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‘Selfree’ – The Freedom to be Me

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Deryn Duesbery,Yasmine Gray, Malindu Danthanarayana, and Finola Dsouza blog about their own experiences with self-image, mental health, and the powerful new campaign from NYAC, #Selfree

I had this really weird moment back in high school when I found myself identifying with Jekyll and Hyde. There was me – happy, sixteen, doing well in school, dating a cute boy. And then there was the me that didn’t really feel like me at all – moody, distant, and always just so freaking tired. That other me could barely do anything but stay in bed all day and ignore my phone, emerging from my room after eight hours of Netflix to snap at my sister and manipulate my way out of eating a full meal. But that wasn’t a part of me I let everyone see. That wasn’t a part of me I let anyone see, actually. Image is not always reality.

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Engaging in the Next Big Breakthroughs with CAMH

Breakthrough-Challenge-BlogMorgan Barense, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Toronto and Co-Chair of CAMH Engage, blogs on the Breakthrough Challenge, a research-inspired event in support of CAMH Foundation on November 6.

Morgan Barense

Morgan Barense

As a scientist, I’m always excited to hear about the next big breakthrough – a discovery that will change the way we look at a disease or a new treatment that will change lives of patients. Through their commitment to discovery, CAMH is inspiring hope in millions of Canadians who suffer from mental illness and addiction.

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Legalizing Marijuana : One Mother’s Perspective

Photo courtesy of 'drivebysh00ter' on Flickr

Photo courtesy of ‘drivebysh00ter’ on Flickr

A mother and supporter of the CAMH Foundation talks about her son’s experience with cannabis, and why she supports the recently-released CAMH Cannabis Policy Framework.

When I tell people that marijuana has ruined my son’s life but I think that it should be legalized, they are surprised. I understand that. It is a conclusion I reached only after much research and thought.

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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

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