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Celebrating Darkness to Light the Healthy Way

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With thanks to Christina Zavaglia, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator, Complex Mental Illness Program

CAMH’s first ever Darkness to Light event is right around the corner, and people across the country are preparing to stay up all night in support of mental health. As you plan your event, there are a couple of  things to keep in mind, so that you’re celebrating in a safe and healthy manner. Read more

Thoughts on APA 2015

APA-welcomeBy Dr. Bruce Pollock, Vice-President, Research at CAMH

“There is no health without mental health”

This fact, which resonates with what we believe at CAMH, was made by Dr. Renee Binder, incoming president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to attendees at the APA’s Annual Meeting in Toronto last week. Read more

A Beautiful Mind

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By Dr. Sean Kidd, Head of the Psychology Service of CAMH’s Schizophrenia Services and Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry

This past Saturday the brilliant mathematician Dr. John Nash and his wife were killed in a car accident on the New Jersey turnpike. Dr. Nash was 86 years old. His work in mathematics was internationally recognized, earning him prestigious awards such as the Nobel and Abel prizes. Despite such accomplishments, he is far better known as the inspiration for the Sylvia Nasar biography ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and the 2001 film of the same name starring Russell Crowe.

This film, inspired by his life, stands still as one of a very small number that has the experiences of schizophrenia as a primary focus. Read more

True Colors Shine Through at The White House

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By Dr. Alex Abramovich, Postdoctoral Fellow, Social & Epidemiological Research Department

The True Colors Fund in New York City, co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, works towards ending LGBTQ youth homelessness. My colleagues at the True Colors Fund have persistently tried to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, America’s only Federal law that funds services for youth experiencing homelessness, they have also worked hard to ensure that the Act recognizes the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth. Read more

Stigma – Overcoming that last taboo

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By Elizabeth Scott, an independent, Toronto-based writer and editor

I know what stigma feels like – frustrating, maddening, depressing. There really are no positive words to describe its impact on people and families that deal with mental health concerns.

I’ve pushed through stigma’s oppression on many occasions. Like an ugly shawl, stigma feels like a shroud, something embarrassing; a disgrace. It’s an awful word that evokes awful responses that are often based on misinformation and myth. Its effects are a modern day tragedy. Read more