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How good is the quality of online tobacco dependence treatment courses?

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By Dr. Stephen Kish, Senior Scientist and Head of the Human Brain Laboratory in the Research Imaging Centre

Addiction to tobacco (presently a legal substance for adults in Canada) is a leading cause of death worldwide — but it is a challenge to deliver effective smoking cessation services at a time of scarce health care dollars.  Many who wish to quit will first contact a health care professional such as a family doctor, nurse or pharmacist for a plan, but few are actually trained in treating tobacco addiction. Read more

Social Work at CAMH: Three perspectives

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Social work plays an important role in the interdisciplinary treatment that is offered at CAMH. On Social Work Day, we spoke with three social workers who shared their reflections as integral team members responsible for the healing and recovery of our clients. Read more

A Primer to Workplace Addiction Issues

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

My previous primer blog addressed the relationship between work and mental illness. In a similar way, I wanted to tackle the topic of substance use, and how individuals are negatively affected by it in the workplace. Read more

From Surviving to Advising

bench-talkingDr. Sacha Agrawal and Pat Capponi, co-leaders of the Patient as Teacher initiative, discuss the positive impact of their program, which pairs fourth year psychiatry residents with people with lived-experience, in order to give a better understanding of the lives and needs of the people they will be helping. Read more

Saying What Needs To Be Said: How to support a loved one struggling with an eating disorder

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By Jessica Bodach, NYAC Member

Watching a loved one struggle with an eating disorder can make a person feel frightened, frustrated, and ultimately useless. It can be hard to even approach the topic of their disorder without fearing that you may make them feel angry and defensive. Unfortunately, when we use avoidance to spare ourselves from having a difficult conversation, we are unintentionally allowing the disorder to continue to damage our loved one’s mind and body. Read more

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