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LEARNing the real meaning of the holidays

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Arthur and Mohammed, clients at LEARN, blog about the importance of getting together to celebrate the season.

Every year, CAMH’s LEARN program invites staff, volunteers, clients and family to celebrate the holidays with a festive party. Singing, dancing, games and plenty of food and presents provided by CAMH Foundation’s Gifts of Light program help to kick off the season and make it a little brighter. Here’s what two of our clients, Arthur and Mohammed, had to say about their holiday experience at CAMH: Read more

Off-ward passes in the Forensic Mental Health System – A misunderstood privilege and rehabilitation tool

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By Dr. Sandy Simpson, Chief of Forensic Psychiatry at CAMH

Dr. Sandy SimpsonForensic patients are people who, because they are unwell, have committed an offence. Because their mental illness caused the offence they are sent to a hospital – not prison – to get treatment and rehabilitation for the causes of their offending. This process of recovery is a slow and careful one, overseen by the Ontario Review Board.

Initially, most patients are confined to secure hospital wards while staff work with them to understand their illness, their treatment needs and to develop a rehabilitation and recovery plan in accordance with their Review Board disposition. During this time, staff members also determine the potential risk the patient has to others, as well as to themselves. Once this is achieved, a gradual plan for increasing privileges is put in place so the person may attend treatment opportunities available off the ward. This may also include passes for recreation and socialization opportunities. Read more

Using videogames to raise awareness of healthy and harmful gaming

soulcrush - blogThe Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health brings treatment professionals and leading researchers together with experts in communicating and sharing knowledge.

Anya has tried every tactic to get her 18 year old son to cut down his video gaming. She has taken away internet access, grounded him and even tried bribing him into doing other activities.  “Peter comes home from school, throws his backpack on the ground and does not come out of his room for hours” she explains. “I can’t even get him to come out for dinner most nights”. When Peter was in high school, Anya connected with her son’s school teachers and school appointed social workers desperately looking for ways to help her son. His grades were slipping, and she was blaming the video games. Now that Peter is in college, he often stays up until 2 or 3 am gaming and browsing the internet and sometimes misses his morning classes. When he’s not playing Counter-Strike, he is watching online videos of people playing. Read more

The Meaning of Remembrance Day

PoppyBy Monica Beron, Social Worker at CAMH

Last week on the subway I saw a kid, a very young kid in street clothes in his early twenties. As the sister of an army kid I always notice the giveaways; the dog tags around the kid’s neck- those were the real thing. I noticed a couple more things. I smiled. I got off at my stop. I wondered when he was deployed. I went home.

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Paying it forward

Jim-Gina-OT-AwardsGina Oades is an Occupational Therapist (OT) with CAMH’s LEARN program, a program that facilitates recovery and community integration for clients recovering from a first episode of psychosis. OTs at CAMH help people to recover and stay well by supporting them while they engage in meaningful occupations in life (Self-care, Leisure, and Productivity).

A few weeks ago, I paid forward an act of kindness on behalf of the clients and staff at LEARN. I secretly nominated two of my CAMH colleagues, Jim Davey and Bill Markakis, for the Excellence in Interprofessional Support of Occupational Therapy Services Award, in recognition for the work that they’ve done connecting our clients with volunteers from the CAMH Corporate Volunteer Program. This program offers hands-on volunteer opportunities that match the values of participating company. This year, the LEARN program, with the help of Jim and Bill, hosted 10 different companies in our Sports & Gym Group!

And what is even more remarkable? They won the award!

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