By 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
By Rani Srivastava, Chief, Nursing & Professional Practice
Following a news release issued by ONA and OPSEU, the Toronto Star published an article on December 17 about an incident that occurred in January 2014. A CAMH Nurse was injured by a patient, and another nurse who came to assist her was injured. This serious incident had an impact on all of us at CAMH.
CAMH is required to notify the Ministry of Labor when such events occur, and we did so. The Ministry investigated thoroughly but has not yet issued a report. Toronto Police investigated and CAMH conducted an internal review with report to our Board of Trustees.
At CAMH, we specialize in treating patients with complex and serious forms of mental illness, including those with behavioral, cognitive and developmental disorders. Our healthcare professionals are skilled in practice protocols and procedures that address the management of agitated/aggressive behavior. We have a comprehensive Workplace Violence Prevention Program in place that includes mandatory training, tools, policies and procedures developed in partnership with our unions as well as ONA and OPSEU central. Read more
By Dr. Sandy Simpson, Chief of Forensic Psychiatry at CAMH
Why are so many people with mental illness in jail?
The problem of people with mental illness being over-represented in the criminal justice system is widely referred to as the ‘criminalisation of the mentally ill’. Why are there more people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system than there should be?
Mental illness rates are about 4 to 7 times more common in prison than in the community. The reasons for this are complex. Read more