Through our research, we are working toward a model of more personalized prevention, diagnosis and care for each individual. At CAMH, we engage people with lived experience, patients, family members, community partners, clinicians and scientists to participate in research and generate knowledge about how different factors affect the course of mental illness. Our goal is to help every person find the most effective and appropriate treatment for their mental illness.
Through Shkaabe Makwa, we are working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to improve mental health equity and wellness in ways that respect and honour traditional knowledge and community expertise, with service providers across Ontario. We also are home to three centres of excellence in youth mental health, where young people play a central role in developing treatments and interventions that work for them, including a specialty care model for youth experiencing first episode psychosis. Additionally, our leadership in telemental health ensures that we are able to provide high-quality virtual mental health services to those in need, no matter where they live.
CAMH scientists are using the latest tools and technologies to improve care. We are collecting and studying the full spectrum of data—from sleep and physical activity records to blood samples and brain images—to help us better understand and diagnose mental illness, and find new treatments and prevention strategies. Convergence—bringing together all the available information about individuals and their mental health journeys, and engaging them in research—is the key to igniting discovery and answering our most difficult questions about mental illness.