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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


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

Alzheimer’s Disease in Canada: An Infographic

The Ottawa Shootings: Sensationalism, terrorism or mental illness?

By Lori Spadorcia, Vice President, Communications and Partnerships at CAMH


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When the news came across the twitterverse, I was in an Executive Leadership Team meeting. It seemed unreal for Canada but soon after the emails started to file in one by one – subject line: “I’m ok, in lockdown but safe”. Several of my former colleagues and friends were keeping in touch – no doubt also hoping to receive information from the outside to understand the situation around them. I worked on Parliament Hill for a decade – it was an absolute privilege and it still feels like a home to me. In fact, I remember being in those exact hallways during another horrific event – 9/11.

Ironically, I was to attend an event that afternoon with the Prime Minister and Malala Yousafzai on her first visit to Canada – Malala herself a symbol of the global fight against terrorism.

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Mental illness: Can improved awareness break through the stigma?

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We know more collectively about mental health than at any other time in history. Through a broad range of public education initiatives, we have expanded our knowledge and awareness of these illnesses, as well as the experiences of people who suffer from them.

But that crucial next step – pushing past simple knowledge and empathy to change behaviours and affect policy, breaking through the enormous stigma that continues to surround mental illness – remains elusive.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, roughly one in five Canadians has experienced some form of mental illness. That’s over seven million people in this country alone. The implications of such a large number is wide-ranging, whether from a public health or socio-economic perspective. It’s an issue that continues to have mental health experts, as well as other health care professionals and policymakers, struggling to find solutions.

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