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Movies and Madness

RWM-Juanicas-blog2By Geoff Pevere, Teacher, Critic, Broadcaster, Author, and Program Director of the 2015 Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival

To be perfectly honest, connecting movies and madness has never been much of a stretch for me. Judging by an oft-repeated anecdote wherein I, barely aged five, shifted seats several times in order to confront the spectacle from every possible angle, I went crazy for the medium almost from the first moment my father took me to see 101 Dalmations in 1962.

In that sense, the opportunity handed me this year to act as Program Director of the 23rd annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival is an organic (and very lucky) extension of my own issues: I’ve never approached the movies with anything less than an all-consuming personal obsession, and the particular allure movies about unhinging minds have held for me now makes perfect sense. I think madness is at the core of what movies do best, and it was only a matter of time before they got their due for doing something the world has only recently begun to catch up with: looking into the mirror of our own mental health experiences and confronting the distortions of our own perceptions. Read more

The ballots are counted. Is it a new day for mental health in Canada?

CdnFlagBy Lori Spadorcia, Vice President, Communications and Partnerships at CAMH

After a lengthy federal election campaign, change is in the air this week as the Trudeau government begins its tenure. Read more

Straight Outta Cambridge


Inspiration and innovation can come in many forms and through seemingly divergent avenues.

For Cambridge University’s Dr. Akeem Sule and Dr. Becky Inkster, common ground was found in psychiatric research, but it was a love for music that truly inspired them to work together on an eclectic yet esoteric project. And so Toronto’s Royal York Hotel played host to a unique event as part of the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, as the pair spoke to a diverse crowd of psychiatrists, researchers, musicians, dancers, people with lived experience and urban music aficionados. Read more

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere….


By Christina Zavaglia, Dietitian at CAMH

Sugar has been a hot nutrition topic in the press over the last several months. The media has focused specifically on added sugar, which has been linked to obesity and dental cavities. There is also newer research suggesting that high intakes of added sugar could be a risk factor for depression, however more research is needed to confirm these findings.

In a world where we have access to so much information, here is some information you can trust about added sugar, where it comes from, and what you can do to reduce your intake to stay healthy. Read more

The Art of Letting Go: My Battle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

By Deanna Orlando, NYAC member

Letting go is a process. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen.

My descent into Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) began during my first year in university. As a freshman, I was constantly reminded that this is supposed to be the ‘time of my life.’ In reality, it wasn’t. My first two years as an undergrad,were unbearable. It was the definitive moment when I allowed my mind to bully my body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. Read more