- What is ‘AI’ and what is it doing in psychiatry?
- Caregiver Lunch and Unlearn: Autistic Adults & Mental Health: Unlearning Autism
- Lost and found: Queer selves, stay-at-Home orders, and the Covid19 pandemic
- Sex, gender, and cannabis use
- Sleep across the lifespan
- How to evaluate online health information
- CAMH PFLS privacy and consent workshop
What is ‘AI’ and what is it doing in psychiatry?
We introduce patients and families to the emerging role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in psychiatry. We will begin by busting some myths about what the future of AI might look like and then provide an overview of how these new tools are being used to advance discovery and improve care at CAMH. We will also learn more about how researchers at CAMH are grappling with both the possible benefits and risks of these new tools. We will conclude with a brief discussion about what this might mean for patients and families at CAMH.
Presenters: Dr. Laura Sikstrom (she/her) is a project scientist and medical anthropologist at the Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics. Renee Rosenmann (she/her) is an Addictions Counselor, Community Service Worker and Mental Health Support Worker as well as a CAMH Lived Experience Research Advisor and an advocate for the homeless. Dr. Nelson Shen (he/him) is a project scientist for the Digital Health Interventions unit within the Centre for Complex Interventions. E m Glasspool (he/him) is an artist and theatre professional who "continues to re-examine a career that has been an engaging and profoundly stirring mixture of activism, traditional ‘plays,’ solo and ensemble performance, and community outreach.
Caregiver Lunch and Unlearn: Autistic Adults & Mental Health: Unlearning Autism
October 20th, 2022
Organized, developed & facilitated by caregivers with the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre and the CAMH Patient and Family Learning Space.
Tired of Lunch & Learns? The first of 6-sessions introduced interactive unlearning of topics relevant to caregivers. Presenters aimed to provide an empowering space to examine what we think we know & consider different perspectives.
In celebration of Autism Awareness month caregivers and Autistic advocates, Karim Mosna and Riley Goldsmith, explored:
- A (very) brief history of Autism
- Autism as a Community & Identity
- The impact of Masking
- What caregivers supporting diverse loved ones should know.
Lost and found: Queer selves, stay-at-Home orders, and the Covid19 pandemic
20 September 2022
In public health orders, “home” created a particular ideal: safe, well, and uncomplicated. But like all ideals, “home” was always complicated with taken-for-granted untruths: assumptions that everyone has a home, that homes have enough space and resources within them to meet our needs, that homes are filled with the people most important to us, that homes are safer than what lies beyond the front door. Many people–particularly queer and trans people–have not had that experience of home, and staying at home meant losing out on a sense of self.
The presentation draws on interviews conducted in Spring 2021 with 44 people in the Greater Toronto Area about their experiences of the Covid pandemic and restrictive public health responses. The researchers think about stay-at-home orders as measures that not only required that we shelter in place, but also restricted our ability to live beyond the usual ideas of family and home so where we create new possibilities, selves, and worlds.
Presenters: Jessica Fields (she/her) is a Professor of Health & Society and of Sociology at the University of Toronto and Sarah Williams (she/her) is a medical anthropologist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Brown University.
Sex, gender, and cannabis use
May 25, 2022
This webinar will present an overview of cannabis, with a focus on sex and gender influences. During this webinar, participants will become more familiar with cannabis fundamentals, risks and potential harms, therapeutic uses, and cannabis use and mental health. There will be a focus on sex and gender related factors influencing the prevalence, patterns, and effects of cannabis use and cannabis use disorder. Our presenter will also briefly discuss cannabis research studies happening at CAMH and how to get involved.
Madi Wright (she/her) is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Toronto in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Sleep across the lifespan
Dr. Michael Mak discusses the intimate relationship between sleep and mental health symptoms from childhood to old age. The session offers tips to improve your sleep and overall health.
Michael Mak (he/him) is a sleep medicine specialist and staff psychiatrist at the CAMH. He also provides cultural mental health care for the Hong Fook Mental Health Association.
How to evaluate online health information
How do you evaluate online health information to ensure it is accurate and trustworthy?
While it is great to have access to a wide variety of health information at our fingertips through web/internet searches, there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Learn how to review and evaluate sources of health information so you can feel confident that it is accurate, relevant and trustworthy. About the Presenter: Sarah Bonato is a health science librarian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
CAMH PFLS privacy and consent workshop
A webinar to learn about privacy and consent within the mental health system. Topics covered include working with and sharing information with families; an overview of privacy and collection/use/disclosure of personal health information (PHI) and consent.
About the Presenters: Kendra Naidoo is Senior Legal Counsel, Clinical Legal Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Aleksandra Pridraski (Aleks) is the Information and Privacy Officer for the Information and Privacy Office (IPO) at the CAMH. Jane Paterson, MSW RSW is the Senior Director of Interprofessional Practice at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.
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When a family member has questions about privacy and consent
Patient privacy is very important. Health care workers ensure that they respect a patient’s right to privacy by asking them who they would like to be involved in their care and what information they would like to be shared. This is why you may have to wait until your family member has given consent before you can receive information from the health care team or share information with them.
This pamphlet answers common questions about privacy and consent. It is not a document that gives legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer. Visit the webpage / Download the PDF.