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Beyond Stigma

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Ashley Smith, MSW, and Craig Currah present to a group of students

By Craig Currah, Recreationist, Partial Hospital Program

A few weeks ago, CAMH received a concerned inquiry about a new program with a potentially stigmatizing name, which we were offering at the hospital. At first, I thought nothing of it – until I realized that this “new” program was actually one that I have been helping to facilitate! So before any further misunderstanding, let me explain the name and the program in a bit more detail. After all, its purpose is to dispel any myths by talking and sharing. Read more

Five Years at CAMH: Reflections

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By Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO at CAMH

I had the honour of speaking at the CAMH Service Awards Reception last week, celebrating staff members who have served at CAMH for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years. Over 3,465 years of service were recognized this year! During these events, it’s been my habit to mingle amongst the guests and ask a specific question: “What has kept you at CAMH for all this time?”

This year was different. I was proud to receive my five-year service pin, giving me a chance to reflect on the question I had asked so many others. It seemed only fair to share my own thoughts and feelings on why working with the dedicated staff at CAMH is so amazing. Those of us who work at CAMH come for many different reasons, but the reasons we stay are the same – our patients, our team and our cause.  Read more

Standing Together in Pink

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By Olivia Heffernan, NYAC Co-Facilitator, and Maree Rodriguez, NYAC member

The idea for Pink Shirt Day started when a student came to school wearing a pink shirt and was made fun of for wearing it. Two students in the school heard about this incident and decided to do something about it. They went to their local discount store and bought fifty pink shirts and asked other students to wear pink in support of the student who was bullied. NYAC’s Olivia and Maree share their experiences with bullying, to raise awareness about this ongoing issue and important awareness day. Read more

Continuing the Conversation

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It’s sometimes hard to believe how far our society has come in its advocacy of mental illness. Read more

Teach them well and let them lead the way

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Earlier this month, CAMH was host to a group of 30 grade 9 students as part of the national Take Our Kids to Work Day program – an initiative that has been a long-standing tradition at CAMH for over a decade.

Those young enough to have attended their own Take Our Kids to Work day in the past might remember that awkward day of missing school to visit a parent’s office, potentially job shadowing a staff member, and for the unlucky ones, actually doing office work answering phones or organizing files.

Things are a bit different at CAMH – recently billed as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers – which offered a full day of activities for its young guests. Read more

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