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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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Inspiring Moments

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By Dr. Bruce Pollock, Vice President of Research at CAMH

Every so often, we all experience moments that inspire us, that show us how our efforts fit into a broader perspective.

We had such a moment at our CAMH Campbell Family Mental Health Research Symposium in November. We were honoured with the presence of 2000 Nobel Laureate Dr. Arvid Carlsson. Read more

Understanding mental illness and violence

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

Dr. Sandy SimpsonThere are few issues so misleadingly linked in the public mind as mental illness and violence.

The best efforts of Hollywood, and the media’s tendency to conflate risk and illness in the context of mass shootings in the USA , leaves the public reasonably thinking that people with mental illness present a major risk to the public. They don’t, but this seems counter-intuitive to the public because of all the media images.

So what are the facts? Is there a relationship between mental illness and violence? Read more

Cell Phones and Mobile Apps: The Answer for Addressing Psychosis in Tanzania?

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By Sireesha Bobbili, Special Advisor / Project Coordinator, Office of Transformative Global Health, Social & Epidemiological Research, CAMH

CAMH is well underway on an exciting new initiative in rural Tanzania with the potential to influence the impact of psychosis, a condition that affects approximately 3.9% of the population. Read more

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