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Need a Source? Expert comment available regarding mental health and trauma resulting from the earthquake in Haiti

For immediate release - January 19, 2010 (TORONTO) - We know that the devastating earthquake in Haiti is taking a psychological toll on those experiencing the tragedy, as well as those in other countries awaiting news from their loved ones, including thousands in our own city. Mental health services are vital to help people cope with this tragedy, and long after the initial emergency response, adequate mental health services and a long-term strategic plan are essential to recovery.
With ‘on the ground’ experience in providing this kind of support following past major disasters, CAMH has mental health and trauma experts available for media interview to help put these topics into perspective.  
Experts available for interview:
Dr. Katy Kamkar, Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Trauma Program, CAMH
- Importance of mental health supports for those in Canada with loved ones in Haiti
- Exposed trauma and the media: how to discuss traumatic events with children
- Warning signs and tips for coping with ongoing stress
 
Akwatu Khenti, Director of International Health, CAMH
- The need for long-term mental health interventions for countries after a natural disaster
- Lessons learned from CAMH's work with other countries
 
For more information about coping with traumatic events, please visit CAMH here.
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For further information: For media interview contact: Michael Torres at (416) 595-6015 or email: media@camh.net.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.  CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. Michael CAMH Media Relations
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