His Royal Highness Prince Harry visits CAMH
His Royal Highness Prince Harry visited CAMH on Saturday, September 23. During the visit, the Prince learned about CAMH's history, our patient care and supports and our scientific breakthroughs. Prince Harry is a well-known advocate for mental health, working with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the UK charity 'Heads Together' to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness. He has spoken frankly and courageously about his own struggles. We are grateful he has chosen to honour CAMH with a visit, alongside his schedule for the Invictus Games. With one in five Canadians living with mental illness, we welcome the attention the Prince's visit brings to this most important cause.
Update on property at College and Russell Street Sites
Good news for CAMH: The University of Toronto has purchased the four-acre parcel of land at College and Spadina on which CAMH's College and Russell Street buildings reside. U of T was able to arrange to purchase the property from a fund managed by Brookfield Asset Management for $123-million. The purchase will allow the university to shape the future use of a prominent gateway to its campus. For CAMH, the arrangement also means the hospital can continue to use the space for as long as needed.
Sunshine Garden fresh market cart every Wednesday from 11:30-1:30 Aug-Oct
The Garden is a partnership between CAMH and Foodshare Toronto, which runs a client community garden here at CAMH. A wonderful harvest of organic products are available. Markets happen at the southwest corner of 1001 Queen St. W and Gordon Bell St. We're sharing everything from kale and garlic scapes to carrots and heirloom tomatoes and our hand-crafted chutney, salsa and herbal vinegars as well as decorative herb planters.
Art Strategy for CAMH Redevelopment Art is an important part of CAMH’s ongoing Queen Street Redevelopment Project. In the latest buildings a centerpiece artwork sets the tone for many of the visual aspects throughout, helping to create an interconnected and welcoming environment for patients and staff. With the next phase of redevelopment (Phase 1C) in 2017, the CAMH Art Selection Panel (CASP) put a call out to local artists for letters of interest. There will be 10 architecturally-integrated, public-facing pieces selected, along with 25 stand-alone pieces for corridors and waiting areas.
CAMH Redevelopment Next Phase begins fall 2017
After years of planning and consultation the construction of this third phase will begin late October 2017. On September 28, a community meeting about Phase 1C took place at the Queen Street site. CAMH Redevelopment and the Plenary team provided an overview of the project and what we can expect during construction. Infastructure Ontario (IO) and CAMH selected Plenary Health after extensive evaluations following an open, fair and competitive request for proposals process that began in February 2016. Plenary has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the next phase of CAMH's redevelopment at the Queen Street Site. From the redevelopment Master Plan of 2002 onwards the goal has been to ensure the integration of CAMH's clinical care, education, research and other functions with shared public elements such as courtyards, a library, auditorium and green spaces. This is an important step in the multi-phase project that aims to transform care and change the future of mental health, while revitalizing CAMH's connection to the community.
Toronto Flower Market
CAMH is happy to have the Toronto Flower Market on our site. As part of its ongoing commitment to changing attitudes surrounding mental illness, the Community Use of Space initiative looks for creative ways to share hospital grounds with artists and community groups throughout the year. The upcoming dates for the Toronto Flower Market are July 15th, August 19th, September 9th, and October 7th, 2017.
Workman Arts: Artists with Extraordinary Minds
is an arts and mental health company known internationally for its artistic
collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research
in the area of the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living
with mental illness and addiction. Click on the link for latest events
Suits Me Fine Fashion Show CAMH hosted our annual Suits Me Fine Client Fashion Show in April, hosted for the third time by the fabulous Jeanne Beker.
[>] Watch the video of the fashion show here
Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest
BtCN is CAMH’s longest-standing
educational outreach program to high school students and it aims to increase
awareness among youth of the causes, treatments, signs, symptoms, and
interventions for mental health and addictions issues. 70% of adult mental
illnesses have their onset in childhood and adolescence. Know a high school student who could benefit from a session?
Running Free Group Every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., the Running Free run group leaves from the Bell Gateway building lobby to put intention into action. The group is open to everyone: CAMH clients, employees and members of the community. People of all running levels are welcome.
For mental health and addiction related community events, please click here.
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