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NYAC Holiday Survival Tips

NYAC Holiday TipsMembers of CAMH’s National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) realized that articles that give helpful holiday tips are often directed toward an older audience – but holidays can be stressful for young people too! Read below for some stories and tips for young people, written by young people. Read more

LEARNing the real meaning of the holidays

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Arthur and Mohammed, clients at LEARN, blog about the importance of getting together to celebrate the season.

Every year, CAMH’s LEARN program invites staff, volunteers, clients and family to celebrate the holidays with a festive party. Singing, dancing, games and plenty of food and presents provided by CAMH Foundation’s Gifts of Light program help to kick off the season and make it a little brighter. Here’s what two of our clients, Arthur and Mohammed, had to say about their holiday experience at CAMH: Read more

Workplace Safety at CAMH

By Rani Srivastava, Chief, Nursing & Professional Practice

Following a news release issued by ONA and OPSEU, the Toronto Star published an article on December 17 about an incident that occurred in January 2014. A CAMH Nurse was injured by a patient, and another nurse who came to assist her was injured. This serious incident had an impact on all of us at CAMH.

CAMH is required to notify the Ministry of Labor when such events occur, and we did so. The Ministry investigated thoroughly but has not yet issued a report. Toronto Police investigated and CAMH conducted an internal review with report to our Board of Trustees.

At CAMH, we specialize in treating patients with complex and serious forms of mental illness, including those with behavioral, cognitive and developmental disorders. Our healthcare professionals are skilled in practice protocols and procedures that address the management of agitated/aggressive behavior. We have a comprehensive Workplace Violence Prevention Program in place that includes mandatory training, tools, policies and procedures developed in partnership with our unions as well as ONA and OPSEU central. Read more

Mental Illness and the Prison System

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By Dr. Sandy Simpson, Chief of Forensic Psychiatry at CAMH

Why are so many people with mental illness in jail?Dr. Sandy Simpson

The problem of people with mental illness being over-represented in the criminal justice system is widely referred to as the ‘criminalisation of the mentally ill’. Why are there more people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system than there should be?

Mental illness rates are about 4 to 7 times more common in prison than in the community. The reasons for this are complex. Read more

Coping with Holiday Stress

holiday-stressBy Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

Donna-Ferguson-blog-photoThe holidays can be a joyous and relaxing time. It can also be a time that individuals experience the most stress. Family and friends, although supportive and helpful, can also be a source of stress during the holidays. There can also be financial stress when one is trying to buy gifts for loved ones.

Stress can take over your life. It can negatively affect your sleep and cause you to become agitated. This is particularly true when people are having difficulties at work and trying to find a balance between work and life. Interpersonal stress, lack of control, work demands, and lack of flexibility are some of the issues that can negatively affect you due to stress.

Here are some ways that one can cope with stress more effectively, during the holidays and throughout the year:

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