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Posts from the ‘Education’ Category

Raising Awareness about Autism: Some tips for clinicians

Autism_awarenessBy Dr. Yona Lunsky, Clinician Scientist in the Dual Diagnosis Service and Director of the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program

October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada – an  opportunity for mental health care providers to become more aware of what Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is, and perhaps more importantly, what it feels like to have ASD and need mental health supports. I think it is important for us to discuss these very issues. Today I offer some suggestions for health care providers on how we can make mental health services a little more “autism friendly”. Read more


LaptopBy Deana Ruston, National Youth Advisory Committee Member

Saturday, October 10th, the final day of Mental Illness Awareness Week, marks World Mental Health Day, and we would like to write about an event that brought tons of attention to the role of cyberbullying in death by suicide of young people. Many people around the world know about the young woman named Amanda Todd from British Columbia. She had been relentlessly cyberbullied by an individual based in the Netherlands. This form of cyberbullying (the individual consistently revealing a topless photo of Amanda) caused waves in her life. She was bullied, harassed and even assaulted by classmates even after switching schools multiple times.

Amanda died by suicide on October 10, 2012. She was 15 years old. Read more

Pixar’s Inside Out gets it Right-side Up!


By Corine Carlisle, Clinical Head, Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service

“Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head?”

I do.

In fact, you could say that as a psychiatrist it is my job to wonder what is going on in people’s heads!

So when Pixar’s new movie release, Inside Out opened with this question, I was hooked and also a little cautious.  How was an animated movie going to navigate this delicate and intricate subject? Read more

Teaching and Learning – A LEARN and Design Exchange Collaboration


By Natalie Yiu, Occupational Therapist at CAMH’s LEARN

I work at CAMH’s Learning, Employment, Advocacy, Recreation, Network (LEARN) program, which serves clients who have experienced an episode of psychosis, and is aimed at re-integrating them back into the the community. We strive to offer clients a varied experience, through programs that are thought-provoking, challenging, and fun – while also improving their mental health and well-being.

So when Brigitte Huard, Programming Coordinator at Design Exchange, approached me about doing a community outreach program with LEARN to enhance access to arts and design, it was a dream come true! Read more

Using Creative Arts to Train Haitian Spiritual Leaders on Therapy for “Crooked” Thoughts


By Michael-Jane Levitan, Special Advisor, Office of Transformative Global Health

Kwochi, the Creole word for “crooked,” can be used to describe problematic thinking; an underlying principle of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This expression was heard many times during a recent research-based CBT training in Haiti and perfectly captures how this therapy can help to “straighten” unhealthy thought patterns. Read more