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Off-ward passes in the Forensic Mental Health System – A misunderstood privilege and rehabilitation tool

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

Forensic patients are people who, because they are unwell, have committed an offence. Because their mental illness caused the offence they are sent to a hospital – not prison – to get treatment and rehabilitation for the causes of their offending. This process of recovery is a slow and careful one, overseen by the Ontario Review Board.

Initially, most patients are confined to secure hospital wards while staff work with them to understand their illness, their treatment needs and to develop a rehabilitation and recovery plan in accordance with their Review Board disposition. During this time, staff members also determine the potential risk the patient has to others, as well as to themselves. Once this is achieved, a gradual plan for increasing privileges is put in place so the person may attend treatment opportunities available off the ward. This may also include passes for recreation and socialization opportunities. Read more

How Tobacco Free is keeping me healthy

Tobacco freeLilian Riad-Allen, Project Manager of CAMH’s Tobacco Free Initiative speaks to a client who applauds the move.

I was contacted by a former client named Sean who felt compelled to share his tobacco story. Sean said he was interested in sharing his story because he believes that quitting smoking is the best thing a person can do for their health, especially someone on income support. Read more

The mental health of young people of South Asian origin – a neglected group in Toronto.

141114-Blog3By Gursharan Virdee, Research Analyst, Schizophrenia Division, Complex Mental Illness Program at CAMH

Toronto, the cultural mosaic, provides for a rich and diverse community life. A significant proportion of Toronto’s residents are immigrants, with 12% identifying as South Asian, 11% as Chinese and 9% as African Caribbean (City of Toronto, 2013). For some this is an environment which provides everything needed to thrive, but sadly a significant number are excluded and overlooked from these resources.

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Youth Speak Out on Engagement

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The Northwest Toronto Service Collaborative is a group of service providers and community memberswho are finding ways to improve services for children, youth and families with mental health and addictions needs in North York and City of York.

“The meaningful engagement of individuals with lived experience changes everything. True or false?”

That is the question that was asked of four members of the Northwest Toronto Service Collaborative’s Youth Advisory Group.

These young people have been offering their input into a systems change initiative in North York and City of York called Peer Positive. This initiative is working to support community service providers to engage ‘peers’ as equal partners in the design, delivery, and review of services.

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Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (November 10th to 15th, 2014)

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Rory Culkin delivers perhaps the performance of the festival in Gabriel.

By Jeff Wright, Program Manager for Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, and Media Arts Manger at Workman Arts. He also programs for Canadian Music Week, Calgary Underground Film Festival, and CUFF.Docs.

This week, the staff of Workman Arts sets up temporary shop at TIFF Bell Lightbox for its annual film festival, Rendezvous with Madness. RWM has been exploring and encouraging dialogue about mental illness and addiction through the medium of film for 22 years, and we just announced that our opening night screening of Rocks in My Pockets (the first ever feature-length animated film about mental illness) has sold out.
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