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Images From the Field: Spiritual leaders on mental health in Haiti

Hait-blog-headerBy Michael-Jane Levitan, Special Advisor, Office of Transformative Global Health

Dèyè mon gen mon
Behind the mountains, there are mountains

This popular Haitian proverb reminds us that there is more than what meets the eye. This is crucial for the work we are doing with spiritual leaders in Haiti; the main providers of mental health support. Exploring language, idioms, values, beliefs, and symbols is hugely important to better grasp cultural nuances and to appreciate the whole picture; mountains beyond mountains. Read more

The Role of Dietitians at CAMH


By Christina Zavaglia, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator, Complex Mental Illness Program

What’s the difference between a “dietitian” and a “nutritionist?”

That is one of the most common questions we dietitians get asked! And since this month is Nutrition Month, I wanted to help answer the question on who we are and what we do – especially at a large mental health hospital like CAMH.

Dietitians are highly skilled regulated health professionals that are knowledgeable about nutrition, food, and healthy eating. We have received education in science, management, population health, and human development. Dietitians work in a variety of areas including, hospitals, community health centres, research, and food corporations. Read more

Social Work at CAMH: Three perspectives


Social work plays an important role in the interdisciplinary treatment that is offered at CAMH. On Social Work Day, we spoke with three social workers who shared their reflections as integral team members responsible for the healing and recovery of our clients. Read more

Selling Alcohol in Grocery Stores: Hidden Risks and Alternative Options

alcohol-grocery2 By Dr. Norman Giesbrecht, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Public Health and Regulatory Policy Section In the last few days we have heard about plans to permit the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores in Ontario. For the most part, media reports have made no reference to potential health and safety risks associated with the proposed changes. You would have thought that the reporters were talking about changing the distribution of milk or orange juice in Ontario. What about the possible increase in alcohol-related incidents or negative impact on vulnerable populations — is that not relevant to the discussion? Read more

Eating 9 to 5: Challenges in the Workplace

Nutrition Month blog

March is Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eating 9 to 5!” The campaign focuses on eating well at work, and according to a recent study, 45 per cent of individuals say healthy eating is challenging in the workplace. Proper nutrition at work is key because it can help improve concentration, productivity, and vitality. And there’s no doubt that proper nutrition goes hand-in-hand with both physical and mental health.

Here are some tips provided by CAMH’s dieticians on how to deal with challenges of eating well in the workplace. Read more


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