CAMH joined Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities Reza Moridi on World Mental Health Day, October 10 when he
announced the extension of the province’s Mental Health Innovation Fund. The fund
sponsors initiatives designed to support innovative approaches to on-campus
mental health service delivery, and encourages knowledge sharing and best
practices between institutions, mental health care providers, and the
(L to R) David Wiljer, MPP Han Dong, Lucy Fromowitz, U of T, Minister Reza
Moridi, Kaleem Hawa, U of T student, Dr.
Marcus Law, U of T
One of those initiatives is ThoughtSpot, a joint
project with CAMH, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, the Ontario
College of Art and Design University and ConnexOntario.
ThoughtSpot is an online interactive map designed by
students, for students, in the Greater Toronto Area. The map allows students to
easily identify and access health and wellness services, and discover resources
that are relevant to their experiences. The map shows students where to find supports,
from legal clinics to health clubs, mental health counseling to parks and
recreational centres. The map already
offers over 900 health and wellness spots across the GTA, from Ajax to Erin
Mills, and is primed for more.
CAMH Senior Director, Transformational Education and
Academic Advancement David Wiljer says,
"ThoughtSpot has been recognized by the province as an excellent example
of what partnerships can do to help postsecondary students access the mental
health services they need. We are very grateful to be a partner on this project,
which is engaging students in the development of meaningful solutions. In the creation of
ThoughtSpot, CAMH Education had the unique opportunity to join forces with over
33 amazing young leaders from almost every discipline to improve mental health
for all students."
CAMH Senior Director, Transformational Education
and Academic Advancement David Wiljer
November 7-9, the ThoughtSpot team is partnering with the
Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ) for a three day event, called Hackathought.
Teams will be challenged to create mobile Apps for
ThoughtSpot, and discover new ways for students and other users to contribute
to the map using social media, mobile technologies and other innovative
approaches. Prizes range from $2500 cash
to gym passes.
Hackathought will kick off with a panel of experts leading a
discussion on the common issues for students surrounding mental health, held at
the DMZ on November 7.
"We welcome all who are interested to join us, and
together we will create mobile, sustainable and responsive tools to transform
the way post-secondary students find and access mental health services."
says Andrew Johnson, Manager, Client and Family Education at CAMH.