto Star
March 28
From Regent Park to the Ritz-Carlton, 60 Richmond to the Royal Ontario Museum, a new architecture of openness is remaking the city. Among the best examples is the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Queen St. W. read more
CBC News
March 28
Pediatricians should start asking children, teens and their parents about internet use to look for any mental health problems that could be related to use of social media like Facebook, read more
The Globe and Mail
February 8
A gene that plays a role in memory and learning also shapes the architecture of the aging brain in ways that may make people more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease read more
The Globe and Mail
January 26
Barroom brawls and pub fights are often depicted in movies as free-for-alls with willing participants, but new research read more..
CTV News
January 18
Barroom brawls and pub fights are often depicted in movies as free-for-alls with willing participants, but new research aims to dissect the experience and finds a distinct difference between perpetrators and victims. Read more

Stressed Out? Try mindfulness mediation
Globe and Mail
January 9, 

Zindel Segal was in a Toronto bookstore a few weeks ago, when a title caught his eye. The book, The Mindful Investor, caused him a moment of shock and panic. Read more
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