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Community Ambassadors at CAMH


By Sandra Luccisano, Community Ambassador

As we celebrate National Non-Smoking Week and the positive impact our Tobacco-Free policy has had on CAMH, I thought it might be an opportune time to talk about the Community Ambassadors, and our role at CAMH. Read more

A closer look at violence in the lives of people with mental health issues.

Black-eye2By Lucy Costa, Empowerment Systemic Advocate at the Empowerment Council

The Empowerment Council, in partnership with the Psychiatric Disabilities Anti-Violence Coalition(PDAC), recently applied for and was awarded the Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) grant to explore the issue of violence in the lives of people with mental health issues. Read more

‘Community’ Reconsidered

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By: Dr. Sean Kidd, Head of the Psychology Service of CAMH’s Schizophrenia Services and Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry

Sean-Kidd-Blue-shirt-croppedI live in a neighbourhood that takes a while to describe. It’s Parkdale, in the West end of the city, around Queen Street between about Dufferin and Roncesvalles. It’s pretty diverse as neighbourhoods go –  both the spaces and the people within it. In a single block you could easily see hipsters on fixed gear bikes, upwardly mobile couples with thousand dollar strollers, people who are living in poverty, and a wide range of ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, and subcultures, all passing a sequence of pawn shops, social services, religious organizations, and places where you can get small, very expensive dabs of moose tartar.

Many people in Toronto live in places like this – places that can get you thinking about spaces – who is going where, who is gaining space and who is losing space. All of this is happening amidst a solid stream of conversation about community – having it, participating in it, building it, and finding it. There is a particularly large volume of community commentary as it relates to people who are marginalized in the city – who with varying degrees of force can be denied access to community and its spaces and resources.  Read more

NYAC Holiday Survival Tips

NYAC Holiday TipsMembers of CAMH’s National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) realized that articles that give helpful holiday tips are often directed toward an older audience – but holidays can be stressful for young people too! Read below for some stories and tips for young people, written by young people. Read more

LEARNing the real meaning of the holidays

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Arthur and Mohammed, clients at LEARN, blog about the importance of getting together to celebrate the season.

Every year, CAMH’s LEARN program invites staff, volunteers, clients and family to celebrate the holidays with a festive party. Singing, dancing, games and plenty of food and presents provided by CAMH Foundation’s Gifts of Light program help to kick off the season and make it a little brighter. Here’s what two of our clients, Arthur and Mohammed, had to say about their holiday experience at CAMH: Read more


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