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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2016

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual public education campaign designed to highlight the impact of mental illness and to promote recovery.

CAMH knows that the Social Determinants of Health - income, education, employment, housing and social sup​​ports - are very important to recovery and to overall mental health. 

This page is home to stories, tools and videos highlighting CAMH initiatives that are improving the lives of those living with mental illness by addressing the social determinants of health.

Stay tuned throughout MIAW 2016 - October 2 to 8 - for fresh content.


  
Mandatory training for shelters serving LGBTQ2S youth
CAMH's Dr. Alex Abramovich recently worked in partnership with The 519 to develop a curriculum, with the goal to help staff and organizations become better allies of LGBTQ2S youth.

Read the full story.

Special Event: PhotoVoice's Perspective: Views from Here



From October 6-30, Toronto’s Design Exchange will showcase photography taken by CAMH’s LEARN clients, as part of a new PhotoVoice exhibit entitled
Perspective: the View from Here. The exhibit features 33 photographs portraying unique perspectives of life with mental illness. The collection is meant to empower, educate, challenge and inspire through captivating imagery.

Stay tuned for photos and a story from the event.


 

Engaging youth in shaping research

New CAMH initiatives are embedding young people in research as co-creators. The team’s largest initiative to date is YouthCan IMPACT, a partnership among youth, family members, four community organizations and four hospitals to create and evaluate three new clinics for youth mental health.

Read about the evolution of this novel approach and hear from Dr. Joanna Henderson, Director of CAMH's McCain Centre​.



CAMH's Employment and Education Information Fair

A record 54 employers, community employment agencies, colleges, universities and volunteer organizations participated in this year's Client Employment and Educational Fair – an annual event coordinated by CAMH's Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Service which connects employers with clients looking to go back to school or get a job.​

Stay tuned for the full story from this year's event.


 
Blog: "It is easier to have healing when you are not so alone"



Dr. Julie George, a member of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation (KSPFN), and Project Scientist in CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research​ blogs about a participatory approach to addressing mental health.

Read her full blog post, and others, here.


 
Special Event: New Patient Dental Clinic open its doors

CAMH's dental clinic treats the most disadvantaged patients, many of whom are unable to work and cannnot afford a visit to the dentist. Recognizing a great need to increase access to care for low-income patients, CAMH has expanded its dental clinic, which opened its doors on October 5. 

Dr. Paul Zung, CAMH's Senior Dentist talks about the difficulties and importance of psychiatric dental care in this Globe and Mail article.


Read how the Dental Clinic is making a difference in the lives of the people it serves.​​​


New app aims to boost motivation in people with schizophrenia 


A new mobile app created by CAMH researchers is aiming to treat motivation problems in people with schizophrenia. It also offers a new way for health care providers to support and collaborate with clients during their treatment.

Read more and hear from Dr. George​ Foussias, Clinician Scientist in CAMH's Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 CEO Blog

 
With the upcoming Federal/Provincial Health Ministers meeting on the renewal of the Health Accord, CAMH’s President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn thinks this is an historic opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and eliminate the barriers faced by people with mental illness.​​​

[+] Read her blog

 

 Events

 
Medical Psychiatry Alliance Conference
October 5

MindFest
October 5

CAMH LEARN + Design Exchange PhotoVoice Exhibit
October 6-31
 

 Videos

 
Promoting Mental Health: Finding a Shared Language


There is growing discussion about mental h
ealth in Ontario and the way we talk about it matters. 

This video by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre explains the separate but interconnected concepts of mental health and mental illness.

 

This year’s theme is psychological and mental health first aid.

Learning the basic principles of psychological first aid will help you to provide support to people who are very distressed, and, importantly, to know what not to say.

CAMH’s S
enior Medical Advisor, Dr. David Goldbloom, talks about the ways you can help someone going through a mental health emergency.
 
 

New approach to care for Alzheimer’s dementia and aggression​

Aggression associated with dementia is a major problem in long-term care homes, sometimes resulting in serious harm or even death. 

CAMH has developed a new approach to care focused on reducing aggression quickly by minimizing overmedication and inefficient treatments. ​


 

 More stories

 

Modified approach enhances supports for people with schizophrenia
A modified version of a successful treatment is improving the day-to-day lives of people with schizophrenia


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