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Opioids, legal or not, can kill; It’s time for action

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By Dr. Peter Selby, Chief of Addictions and Director of Medical Education at CAMH

In the past few weeks, the media has covered a spate of tragic deaths from overdose due to fentanyl, a very potent opioid, some 50 times stronger than morphine. What’s more is that new research shows skyrocketing prescription rates and illegally produced opioids are accessible across the country.

Overdose deaths are needless and entirely preventable; it’s time to take action.

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Keeping the Faith: One student’s experience with spirituality and mental health

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By Christal Huang, CAMH NYAC member, and Joanna Liscio

In the history of defining the concept of health, mental health has become an increasingly important part of the conversation. Fortunately, different methods of coping with mental illness and maintaining mental health have been a product of these discussions. This has allowed people to explore and use what works best for them. A faith- or spirituality-based approach to coping with mental illness is one of these methods. Despite its common use, there are many myths and misconceptions. Read more

A Thank you, Farewell, and Best Wishes to Psychology Interns

Back (left to right) – Dr. Donna Ferguson (Practice Lead); Robert Enoch; Leigh Henderson; Sarah Dermody; Katie Fracalanza; Tera Beaulieu; James Watson-Gaze; Dr. Sean Kidd (Discipline Chief) Front (left to right) – Dr. Niki Fitzgerald (Training Director); Danielle Blackmore; Kaley Roosen; Nina Vitopoulos; Jasmin Dhillon; Terra Dafoe; Bramilee Dhayanandhan

Back (left to right) – Dr. Donna Ferguson (Practice Lead); Robert Enoch; Leigh Henderson; Sarah Dermody; Katie Fracalanza; Tera Beaulieu; James Watson-Gaze; Dr. Sean Kidd (Discipline Chief)
Front (left to right) – Dr. Niki Fitzgerald (Training Director); Danielle Blackmore; Kaley Roosen; Nina Vitopoulos; Jasmin Dhillon; Terra Dafoe; Bramilee Dhayanandhan

By Dr. Niki Fitzgerald, Psychologist at CAMH

The psychology leadership would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 12 2014-2015 APA-CPA psychology interns who are in the midst of wrapping up their internship year.

The psychology internship is one of the final steps taken before students complete their doctoral degrees. Competition for these 12 spots is stiff; 134 students applied for the upcoming academic year. As a result, the interns are an exceedingly skilled group who make a significant contribution to the rotations fortunate enough to have them. Read more

Increasing Social Support for Bisexual Women who use Cannabis

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I recently led a research project that shows that one in three bisexual women have used cannabis in the past year, a rate three to five times the provincial average.

While US and Australian studies have also identified spiking rates of cannabis use by bisexual women, no print or media campaigns have addressed this issue yet. We’re hoping to create such a campaign, rooted in the lived experience of bisexual women, with funding from Women’s College University’s Women’s Xchange program. Read more

Social Sharing: How NYAC is engaging youth online in a positive way

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By Tyson Herzog & Olivia Heffernan, NYAC Peer Facilitators, and Janice Lam and Maree Rodriguez, NYAC Committee Members

Ah, the internet. We’re all familiar with the warnings: violence, porn, chaos, trolling and misinformation. Parents beware! Watch your kids! Shield their eyes! Cover their ears!

We’ve all heard of the dangers: the horrors of sending n00dz on SnapChat and the consequences when private, intimate photo become public, the bullying that happens via Twitter and Facebook, and the growing trend of young people measuring their self-worth on how many ‘likes’ they get on Instagram.

Most young people don’t disagree with the messages behind these warnings. Bullying is terrible, both on the internet and IRL. It’s definitely not okay to share nude pictures of another person with their permission. And a human’s worth is certainly not dependent on their popularity on social media. Read more