May 1, 2013 – May 6 –12,
2013 is Mental Health Week, a week designed to raise awareness and continue the
conversation about mental health.
The theme for this year’s
Mental Health Week is youth mental health, with a special focus on the key role
that parents and caregivers continue to play in the lives of youth. In Ontario, 1 in 5 children
and youth are affected by a mental health issue.
Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder, attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bi-polar
disorder. Left untreated, mental health issues can lead to school failure,
family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide.
Dr. Peter Szatmari, the
Chief of the new Child Youth and Mental Health Collaborative at the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and SickKids is available for expert comment
on youth mental health issues and ways to find help.
For more information on
Mental Health Week and for a list of events taking place across the country visit
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 its field. 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.
Media Contact: Michael
Torres, CAMH Media Relations (416) 595 6015 or firstname.lastname@example.org