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The great yarn bombing of 2014

So you wouldn’t believe how excited we’re getting at CAMH about being YARN BOMBED!

CAMH’s Queen Street site is lucky enough to be the target of a community event: 100 in 1 Day, a citizen driven-festival to unite people across the city to make Toronto a better place by creating acts of urban change.

The event is held in several Canadian cities, with Toronto events taking place this Saturday, June 7.

There are all types of creative projects happening on Saturday – the yarn bombing at CAMH is one of 170 events taking place across the city. The interventions are intended to raise awareness of urban and social issues, inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems.

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Exploring the future of mental health services

by Josina Vink, Regional Implementation Coordinator, GTA Region, Provincial System Support Program

What might we find in our bathroom cabinets in 2034?

What could the future of mental health services look like?

What does it mean to invest in future-oriented health innovation?

These are the questions explored by 40 service providers, innovators and individuals with lived experience of mental health needs at a session hosted by MaRS and CAMH on May 23rd.

Chris McCarthy, innovation lead at Kaiser Permanente, opened up the afternoon with a demonstration of the value and process of establishing innovation capacity within healthcare settings, exemplified by the development of Kaiser’s Innovation Consultancy.

The discussion with Chris was followed by a hands-on workshop to test out an emerging innovation method to explore the future of mental health.

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Q&A: Exploring the ties between physical and mental health

By Joan Chang, Communications Coordinator with Public Affairs at CAMH

You likely know obesity is a health problem for the general Canadian population. What you may not know is that obesity is of particular concern for people with mental illness.

I spoke with Dr. Rohan Ganguli, who has been studying obesity and mental health for 15 years. He’s Senior Scientist at CAMH, Professor of Psychiatry with the Faculty of Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Chronic Disease Management at the University of Toronto. He’s one of the organizers and speakers at this year’s Mental Health and Obesity Conference (pdf), on May 14 in Toronto. Read more

Innovation and mental health: What can social entrepreneurs teach us?

By Dr. Sean Kidd, Head of the Psychology Service of the CAMH Schizophrenia Program, Independent Clinician Scientist, and Assistant Professor with the McMaster and University of Toronto Departments of Psychiatry

Accessing mental health treatments and professionals is a pervasive problem in low income countries.

Along with the general lack of resources (such as one psychiatrist per million people), it is regularly found that uniform, top-down health interventions fail.

However, in the very settings where harsh political, social, and economic conditions would seem to represent a total impasse, compelling local examples of social innovation are coming to life.

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Calling all young artists! Help advocate for LGBT inclusion

by Janet Mawhinney, Director of Community Engagement at CAMH

Are you an artistic young person that believes in inclusion for all people – regardless of sexual or gender orientation? Do you celebrate diversity?

You’re invited to submit your art by April 25, 2014 – as part of the 4th Wall Youth Solidarity project, a joint project of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and WorldPride 2014 Toronto.

Why we like the Youth Solidarity Project

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