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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

Beyond Concurrent Disorders: The power of faith


By Donna Alexander, Social Worker in CAMH’s Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

“How do you continue to do this job?”

This is a question that people often ask when they find out what I do for a living. This is not because my job poses any sort of immediate danger or risk, but rather, due to the amount of stress it can place on a person. For the past ten years I have been working in an ethno-specific service with Black youth that are concurrently disordered.   Read more

A Primer on Cross-Cultural Issues in Mental Health


By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

Attitudes toward mental illness vary among individuals, families, ethnicities, cultures, and countries. Cultural backgrounds can often influence individual’s beliefs about mental illness and shape their attitudes toward being mentally ill or their view of individuals suffering with mental illness. It can also be an influencing factor in how people experience stigma related beliefs about mental illness. It is therefore important to understand individual and cultural beliefs related to mental illness in order to implement effective approaches to overall assessment and care. 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

Seeing Being Scene


Steven Lewis stands in front of his piece, “Waiting” at the Being Scene art exhibit

With thanks to Steven Lewis, Visual Artist in Residence at Workman Arts

Variety. Passion. Honesty.

Steven Lewis uses these three simple, succinct words to describe the latest artwork featured at Workman Arts’ Being Scene – an annual juried exhibit that is currently on display at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Steven currently serves as the Visual Artist in Residence at the multidisciplinary art and mental health organization, of which he’s been a member for four years. Read more


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