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One glorious gift: Slaight Family Foundation Centre for Youth in Transition at CAMH

I’m thrilled to let you know that CAMH is one of five Toronto hospitals to receive a $10 million donation from the Slaight Family Foundation as part of a $50 million gift toward advancing healthcare for the citizens of Toronto and Ontario. The impact of the five initiatives will be both local and global and will serve people today and into the future. Read more

Does major renovation of inpatient units in psychiatry improve treatment outcomes?

Most of us probably assume that improving the physical characteristics of a treatment environment in an inpatient unit should help increase the chance of treatment success. However, there is little information available showing that such renovations of a psychiatry unit improves treatment. Read more

Food Insecurity in Canada

In a country of relative wealth, the fact that 1 in 8 Canadian families struggle to get enough food comes as a shock. This Q&A, with food policy and food systems expert Dr. Catherine Mah, takes a close look at how food insecurity affects Canadians, and what we can do about it. Read more

Justice Denied

Recently, the Emmy for best drama series went to Breaking Bad, a story featuring a high school teacher in the US who reverted to criminal activity to pay for his cancer care. When a loved one is struck by cancer in Canada, there’s plenty of worry and heartbreak. However, one thing we aren’t burdened with is concern about how to pay our healthcare bills. If that same person becomes disabled by a mental illness, care by a psychiatrist is covered, but there are many financial obstacles on the path to recovery – like access to psychotherapy provided by a psychologist or other care provider. Read more

The challenges we face: student mental health

It’s been said over and over again: your college or university years are supposed to be the best years of your life. Certainly the media portrays things to be this way. Just imagine: three to four years of non-stop drinking, eating, and partying. But wait a minute, where does studying and going to lectures fit into all of this? This is something we often manage to forget. Read more