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Exiting the streets: homeless youth need more than just housing

Young man sitting down

By Sean Kidd, Psychologist in Chief (interim) CAMH

Almost inevitably, in conversations about youth homelessness, the question “how did they end up on the streets?” is closely followed by the concern “where do they end up?” Read more

Let’s talk about suicide prevention

Pink haired man hugging an senior woman

Photo: Hugs by Halcyon Styn on Flickr, CC

The news of Robin Williams’ death has hit many people hard.

In the aftermath of what the media are reporting as a probable suicide, people have many questions about how suicide can be prevented.

Where can you get help in a crisis?

If you need help:

  • Visit your local emergency department or call 911
  • Contact a nurse at Telehealth Ontario by dialing 1-866-797-0000
  • Call the Kids Help Phone at 1 800 668-6868
  • Call the Good2Talk support line at 1-866-925-5454 (for post-secondary students in Ontario aged 17-25)

>> See more emergency crisis and distress centres

If you’re in crisis, the CAMH Emergency Department is open 24/7.

Treatment and support are available.

>> Treatment from CAMH

>> Ontario Mental Health Helpline (open 24/7 for treatment anywhere in Ontario)​​

The myth that talking about suicide is dangerous—that raising the issue with a troubled person could give them the idea of suicide—persists. Let’s debunk it right now.

If you think someone you care about is thinking about suicide—ask them. Read more

Young and bisexual? Study highlights need for more support

by Margaret Robinson, Mi’kmaq feminist scholar working on LGBTQ issues in health

visualization of social network from study

This beautiful L-word-like diagram shows the recruitment pattern for our Risk & Resilience study on “bi” mental health.

When it comes to LGBTQ health issues, bisexual people are frequently overlooked. Too often, bisexuality is dismissed as a phase or trend, and programs designed for gay, lesbian, or trans youth may not provide the support and mentorship that bisexual youth need.

A study by the CAMH Re:searching for LGBTQ Health team raises important questions about how we understand and support bisexual youth.

Our team surveyed 405 bisexual-identified people across Ontario, and compared the data about young people (between age 16 and 24) with adults (25 and older).

See: Mental Health and Substance Use among Bisexual Youth and Non-Youth in Ontario, Canada

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What does it take to create a healthy work environment?

by Carolyn Dewa, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Head of CAMH’s Centre for Research on Employment and Workplace Health

image of a man with head in hands over a latptop - made of words stress and burnout

Photo: Burnout & Stress

As an economist, I’m often asked questions about efficiency. As in: How do we do more with less?

But we often forget that we’re not asking more of machines – we’re asking more of people.

In our quest for efficiency, we can inadvertently create inefficiency by producing an environment ripe for burnout and high chronic stress. (See: What can we do to stop physician burnout in Canada?)

One clear way of increasing efficiency is to ensure that we have a physically and psychologically healthy work force. The first step towards this goal involves creating a healthy and well-equipped work environment.

A mountain of research (See: Healthy Work: Stress, Productivity, and the Reconstruction of Working Life; Fourth European Working Conditions Survey; Examination of factors associated with the mental health status of principals) tells us that feeling supported by co-workers and supervisors, finding meaning in our jobs, being trusted to finish our work and being accountable for reasonable deadlines all contribute to our mental health.

While we know these things to be true, the question remains – how do we do all this with limited time and resources?

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Nutrition tips to manage nicotine withdrawal

Christina Zavaglia, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Sign in wilderness says - quit smoking and see how it feels

Time for fresh air. Photo by James, CC 

Do you know that CAMH is tobacco-free?

The CAMH dietitians wanted to show support for those thinking about quitting smoking with some tips.

While this may not be an easy feat, healthy eating and proper nutrition are important factors in quitting successfully.

Here are some nutrition and healthy eating tips to help manage some of the common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal: Read more


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