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Patient as Teacher

Breaking through the “us and them” dichotomy. Providing staff with patient perspectives help foster well-rounded relationships.

Toronto Star article - originally published on June 7, 2014

Sacha Agrawal and Jake Crookall
Staff psychiatrist Sacha Agrawal (left), with resident, Jake Crookall, calls the benefits of a patient-mentor relationship "transformative." Photo credit: Nick Kozak, Special to the Toronto Star

Schizophrenic. Bipolar. Clinically depressed. Too often, “people become reduced to that label,” says Kevin Hareguy. “But that’s not who the whole person is. There’s a human being there.”

This is the key message Hareguy delivered to a group of staff members from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health when he spoke to them earlier this year.

Click here to continue reading this article in the Toronto Star's website.


CAMH was featured in a special section of the Toronto Star on June 7, 2014. In the special supplement, the Star went behind the scenes at CAMH to see how the work we do transforms the lives of those affected by mental illness and addiction.

Visit the Toronto Star's website to view the stories featured in this special section.

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