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The ballots are counted. Is it a new day for mental health in Canada?

CdnFlagBy Lori Spadorcia, Vice President, Communications and Partnerships at CAMH

After a lengthy federal election campaign, change is in the air this week as the Trudeau government begins its tenure. Read more

Housing is a mental health issue


By Roslyn Shields, Senior Policy Analyst at CAMH

Did you know that over 500,000 Canadians with mental illness have inadequate housing? That over 100,000 are homeless?

Every day thousands of people with mental illness sleep in shelters or on the streets. Some live in housing that is unsafe and in disrepair. Others are stuck in hospital because no housing matches their needs. Read more

Opioids, legal or not, can kill; It’s time for action


By Dr. Peter Selby, Chief of Addictions and Director of Medical Education at CAMH

In the past few weeks, the media has covered a spate of tragic deaths from overdose due to fentanyl, a very potent opioid, some 50 times stronger than morphine. What’s more is that new research shows skyrocketing prescription rates and illegally produced opioids are accessible across the country.

Overdose deaths are needless and entirely preventable; it’s time to take action.

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Selling Alcohol in Grocery Stores: Hidden Risks and Alternative Options

Beer_at_grocery_store By Dr. Norman Giesbrecht, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Public Health and Regulatory Policy Section

In the last few days we have heard about plans to permit the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores in Ontario. For the most part, media reports have made no reference to potential health and safety risks associated with the proposed changes. You would have thought that the reporters were talking about changing the distribution of milk or orange juice in Ontario. What about the possible increase in alcohol-related incidents or negative impact on vulnerable populations – is that not relevant to the discussion? Read more

Never Goin’ Back

CZ 2012By Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, CAMH

Earlier this week, the New York Times published an op-ed commenting on an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA). In the AMA article, three ethicists argued that the movement to deinstitutionalize the mentally ill has been a failure. The op-ed author reiterated the fact that deinstitutionalization has failed those who suffer acute mental illness – and that would be true. However, I was disappointed to hear her go on to say that rather than recalibrate supports for our patients in the community, we should go back to the olden days. Read more


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