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Join CAMH at the Grand Opening of its Queen Street site

Where being part of the community is part of the treatment

For Immediate Release – Be the first to see the future of mental illness and addiction treatment.  Join CBC Radio personality Matt Galloway as he welcomes hundreds of community members and special guests to the Grand Opening of the second phase of the CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment Project on June 21. 

Once the site of the 1850 ‘Provincial Lunatic Asylum’, CAMH has transformed an isolated campus into a new neighbourhood integrated into the West Queen West community. New streets, parks, businesses and residences are side-by-side with three new hospital buildings, co-locating youth and geriatric patients for the first time. Determined to break down the stigma of mental illness, CAMH has created a new kind of hospital, where being part of the community is part of the treatment. 

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the new CAMH—nothing quite like it exists anywhere else in the world.

Date: June 21, 2012
Time: 11am sharp
Location: 1001 Queen St. West
Who: Matt Galloway, host of CBC’s Metro Morning will host the event and interview special guests including:

  • Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO
  • The Honourable Deb Matthews, Minster of Health and Long-Term Care
  • The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and Youth Services
  • Nick Carveth, client in CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family Program
  • John Bentley Mays, client in CAMH’s Geriatric Mental Health Program
  • George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada, corporate donor
  • Rosario Marchese, MPP Trinity-Spadina
  • Mike Layton, City Councillor, Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina


Photo op:     Dr. Catherine Zahn and guests will participate in the cutting of a giant ribbon to officially open the new buildings.

Tours will be available to media and the public beginning at noon. Advanced media tours are also available by appointment.

Media Contact: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH; 416-595-6015

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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 help 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.

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