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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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Trauma and Tragedy

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Image courtesy of ErasingScott on Flickr

by Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

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Dr. Donna Ferguson

In the wake of tragic events such as last week’s shooting in Ottawa, many unanswered questions have arisen about the role that mental illness played, if any, in this attack. What I would like to discuss today is something different—the impact that such a traumatic event can have on others, including people we may know or work with.

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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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