Transforming the lives of youth in transition goes far beyond the clinic and the laboratory. We know that education and awarenes are crucial components of extended care.
We identified what resources are needed beyond those existing in the community, and we are boldly investing in the areas in which gaps exist. At the Slaight Centre, we're especially interested in designing new technologies that will protect young people —both today and tomorrow—from a lifetime of illness.
Are you a young person experiencing mental illness?
We are supporting, and developing, new mobile applications intended to deliver real-world coping strategies that will help you take an active role in your transition to recovery.
Thought Spot is an app created to increase awareness of local mental health services. Young people can plot their favourite spot—such as a park, recreation centre, library or mental health provider — on a map and share it with others. This tool has become incredibly popular with thousands of college and university-age students looking for help to cope with stress and other mental health needs.
Saying When is a mobile app designed for young people concerned about their drinking, but who do not have a severe alcohol use disorder.
Are you a family member of a young person with mental illness?
Families play a critical role in the care and recovery of young people with serious mental illness, and evidence shows that individuals who have strong family support have the greatest chance for recovery. We are developing platforms that give you useful, clear, and evidence-based information to help your loved ones maintain the gains of treatment.
Dr. Sean Kidd and colleagues are also in the process of developing an effective resource for families to assist key supports in applying CAT strategies. They have developed a family manual and an instructional DVD which recently were shown to be associated with improvements in community functioning and enhanced caregiver engagement in a research study. This manual is being revised and improved further and in 2016 will become available online along with a suite of related resources.
Are you a practitioner supporting youth with mental illness?
Portico is knowledge exchange network for mental health and addictions professionals, as well as young people, families and caregivers. CAMH's new knowledge-sharing website that provides credible information and facilitates access to online communities for care professionals, as well as patients, families, and the public.